Richard Thompson, we’re thrilled to announce, is the subject of this year’s live MOJO Interview at Green Man 2019. “I have no perspective on what I am doing. Rafferty did not recover his investment.. With spare studio time and the American session musicians hired to work on the Covington album available, the Thompsons went back into the studio to record under their own name for the first time in three years. Thompson's songs have been extensively covered; for example, Dimming of the Day has been performed by artists such as The Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, David Gilmour, The Blind Boys of Alabama, June Tabor, The Corrs and Alison Krauss and Union Station. In 1997 he worked with long-time friend and band member Danny Thompson to record a concept album Industry that dealt with the decline of British industry. The programme was re-broadcast by BBC Four in September 2012.. Thompson took to the road to promote the album. For three years, in the Seventies, Sally Thomsett dated fellow actor Richard O'Sullivan, at the time the star of Man About The House and an idol to millions of women. The couple moved to a Sufi community in East Anglia. On 12 May 1969, between the recording and release of their next album Unhalfbricking, Fairport's van crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig at Mothers, a club in Birmingham. So how would Linda feel if Zara sings one of the Richard and Linda classics such as I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight or Wall of Death, as seems likely? The day after I visit, they are off to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in Big Sur. About a year later Joe Boyd signed the Thompsons to his small Hannibal label and a new album was recorded. “It was full of human foibles. As an interim measure, Richard Thompson agreed to a short (5-day), low-key solo tour of the U.S.  and Acoustic Rarities, an album of new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions. This line-up toured with Thompson the following two years. “I was so angry I was kicking and hitting Richard on stage. After the Fairports, Richard recorded a serious of glorious, mostly bleak albums with his first wife Linda Thompson, a powerful, evocative singer whose career has been marred by dysphonia, a larynx disorder that makes it increasingly difficult for her to sing. Shoot Out the Lights included new recordings of many of the songs recorded in 1980. He has also performed and recorded with Teddy Thompson, his son from his marriage to Linda Thompson. From: Morticia Date: 03 Jul 01 - 12:54 PM No, I don't want to stalk him or the house number or anything butI was listening to Mirror Blue today and in the MGBGT song ( my favourite car in the world) he mentions the Hogs Back, a local road I just happened to be tootling ( alright, speeding like a maniac) along at the time. After the split, Richard moved to California, remarried, and relaunched his career. The album was licensed to different labels in different territories: Shout! The recording and touring band consisted of Thompson, Pete Zorn, (acoustic guitar, flute, saxophone, mandolin, vocals); Michael Jerome (drums, vocals), Taras Prodaniuk, (bass guitar, vocals); and Joel Zifkin, (electric violin, mandolin, vocals). In between leaving Fairport Convention in early 1971 and releasing his debut solo album in 1972 he undertook a large amount of session work, most notably on albums by John Martyn, Al Stewart, Matthews Southern Comfort, Sandy Denny, Mike Heron and Nick Drake. Breathing problems arising from her pregnancy also meant that Linda could not sing the lead part on some of these songs as she had done on demo tapes and the Rafferty-produced recordings. Children are seen by society as innocent and pure, without malice. Boyd recalls that the sessions were not a success: "It was really, I felt, very poor. Thompson continued releasing "official bootlegs" on his boutique label as an additional source of revenue â all live recordings.  His 1991 song "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" was included in Time magazine's "All Time 100 Songs" list of the best English-language musical compositions released between 1923 and 2011. The next year, he formed a duo with his then-wife Linda Thompson, which produced six albums, including the critically acclaimed I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974) and Shoot Out the Lights (1982). During the same period he also worked on two collaborative projects. “And someone is going to do a bit of Sandy.”, So how did he feel about that era now? Since leaving Fairport Convention he has continued to use electric guitars with single coil pick-ups, most famously a late-1950s Stratocaster but also two custom built electrics by Danny Ferrington as well as other Stratocasters, various Telecaster-type guitars and, in the studio, a Danelectro U2. Richard Thompson solo cover of the Sandy Denny classic with intro We have created a browser extension. So my audience in the States was 10 years younger than me, and it still is.  Thompson put together a new look backing band for the tour to promote this album, and some shows were filmed for a live video release (see Richard Thompson discography). And Richard has changed has a lot. Rumor and Sigh was nominated for a Grammy and sold well. He also makes use of different guitar tunings, such as (low to high) CGDGBE, DADGBE, DADGAD, and more.  Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music. Linda Thompson was pregnant at the time of the recording, so the album's release was delayed until they could tour behind the album. It was Pour Down Like Silver, with its cover photo of a turbaned Richard Thompson, that tipped the public off to the Thompsons' growing preoccupation with their faith. But then we visited a sheikh in Morocco and saw the other side of it. Also in 2013, Thompson appeared on his ex-wife Linda's fourth studio album Won't Be Long Now, on the track "Love's for Babies and Fools" Their joint acoustic concert at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights, New York on 24 March, produced the album An Acoustic Evening, which was released the same year.. I guess because I was so heartbroken it freed me up. As Fairport's lineup and their sound evolved, Thompson continued to grow in stature as a player and as a songwriter with compositions like "Meet on the Ledge". Music critic Neil McCormick described Thompson as "a versatile virtuoso guitarist and a sharp observational singer-songwriter whose work burns with intelligence and dark emotion". 1949) is one of the three I bow down to the most. Richard Thompson may be a virtuoso guitarist, but he insists that it’s the songs that are most important to him. But sometimes the unthinkable happens – children kill. Thompson contributed music to BBC Northwest's documentary Hard Cash and appears on the eponymous accompanying album issued by Topic. Like so many musicians of his generation, Thompson was exposed to and embraced rock and roll music at an early age, and he was also exposed to his father's jazz and traditional Scottish music record collection. Neither did its follow up, 1979's harder-edged and more cynical Sunnyvista. But I’ll do something. Prior to using a Stratocaster with Fairport Convention he used a Gibson Les Paul with P-90 pick-ups. Of the generation of British guitarists born between 1940 and 1950, Thompson (b. It was a bad time but – Jesus Christ – it was 40 years ago. Thompson did not rejoin Fairport, but he did contribute a song to the project and played guitar on another track on the album. This comprised recordings made during Thompson's solo shows in the US in late 1981 and early 1982. Those transmissions comprise his nineteenth solo album, 13 Rivers. For several years Thompson devised and toured his show 1000 Years of Popular Music. Thompson has made intermittent use of Roland's GK-1 pick-up and GL-2 synthesiser over the years. Richard Thompson continued recording as a solo artist. He continues to write and record new material regularly and frequently performs live at venues throughout the world. “As a musician I’ve travelled all over the U.S., so nothing is alien to me … Thompson asked Joe Boyd to produce these sessions, and two days were spent on the initial recordings. ichard Thompson is drinking mint tea in a Hampstead coffee shop – he doesn’t touch coffee or alcohol – and between Islam and cricket, he’s discussing the remarkable guest list for his upcoming. I trashed a dressing room, stole a car and got arrested. After the dissolution of the duo, Thompson revived his solo career with the release of Hand of Kindness in 1983. His father, a Scot, was a Scotland Yard detective, and an amateur guitar player; several other family members had played music professionally. Thompson is a cricket enthusiast – he cheerfully recalls his appearance on Test Match Special five years ago, singing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning – and he insists he “never wanted to be culturally absorbed by America. The album was well received by critics, though sales were less than stellar. Their son, a guitarist, is 18. The Thompsons, now a couple for professional purposes only, toured the United States in support of the album, their only American tour together. Picking up a guitar, emotions echoed through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic songwriting, impassioned picking. He can imitate almost any style, and often does, but is instantly identifiable. Like everything, good comes out of bad.”, So has she forgiven him? The first Richard and Linda Thompson album, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, was recorded in May 1973 in short time and on a small budget. He felt a desire, perhaps a need, to put to paper his feelings and experiences living in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the Depression. I just wanted a little more bite. 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Another guest will be Hugh Cornwell, of Stranglers fame, who played with Richard in his first band, Emil & the Detectives, when they were both 14 and pupils at William Ellis school near Hampstead Heath. It was not apparent from their records at first, but the Thompsons had embraced an esoteric Sufi strand of Islam in early 1974. He made his début as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. Thompson curated the 2010 Meltdown Festival. Perhaps not surprisingly, Playboy did not use his list, but the exercise gave him the idea for a show which takes a chronological trip through popular music across the ages. There are a number of retrospective collections of Thompson's work, many containing material which is unavailable elsewhere. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. I can contribute more having a culturally British point of view.” Even in the midwest, he can still knock them for six.  Later in 1969, Fairport re-grouped with a new drummer, Dave Mattacks, and also invited the well known fiddle player, Dave Swarbrick, to join. Thomson (without the 'p') is the most frequent spelling in Scotland; Thompson is found more in the North of England and Thomas in Wales.  Upon returning home, Richard and Linda went their separate ways. I Did It Again".. Forget it!” But she is “kind of dreading the Albert Hall” because “as a performer you’d love to get up and wow the crowd, but I never know what will come out of my mouth. It pointed me to Hunter S. Thompson's book called Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s (New York: Summit Books, 1988). “I don’t like being the centre of attention, strange as it sounds,” he insists. After their wedding, Thompson moved his home and working base to California. But he insists that the album is not autobiographical. Linda Thompson's new memoir details her marriage to David Foster, who was later married to Yolanda Hadid. For more than 50 years, his songwriting output has been remarkable, from the gently bleak and lyrical ballads that are performed regularly in folk clubs (where some listeners probably think they are traditional) through to equally bleak, upbeat favourites like Tear-Stained Letter or the pounding, edgy and emotional stories of foreboding on his latest electric album, 13 Rivers. They will be joined by Dave Mattacks, the drummer who joined Fairport a little later, alongside the late Sandy Denny, to record Liege and Lief, the classic album released 50 years ago that kickstarted British folk-rock. For live work his acoustic guitars are fitted with a Sunrise pick-up and an internal condenser microphone. Richard Thompson OBE (born 3 April 1949) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist.. British recording artist; singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Richard Thompson Electric Trio (with Michael Jerome and Taras Prodaniuk) at. Richard and Linda Thompson in 1975. Without having a hit record, more people come to shows now than they ever did.” As for the move to the east coast, “I was ready for a change. Sign in to get statistics for your attended concerts! Richard Thompson at 70: on love, loss and being a Muslim in Trump's US. Subject: Where does Richard Thompson live? Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music.  The album reached number 10 in the UK Album chart, his first album to reach the UK top 10. [D G# A C# A#m G Am Bm C Cm] Chords for Who Knows Where the Time Goes - Richard Thompson Live with capo transposer, play along with guitar, piano, ukulele & mandolin.  With time Henry has come to be more highly regarded, but at the time the critics' response hurt both Thompson and his career.. You could also do it yourself at any point in time. Polygram declined an option to renew the contract. , In July 2019 New West Records released a soundtrack album for the documentary The Cold Blue, featuring the film's original score composed by Thompson. In 2003 the BBC produced a documentary about Thompson's long musical career, entitled Solitary Life, directed by Paul Bernays and narrated by John Peel. In October 1972 the couple were married, and Thompson, with Linda now effectively his front woman, regrouped for his next album and the next phase of his career. , On 10 June 2010 Thompson was awarded the Mojo Les Paul Award for "Guitar Legend".. The 3-CD set Watching the Dark combines his better-known songs and previously unreleased live and studio tracks. Rafferty offered to finance the recording of a new Richard and Linda Thompson album which he would then use to secure a contract for the Thompsons. The Two John-Boys - Earl Hamner and Richard Thomas. (Hide) setlist.fm Add Setlist. His deal with Capitol was modified so that he could release and directly market limited-quantity, live recorded, not-for-retail albums.  Covey, who had been in the UK in 1981 trying to sign Thompson to play at McCabe's, arranged for Thompson well-received 5 and 6 December shows. By early 1969, when Fairport's second album What We Did on Our Holidays was recorded and released, Thompson was starting to emerge as a songwriter of distinction. “It’s a song I find very confusing, actually.”, Richard insists that the Albert Hall show won’t be a retrospective, but it will certainly be nostalgic. Thompson appears on Willie Nile's 1991 Places I Have Never Been album. Then there will Simon Nicol and Ashley Hutchings, who along with Richard were the core trio in different teenage bands who evolved into the first Fairport Convention. “Trump has ramped up bigotry considerably. Since the early 1990s Thompson has made prominent use of Lowden acoustic guitars for studio and live work; Lowden have made a signature model for him. Since the early 1980s Thompson has appeared at Fairport Convention's annual Cropredy Festival, both in his own right and as a participant in sets with current and previous Fairport members. And it was written, he says, “in a difficult personal time”. Three of his albums â Rumor and Sigh (1991), You? Browse JR Cigars for exclusive daily deals and the best prices. The travels and explorations of this intrepid explorer are recounted. The film, directed by Erik Nelson, tells the story of the Eighth Air Force which flew multiple deadly missions during World War II and features newly restored 4K footage and outtakes, shot by director William Wyler, during the summer of 1943 for his 1944 documentary Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress.. Richard Thompson at Louis Patisserie, Hampstead, London. For this reason, the Thompsons' fans often refer to the Shoot Out the Lights tour as "The Tour from Hell". Early History of the Thompson family. Richard Thompson Home; 13 Rivers; Bio; News; Video; Tour Dates; Discography; Photos; Shop; Archive; Contact; Email Sign Up  It was the first time the two had recorded together since Shoot Out the Lights. I write a song and think, ‘Where does this come from?’ Me? Richard Thompson is not due to play near your location currently - but they are scheduled to play 19 concerts across 6 … Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson Award for best acoustic guitar player in 1997. The children of Richard Roberts and Patti Thompson live on their own. That's it.  On 5 July 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen..  Nevertheless, Rafferty kept his side of the bargain and presented the album to several record companies â none of which expressed interest in signing the Thompsons. There was lots of praying and guilt, and women were so subservient.” Richard, who was attracted to Sufism by “the nobility of being … it seemed like the way human being should be,” agreed that it wasn’t ideal. It’s going to be good.”, After the split, Richard moved to California, remarried, and relaunched his career. “Commune implies sharing out the carrots!”, Linda hated it. It was during his marriage to Linda that Richard discovered Islam. , And there was this group of very nice Muswell Hill grammar school boys and a girl playing American music. It was during this tour that Thompson and Covey developed an intimate relationship, and during that month, Richard and Linda Thompson separated. Poetry overlaps a lot with songwriting, as does storytelling in any form, and I’d probably throw in cinema as an influence as well for that reason. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. Action Packed is a compilation of tracks from his Capitol releases, plus three hard-to-find songs. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? It was a tumultuous relationship that painted Foster as cruel and unkind. I wrote this? , Thompson appears alongside family members, both blood related and by marriage, on the album Family (2014) by Thompson (the band being named for all the Thompsons that appear), performing two songs solo and contributing to others as well. Set lists included covers of classic rock 'n roll songs and jazz standards such as "Tuxedo Junction". As A young man growing up in Schuyler Virginia, Earl Hamner dreamed of becoming a writer. In the 1980s, he was associated with a loose-fitting group called The Golden Palominos, who were led by drummer Anton Fier and included at times on stage and on record Jack Bruce, Michael Stipe, Carla Bley, John Lydon, Bill Laswell and others. Shortly thereafter Thompson, already acquiring a reputation as an outstanding guitar player, started writing songs seriously. In 1986 he released Daring Adventures, which was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Mitchell Froom. “It wouldn’t seem odd,” Linda tells me. In early 2013 Thompson released Electric, recorded in Nashville with Buddy Miller producing. On the cover of their 1975 album Pour Down Like Silver, he and Linda are dressed in turban and headscarf, and for the next three years the couple disappeared from the music scene to spend much of their time in Islamic communities in London and then Norfolk. In 2004 Thompson was asked to create the soundtrack music for the Werner Herzog documentary Grizzly Man. “If it were Richard and Emmylou Harris I might be a bit miffed, because she is a genius! At least ex-wife Linda has forgiven him, Last modified on Wed 2 Oct 2019 11.37 BST, Richard Thompson is drinking mint tea in a Hampstead coffee shop – he doesn’t touch coffee or alcohol – and between Islam and cricket, he’s discussing the remarkable guest list for his upcoming 70th birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall in London. As regards effects, he has made significant use of modulation and vibrato type effects pedals, most notably the Univibe and emulations thereof. His 1983 album Hand of Kindness saw him working with Boyd again, but with a revised backing band and a more extroverted and up-tempo song selection. It’s incredibly destructive, divisive, and harmful. Me? “I have. The move away from big labels and big budgets paradoxically brought a bigger marketing push and healthier sales. The score, which was recorded over a two-day period in December 2004, brought Thompson together with a group of improvisational musicians, mostly from the San Francisco Bay area; video footage from the sessions was edited into a mini-documentary, In the Edges, which was included with the DVD release of Grizzly Man. I remember being angry and saying to Ashley this isn't good enough, we've got to get some original material... and stuff started to trickle through.. Handsome, friendly, talented—Richard seemed to live a charmed life. 1985's Across a Crowded Room was his last album to be recorded in England and the last to have Boyd as producer.  In September 2015 he appeared on BBC Two's Later... with Jools Holland, where he performed "All Buttoned Up" and ""She Never Could Resist a Winding Road" from his album Still. She’ll also be there, along with their musical children, singer-songwriter and producer Teddy Thompson and Kami Thompson, who works with her husband, the Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne, in the Rails. , Thompson started to re-engage with the world of professional music in 1977. The first of these was Live at Crawley, released in 1995. “Yes, it’s that way round. The atmosphere was very strange and it just didn't seem to work.". If I play guitar, I’m not interested in playing instrumentals. Thus, Thompson's next album Mirror Blue was held back for almost a year before being released. Thompson has continued to guest on albums by an array of artists, from Crowded House, Bonnie Raitt and Vivian Stanshall, to Norma Waterson and BeauSoleil and folk artists like Loudon Wainwright III, Cathal McConnell (of The Boys of the Lough) and Bob Davenport. RICHARD THOMPSON: I’d say pretty important. The resulting Cabaret of Souls, a musical play set in the underworld, has been performed in State College (Pennsylvania), London, and Los Angeles with a cast that includes Harry Shearer, Judith Owen, Debra Dobkin, Pete Zorn, either Danny Thompson or David Piltch, and a 12-piece string section conducted by Peter Askim. Hunter S. Thompson on when and how Richard Nixon will leave the White House. And that really amazed me, the breadth of his sophistication... and so, you know, at the end of the gig I was in the dressing room saying 'would you guys like to make a record?'. , On 30 September 2019 Thompson played at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his 70th birthday.. With his separation from Linda finalized, Richard Thompson began to commute between twin bases in London and Los Angeles and to tour regularly in the USA.  He remains a committed Muslim. “I was living on booze and antidepressants,” Linda says. When I started playing Fenders in 1968, it was unfashionable because everyone in England was playing Gibsons and trying to get a big, fat sound like Eric Clapton had in Cream. Both the album and their live shows were well received by the American media, and Shoot Out the Lights effectively relaunched their career â just as their marriage was falling apart. Last year, after the ending of his second marriage, to Nancy Covey, he quit California to move to New Jersey, home of his new partner, singer-songwriter and author Zara Phillips. He made use of these devices on 1979's Sunnyvista album and has occasionally used them in concert. He continues to write and record new material regularly and frequently performs live at venues throughout the world. A more likely explanation was given by ex-Island A&R man Richard Williams in the 2003 BBC TV documentary Solitary Life: Thompson was just not interested in fame and its trappings.. I love Richard Thompson. This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thompson research. and 1000 Years of Popular Music. The outlook expressed in his songs, his musical style, the subjects addressed by his lyrics have not shown any fundamental change. Sales improved, but not substantially. Congratulations on this excellent ventureâ¦ what a great idea! Well, regulars around here will know I had set myself the challenge of writing 30 posts in 30 days to come out in solidarity with my college chums who are taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  His father had seen Django Reinhardt play in Glasgow in the 1930s and played guitar himself. , In 1992 he performed with David Byrne. I toured America relentlessly, and I still do, and it’s still growing, which is amazing. In August of the same year Island released a live Richard and Linda Thompson album, compiled from recordings made during the November 1975 tour to promote the Pour Down Like Silver album.  Richard Thompson fell out with Rafferty during this project and was not happy with the finished product.