Review: Richard Thompson at Colston Hall by Lee Callaway 9/10
RICHARD Thompson has been performing music for well over 40 years.
Beginning as a teenager in the influential, enormously successful folk band Fairport Convention, then in a fractious but critically successful duet with his then wife Linda Thompson, and then on to his solo career.
Despite his beginnings in traditional folk music, his solo work has seen him move away from the trappings of that genre – there were no violins, flutes, or banjos on show – and instead present a simple trio of lead guitar, bass and drums.
The set-up seems to fit his straightforward, no-nonsense vocals and allow the skill of his song-writing to surface.
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Whether he performs on an acoustic or electric guitar he displays a quality of craft that only arises through decades of experience and an innate musical ability.
Ironically, this was perhaps most evident in a song that Thompson didn't write, a cover of Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe, that did justice to the original and brought the crowd to its feet.