Richard Thompson

Genres: Documentaries Folk Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Descriptive "tags": folk singer-songwriter folk rock guitar folk-rock rock british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

3 April 1949, Notting Hill, London, England. The talented Thompson forged his reputation as guitarist, vocalist, and composer with Fairport Convention which, although initially dubbed ‘England’s Jefferson Airplane’, later evolved into a seminal folk rock act through such acclaimed releases as What We Did On Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking, Liege And Leif and Full House. Thompson’s sensitive compositions graced all of the above but none have been applauded more than ‘Meet On The Ledge’ (from What We Did On Our Holidays). This simple lilting song oozes with restraint, class and emotion and is one of the most evocative songs to come out of the late 60s ‘underground’ music scene. Thompson’s innovative guitar style brought a distinctive edge to their work as he harnessed diverse influences such as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Otis Rush, James Burton and Mike Bloomfield.

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