Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Festive Folkies; Father Figure: Guitar Hero Richard Thompson Appeared with His Ex-Wife and Children

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Festive Folkies; Father Figure: Guitar Hero Richard Thompson Appeared with His Ex-Wife and Children

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE

POP Thompson Family Christmas Show Queen Elizabeth Hall.

"IT'S A Thompson family affair, but I do all the work," was Teddy Thompson's Scrooge-like introduction to this folk-filled festive occasion.

He did a pretty good job, though.

The line-up was about as starry as you get for practitioners of intense, acoustic music and traditional songs, including his parents Richard and Linda Thompson.

Their early Eighties split didn't seem to get in the way of the evening's goodwill, and the former folk couple were clearly proud of their son. He made a breakthrough this year with the album A Piece of What You Need, and his younger sister Kami proved herself an emerging talent on a superior cover of Wham's Last Christmas.

There was a Christmas tree on stage and the theme was generally maintained but not always. Bert Jansch simply relied on superlative musicianship, while Rachel Unthank and the Winterset just had a vaguely seasonable name. …

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