Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg is to feature at the Fringe show this summer organised by the National Collective, the grassroots artists' movement in favour of Scottish independence.

Bragg, an English political activist who is backing the Yes vote, will be part of the shows at the Scottish Storytelling Centre during the August festival month.

Other artists included in the shows, which will feature "theatre-makers to troublemakers, poets to polemicists, activists to artists", will include author and playwright Alan Bissett; singer and songwriter Aidan Moffat, formerly of Arab Strap; playwright Kieran Hurley;writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch; and poet Rachel McCrum.

The shows will be broadcast online to reach as many potential viewers as possible.

The show, entitled National Collective Presents, will run from August 7 to 23.

It is sure to be only one of many independence-themed shows at this year's Fringe, which is officially launched in early June.

Ross Colquhoun, a graphic designer and artist who helps organise the National Collective, which has more than 2000 members, said: "The Fringe is one of the foremost cultural events anywhere on the planet, and it's only right that we use this as an opportunity to reflect on and engage with Scotland's independence debate.

"Every event will be different, and we will showcase a range of top artists and musicians who've been inspired by the independence debate.

"The events will all be broadcast online, to ensure as wide an audience as possible."

"We hope that people use this as an opportunity to listen, to challenge and to be challenged while we edge closer to Scotland's greatest ever historic moment."

He added: "We're delighted to welcome Billy Bragg, a widely renowned musician and left-wing activist, who will bring a fascinating international perspective to the programme."

The show will include personal stories, a surprise guest every night, and audience participation.

The event will come shortly after the National Collective Yestival tour, which will take art, culture and politics across Scotland as part of the summer of independence.

The National Collective describes itself as the "non-party movement for artists and creatives who support Scottish independence", with groups based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling, Inverness and Aberdeen, where they hold events and organise meetings, concerts and other activities.