It was scary when I first heard it, I couldn’t quite believe it. It expressed what I felt and the upbeat music suited the words and the way I’ve been tackling the illness. I’m not too bothered about it being on the CD, I care more about it pleasing my family and helping other people.
Billy Bragg is a British singer songwriter who first came to prominence in 1983 with his debut album, 'Life's a Riot'. Since then he has become one of the country's best known and best loved popular musicians. Dubbed Britain's finest rock poet by the British music paper, NME, Billy's high quality songwriting shuns the glossy values traditionally associated with pop music.
Apart from his music and his sense of humour, Billy is also well known for his personal commitment to political and humanitarian issues. He says he was politicised by Margaret Thatcher, and his experiences while actively supporting the British mining communities during the Miners Strike of 1984/85 proved a strong early influence. http://www.billybragg.co.uk
Catherine Batten is Rosetta Life artist-in-residence at Trimar Hospice, Weymouth, where she developed We Laughed with Maxine and Billy Bragg.