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Serious and Usher Hall present

Richard Thompson

+ Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

7:30pm, Tuesday 17 October 2017

Richard Thompson is one of this country's greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, prompting Rolling Stone to hail him as “a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.” His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant.

Over the summer, he'll be releasing a second Acoustic Classics album on Proper, coupled with Acoustic Rarities - and he'll draw his set from all these albums and much more besides.  He has chosen the Award-winning duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, recently signed to Rough Trade records, as his special guests on the tour.

 

 

 

 

Running order

Door time: 6:30pm

Prices

Tickets: £38.50, £33.00, £27.50 (includes 10% booking fee)

£1.50 transaction fee applies on all online and telephone bookings

Restrictions

Security Measures: Enhanced front of house staff with additional trained security staff will be on duty • No bags or rucksacks will be permitted in to the venue beyond a small handbag • There will be no cloakroom provision for bags and we reserve the right to carry out searches of handbags.

Reviews

"Richard Thompson put on a show of mercurial mood swings and consistent brilliance – it was a show of pure magic from start to finish.’ (★★★★★ The Times)

"Richard Thompson is an extraordinary guitar player, probably the best this country has produced, an utterly sui generis talent whose style is rooted not in standard blues clichés but in the wealth of influences coursing through the British Isles.’ (★★★★ The Independent)

 

Review of Richard's latest album: Acoustic Classics II 

When Richard Thompson sings, seas part and rocks crumble. His is an authoritative, confident voice, but also a breathlessly young one, unchanged over the years, as this second collection of acoustic versions of his back catalogue proves. There’s also his pearl-bright guitar-playing, still exquisitely, boldly, ragingly alive. Take his new version of Genesis Hall, the opening track he wrote for Fairport Convention’s Unhalfbricking: his story of the ideological struggles of the late 1960s, inspired by his policeman father and the squat-dwellers he lived alongside, sounds just as vital nearly 50 years on. Elsewhere, we dash through Thompson’s career beautifully, hunting out tracks forgotten by many in folk music’s quieter days: 1983’s Devonside, 1988’s Pharoah and 2003’s Gethsemane shine particularly bright. A project funded by Pledge Music-style crowdfunding, this is not a primer for his career by any means, but a welcome light on dusty corners, opening up a notable life.(★★★★ The Guardian)