Tag Archives: Richard Thompson

Dori Freeman’s Letters Never Read

The first single and opening track on Dori Freeman’s delightful sophomore album is a sunny, optimistic and warm portrait of love called “If I Could Make You My Own.” It’s a sweetly swinging tune full of professions of all the … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Acoustic Rarities

Richard Thompson has always been a fairly prolific musician, but these past few years have been extraordinary. In addition to regular studio releases with his trio, solo and band tours, cruise tours and arts camps, he keeps popping out solo … Continue reading

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Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 10-12 August 2017

(Please note: For various reasons I will not mention all the groups that played this year.) There is some dispute about when the first Cropredy festival took place. The most common view is that it was the farewell concert Fairport … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Acoustic Classics Vol. II

Richard Thompson follows up his popular Acoustic Classics release from 2014 with a second volume, aptly titled Acoustic Classics Vol. II. It’s a handpicked selection of some of his currently most popular songs from his solo acoustic performances, hitting all … Continue reading

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Patrick Humphries’ Richard Thompson: The Biography

Biographies of musicians are always dangerous propositions. Too many are tell-alls that insist on concentrating on lurid details and scandal, to the point where the reader forgets that the book is about a musician. Others go the other way, and … Continue reading

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Dear Richard, Please Will You Play…? Three shows, three settings, one happy woman

Saturday night in Saratoga, California and for the third time in as many months, I’m gearing up to let an evening of music make me very, very happy. ​The Carriage House, at the Montalvo Arts Centre, is a lovely little … Continue reading

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Thompson’s Family

Fans of Richard and Linda Thompson have been waiting for them to record together again since they broke up more than 30 years ago. I suppose a reunion of sorts became inevitable when two of their offspring, Teddy and Kami, … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Acoustic Classics

Richard Thompson’s style and competence as a solo performance have evolved a lot in just the past 20 years, and even more since he broke up with his former wife and singing partner Linda Thompson and set out on his … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Electric

Electric which someone calculates to be Richard Thompson’s 40th release, features the English folk-rock icon in a power trio setting, with plenty of power provided by drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk, both of whom have been playing with … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Strict Tempo!

Lately, every time Richard Thompson issues a new recording, a spate of interviews appears in print and online media, conducted by writers of varying familiarity with his extensive oeuvre. Inevitably, one of more of them will ask him about his … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson Band’s Live At Celtic Connections (DVD)

The most recent incarnation of the Richard Thompson Band started its run with a string of nine or 10 shows along the West Coast of the U.S. in February of 2010. They played a set of 13 new songs that … Continue reading

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Richard & Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out The Lights (Deluxe Edition)

What is left to be said about Richard & Linda Thompson’s swan song and masterpiece Shoot Out The Lights? It has garnered all kinds of honors in the nearly 30 years since its 1982 release, landing on more “best of” … Continue reading

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Richard & Linda Thompson’s Hokey Pokey

It’s probably going too far to say that Hokey Pokey is an overlooked gem in the Richard Thompson catalog. But this, the second of six studio albums released by Richard and Linda Thompson between 1974 and 1982, generally doesn’t receive … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Walking On A Wire, 1968-2009

What can you say about a musician whose career began more than 40 years ago and whose creative and physical energies are still going strong? If the artist in question is Richard Thompson, you needn’t say anything. Just open the … Continue reading

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Richard and Linda Thompson’s I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

Richard and Linda Thompson are among the most revered of musical couples in rock history, at least among fans not confined to music’s bland mainstream. That reverence is largely based on two albums: their first, I Want To See The … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Sweet Warrior

Sweet Warrior is Richard Thompson’s best set of songs this millennium. I like it best, anyway, of his studio releases since 1999’s Mock Tudor. Starting with that album, all of RT’s recent releases have been “theme,” if not actual “concept” … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s ‘RT’ The life and music of Richard Thompson

“It’s good to be able to choose to look back.” — Richard Thompson, as quoted by Nigel Schofield in ‘RT’ A celebration of the life and music of Richard Thompson, the book accompanying the box set of the same name. … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Front Parlour Ballads

A new release from Richard Thompson is always an occasion, although this one is perhaps a bit less so than most. For an “aging folk-rocker,” Mr. Thompson is in the midst of an extraordinarily productive period. Freed from the constraints … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s The Old Kit Bag

In these angst-ridden times, it’s appropriate that Richard Thompson subtitles his first studio release in nearly four years, “Unguents, Fig Leaves and Tourniquets for the Soul.” But one can rarely take anything about Richard Thompson at face value, except for … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson’s Watching the Dark

Richard Thompson is often described as a cult figure, a description that Thompson himself defines as meaning that he does not have hit records and, as a result, does not make a fortune from his art. Even adepts of the … Continue reading

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