It took a long time for Australians to see the whole Richard Thompson. It was worth the wait, and worth all of the three standing ovations.
Review Daily Telegraph: Richard Thompson with his Electric Trio shows he is the ultimate guitar hero
It’s reassuring for a shameless Thompson fan like me that no matter how long it’s been between gigs, the rock folk hero always stays true to what matters — the music and its message.
There is always an edge to Richard Thompson’s work: only the keenness varies. Whether that edge is bittersweet, sarcastic, witty or devastating, it juts from his songs like his perennial black beret does from his head.
It was billed as the Richard Thompson Electric Trio but this concert began with the former Fairport Convention folk-rocker playing solo on acoustic guitar — albeit the loudest “acoustic” set you’re ever likely to hear.
In a gesture to fans that too much Richard Thompson is never enough, the singer-songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire assumed the role of opening act on Wednesday night to his own concert later with band members drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk.
‘Economics be damned’: legendary guitarist Richard Thompson on his first Australian tour
One of the UK’s most outstanding songwriters, and an astonishing guitar player whose versatility allows him to adapt his style as each song requires. On this tour Richard will be presenting his electric trio onstage with Michael Jerome (Drums) Taras Prodaniuk (Bass/Vocals).