Richard Thompson

Born 3 April 1949.

UK folk rock singer/songwriter

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Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Richard Thompson performs 1952 Vincent Black Lightning from his 1991 Rumor and Sigh album.

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Richard John Thompson OBE (born 3 April 1949) is a British songwriter, guitarist and recording and performing musician.

Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Artists who have recorded Thompson's compositions include such diverse talents as Del McCoury, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, David Gilmour, Mary Black, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Joel Fafard, Maria McKee, Shawn Colvin, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Nanci Griffith, Graham Parker, The Pointer Sisters, Maura O'Connell, Los Lobos, John Doe, Greg Brown, Bob Mould, Barbara Manning, Loudon Wainwright III, The Futureheads, Jeff Lang, Dinosaur Jr., David Byrne, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Richard Thompson made his d├ębut as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. He continues to write and record new material regularly and frequently performs live throughout the world.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Electric

    Electric 2013

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    British folk ambassador returns with a fully charged electric set.
  2. Review of Dream Attic

    Dream Attic 2010

    Reviewed by James Skinner
    Deft flourishes and considered wordplay that Thompson fans will be familiar with.
  3. Review of Walking on a Wire

    Walking on a Wire 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    A national treasure, for sure.
  4. Review of Sweet Warrior

    Sweet Warrior 2007

    Reviewed by Gemma Padley
    ...Richard Thompson shows little sign of hanging up his guitar just yet.
  5. Review of RT - The Life And Music Of...

    RT - The Life And Music Of... 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    Five discs of rarities and live recordings from nearly four decades worth of Thompson...
  6. Review of The Old Kit Bag

    The Old Kit Bag 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    He may be working on the West Coast these days and his muse may still reside in Middle...
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