The RT Facebook page brings news of a new Richard Thompson documentary and a screening, followed by a Q&A with the director and Richard, at The Picurehouse in London’s glidering west end this Thursday. I can’t really justify the trip and the ticket price for a short film and some chat, but there are plenty of others here who might want a heads up. Details in the link.
Anyone with experience of going to the Cadogan Hall? It’s a new one for me and I’ve got tickets to see Richard Thompson there on the 23rd (£50 each!). The tickets say doors 7:30. Anyone who has been there before and might be able to give me an idea of when RT is likely to take the stage?
That nice Mr Paphides tweeted a link to this and what a treat it is. Full House era line-up of Fairport Convention with the addition of Linda Thompson. Right proper music that. Happy Friday
15 Thommo UK solo dates just announced for October, all tickets on sale tomorrow at 10 am. Fill your boots.
Following on from ChrisF’s post at new year regarding the RT acoustic sessions (http://theafterword.co.uk/richard-thompson-acoustic-vol-2/) there’s a small selection of RT acoustic tracks available on Noisetrade for a free taster.
– I want to see the bright lights tonight – 1952 Vincent Black Lightning – I misunderstood – Beeswing
For a very British take on the Tiny Desk Concerts rightly celebrated by @pajp below you could do worse than to try the Black Cab Sessions – all your favourite musos have one take to play a song recorded in the back of a black cab. This one with RT, Judith Owen and Debra Donkin playing a mournful medieval carol while crammed into the back of a cab with a guitar, a large drum and a cameraman, is favourite of mine, but there are dozens of them in the link.
Just an old-fashioned love song One I’m sure they wrote for you and me Just an old-fashioned love song Comin’ down in three-part harmony
So sang the Three Dog Night in 1971.
Today I heard the song Beeswing by Richard Thompson and was reminded that, not only is it a mighty song in its own right, but it’s also one of the most wonderful, tear-inducing love songs I can think of. Beeswing has it all: Wonderful lyrics that I can totally identify with, a melody to die for and guitar playing we bedroom strummers (oo-er) can only dream of.
It’s the perfect love song, isn’t it?
Unless you know better.
Fans of the beret’d one might like to know that he appeared on Later last night. iPlayer link for whole show included.
I know nothing about him apart from his gangster-lizard-overlord family. A few desultory searches haven’t revealed much, other than he might, just possibly, perhaps, not be the Cthulhu-alike I was expecting from the name.
Given that Hills is unlikely to win, regardless of her capabilities (because woman, because another Dem), and that Trump is a freaking horrorshow we can rely on to crash and burn in a bonfire of his own vanities, is Jeb the best of a bad bunch? Is he “his own man” or just another chip off the old blockhead?
Any links to sane, balanced overviews of the man and his policies (if he has any) much appreciated. Or post your own wild opinions here in order that I may formulate my own thereof.
(My search for a picture of him that wasn’t boring also drew a blank.)
An old and well worn topic to be sure, but songs are being written all the time with previous unused words in them. I bought Richard Thompson’s new album Still yesterday and was listening to it on the walk to work this morning when my ear was caught by the following couplet (from No Peace No End):
Geneva Convention gets used as a pessary, Olive branch is a fashion accessory
Surely ‘pessary’ has never been used in popular song before? It’s hard to think of an occasion when its use might have been necessary, but the man who once used ‘misericord’ in a song is still trawling the dictionary to widen the vocabulary of song. Any more recent entries?
The Guardian are streaming Richard Thompson’s new album, Still, here. Now lets see if these links work.
Seeing him soon. Finally touring with a band. Here is an interview he did in support of the tour . In another interview he commented that his CD sales are still holding up. Obviously his fans are old and old school.
This is grim. Philip Pickett has been jailed for 11 years for ‘exceptionally serious’ sexual assaults on pupils at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he was a tutor. He’s a wonderful musician, though clearly a dreadful human being, and his collaboration with Richard Thompson, The Bones of All Men, is a favourite of mine.
First details here: http://addictedtonoise.com.au/richard-thompson-reveals-jeff-tweedy-produced-album/