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Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'

21 Jan 09 - 03:59 AM (#2544763)
Subject: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: Will Fly

RT was interviewed on "Front Row" (BBC UK Radio) last night - subject being his current tour "1000 years of popular song". Worth a listen - nice "Renaissance" take on Britney Spears!

It's at: Front Row


21 Jan 09 - 04:18 AM (#2544775)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: Splott Man

Sounded like he had a cold.

I was enjoying the first song when I had a "visitor from Porlock" moment on the phone and missed the rest.

Splott Man


21 Jan 09 - 04:28 AM (#2544781)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: Will Fly

Yes, his voice sounded a little strained and nasal, but he weathered the interview with his usual calm.


21 Jan 09 - 04:40 AM (#2544793)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: The Borchester Echo

For those who want to skip the other extraneous guff, it's in at 18' 34".


21 Jan 09 - 04:44 AM (#2544797)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: Will Fly

Mind you, if you listen from the very beginning, you'll hear Shulah from "The Archers" in a religious heart-searching predicament.

Why, when I hadn't listened to "The Archers" for 20+ years, didn't I switch the car radio off at this point... Ye gods - the potency of cheap radio.


21 Jan 09 - 05:31 AM (#2544838)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: bubblyrat

WFD and I went to see the "1000 Years" show in High Wycombe on Monday night, and it was utterly SUPERB !!RT was on absolutely top form, and the two ladies who accompany him,one on keyboards,the other an extremely talented percussionist (and they both sang too ),were just amazing.I still have not got over just how good it was-----I sat enthralled by every single number !! And the material !!----well, to go coherently,and seemingly effortlessly,from a song rendered in Old French,from around 1200,reputedly written by Richard the Lionheart whilst in captivity,to a superb rendition of "Cry Me a River" ( or" Crimea River" as we joked afterwards)via Elizabethan madrigals ,Victorian music halls,Cole Porter and The Beatles,is truly indicative of consummate musicianship in my book. Throughout,RT showed us what a brilliant guitarist he is, using only an amplified acoustic.DO go and see the "1000 years" show if you can---You won't see anything better anywhere this year, I venture----and that's from someone who doesn't even like Richard Thompson usually !!!


21 Jan 09 - 10:44 AM (#2545075)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: Folkiedave

Good gracious Will, you are standing on extremely dodgy ground there.........


21 Jan 09 - 10:48 AM (#2545079)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: Will Fly

Yeah, I know - well, you have to live dangerously sometimes...

I saw RT's 1,000 years show at Sadlers Wells when it was last here. It was an excellent evening. He did some superb guitar work on the Gilbert & Sullivan "Mikado" song "There is Beauty...". Sounded like the whole orchestra!


22 Jan 09 - 05:59 AM (#2545860)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson in 'Front Row'
From: Noreen

RT Tour dates