1988 Tour

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? unknown info
* confirmed
# taken from tape trader lists (and therefor far from reliable)
% major doubts over appearance at this event


15 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands *

15 – Markthalle, Hamburg, West Germany (The Oyster Band opened and joined Michelle for final encore)

16 – Wartesaal im Hbf, Cologne, West Germany *


12 – Royal Court, Liverpool, England (opening for Billy Bragg; The Beatnigs also played)

12 – Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland (opening for Billy Bragg; The Beatnigs also played)

12 – Concert For Kids, New York or Los Angeles

16 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England (opening for Billy Bragg)

17 – Assembly Rooms, Derby, England (opening for Billy Bragg)

18 – St George’s Hall Bradford, UK, Beatnigs, Michelle Shocked, Billy Bragg, Workers Playtime tour

23 – Colston Hall, Bristol, England (opening for Billy Bragg; The Beatnigs also played)

24 – St Davids Hall, Cardiff, Wales (opening for Billy Bragg)

29/30 – w/ Sophia Ramos, Dominion Theatre, London, England (last two nights of tour with Billy Bragg) *


1 – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles CA (opening for Billy Bragg)

6 – Club Clearview, Dallas TX (opening for Billy Bragg)

8 – Rockefellers, Houston TX (opening for Billy Bragg)

12 – Metroplex, Atlanta GA (opening for Billy Bragg)

13 – Late Show with David Letterman, Los Angeles? CA [broadcast date]

17 – Power Center, Ann Arbor MI (opening for Billy Bragg; Mancotal also played)

20 – Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA (opening for Billy Bragg; Weddings, Parties, Anything also played)

22 – Irvine Auditorium, Philadelphia PA (opening for Billy Bragg; Weddings, Parties, Anything also played) *

? – CBGB’s, New York NY #

? – Mixed Bag radio program, WNEW-FM, New York NY #

25 – Hard Rock Cafe, New York NY #

26 – Beacon Theater, New York NY (shared the bill with Billy Bragg; benefit for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and the Living With AIDS Fund) *

? – CMJ Music Marathon (27-30 Oct), ?, New York NY (keynote speaker)

31 – McGill University, Montreal, Canada (opening for Billy Bragg; Weddings, Parties, Anything also played)


20 – 2 Meter Sessies radio show, Hilversum, The Netherlands *

22 – The Short Sharp Shocked Tour, Bierkeller, Bristol, England (special guest The Doonicans)

23 – The Short Sharp Shocked Tour, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England (special guest Rory McLeod) *

24 – The Short Sharp Shocked Tour, Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England (special guest Rory McLeod)

25 – The Short Sharp Shocked Tour, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London, England

26 – The Short Sharp Shocked Tour, The Riverside, Newcastle, England (special guest The Doonicans)

27 – The Short Sharp Shocked Tour, Trent Poly S.U., Nottingham, England (special guest Rory McLeod)


26 – The Riverside, Newcastle, England


1 – Hotel Amazon, New York NY


16 – Town & Country Club, London, England (as support to The Bhundu Boys) *

? – Amnesty International Festival Of Youth, Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes, England (18-19 June)


6 – Cabaret Metro, Chicago IL (opening for Billy Bragg; Weddings, Parties, Anything also played)

7 – St Andrews Hall, Detroit MI (opening for Billy Bragg)

10 – Rivoli Tavern, Toronto, Canada #

11 – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN #


16 – Opening for Billy Bragg, City Gargens, Trenton NJ *

19 – Opening for Billy Bragg, Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC

21 – Opening for Billy Bragg, Palmer Auditorium, Connecticut College, New London CT (benefit for Student Government Association) *

24 – Farnham Folk Festival, Farnham, England (accompanied by Dave Peabody on some songs) *

Exact dates for the following appearances are unknown:

The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA (1988; opened for the Cowboy Junkies)

Vanha, Helsinki, Finland (late 1987/early 1988) *

18th Festival des Politischen Liedes (Festival of Political Song), Berlin, East Germany (early? 1988) #

The Boston Opera House, Boston (Billy Bragg also played; probably late 1988)

Troy Music Hall, Troy NY (Billy Bragg & Mambo-X also played; 1988) *

?, Cambridge MA (shared bill with Rick Danko; 1988)

Festival Hot Point, Lausanne, Switzerland (1988)

Dordrecht (folk festival), The Netherlands (1988?) *

Tower Records, ? (~Aug 1988?; Billy Bragg also played) *

The Leadmill, Sheffield, England (w/ band?; 1988?) *

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