Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Six-String King Richard Provides Real Masterclass; REVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Six-String King Richard Provides Real Masterclass; REVIEW

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Byline: Richard Thompson

Richard top of his game, Richard Thompson and his stellar trio played to an animated near-capacity crowd for marginally less than two The London-born musician has the natural ageing process like else but the mind, and quite his fingers, appeared to be untouched the years.

Sure the shoulder-length dark curls Fairport days left the scene some to be replaced by his now trademark beret and all-black dress-code. There are no false starts or forgotten here, just a consummate pro at opening set from The Rails - his Kami, and her husband James on acoustic guitars - which showed familial traces in their folk-leaning set a mellow tone for what was to The duo's recent album, Fair and the forthcoming EP, Australia, during their 35-minute set. Still, the acoustic side of Richard continued into the first song of set, in tandem with The Rails. However, was a neat little feint to lull the because for the 40 minutes thereafter electric, fire-breathing version held With his trio in "no prisoners" - drummer Michael Jerome in white and tie pummelling the kit thompson scorched through recent songs All Buttoned Up, Broken Doll (from his new album Still) and Sally B (from his Electric album) with tortured, angular solos of mesmerising intensity.

He slid back into 70s Richard & Linda period with For Shame Of Doing Wrong but there was no relenting until he had wrung every last gram of passion from the sixstring solos.

His guitar-tech frequently appeared between songs with a change of instrument, presumably because the old one needed to be cooled!

Acoustic-Thompson fans - and there do seem to be two distinct camps - were no doubt cheered when he strapped on the acoustic for a change of pace and tone with a four-song interlude.

His old Fairport days stalwart Meet On The Ledge (from 1968) brought murmurs of approval but there was a palpable surge when his played the intro to 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, undoubtedly one of his most requested (and covered) songs. …

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