Kate Nash and Billy Bragg team up at Shockwaves NME Awards

Bards of the past and present mash up their biggest hits

Kate Nash and Billy Bragg have mashed up their hits ‘Foundations’ and ‘A New England’ for an exclusive performance at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.

The duo performed the two tracks at London’s IndigO2, with Bragg adding guitar and vocals to Nash’s 2007 Number Two hit and the pianist contributing her keyboard and vocal skills to the veteran singer-songwriter’s 1983 signature tune.

The late Kirsty MacColl covered Bragg’s song in 1985, contributing an extra verse which Bragg continues to sing in her honour following her death in 2000.

Speaking before the performance, Nash also took issue with the readers’ votes for Best Live Band.

“I have to say Muse aren’t the best live band,” she told the audience. “The Cribs are!”

For all the awards coverage head to NME.COM/awards now. We have exclusive picture galleries, live webcams, minute-by-minute blogs straight from the ceremony and Big Gig and video interviews with the biggest names at the ceremony.

That’s just the beginning – the ceremony is being broadcast on E4 at 11pm (GMT) tonight (February 28), with highlights following tomorrow (29) on Channel 4 from 11.50pm.

Meanwhile, next week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from March 5 – will contain the ultimate coverage, interviews and photos from the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards.