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5/28/2010 (updated 6/3/2010)

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Subject: [Beesweb] May/June 2010 Newsletter - Richard Thompson
Date: May 28, 2010 10:19:49 AM GMT-07:00
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HOT NEWS FROM THE HIVE!!

RICHARD THOMPSON APPOINTED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SOUTHBANK CENTRE'S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL IN 2010
11-20 June 2010, Southbank Centre, London UK

RICHARD THOMPSON is the ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the 17th MELTDOWN festival in 2010, taking place in the concert halls and spaces of London's most celebrated riverside arts centre, including Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

UK PREMIERE OF RICHARD THOMPSON'S CABARET OF SOULS - JUNE 11th

To celebrate the launch of Meltdown the Southbank Centre presents the thrilling European premier of Cabaret of Souls, arguably Richard Thompson's finest work to date. With new songs and an original score written by Richard Thompson himself, this witty musical satire on human foibles takes place in the Underworld and features riveting performances by Thompson himself as well as premier bassist Danny Thompson, Harry Shearer (the Simpsons, Spinal Tap), Judith Owen, Debra Dobkin, Pete Zorn and a 10 piece string ensemble conducted by Peter Askim.

This night is the don't miss music event of Meltdown!

SIX STRINGS / GUITAR NIGHT - JUNE 14th

If you love the guitar, don't miss this extraordinary gathering of legends and masters!
JAMES BURTON, pioneering country rock virtuoso, who invented a whole style of playing in his work with Rick Nelson and Elvis Presley.
NOKIE EDWARDS of the Ventures, groundbreaking picker still at the absolute peak of his powers.
DENNIS COFFEY, one of the legendary Motown players, featured on such hits as Cloud Nine, one of the funkiest of the Funk Brothers.
MARTIN SIMPSON, one of the world's great acoustic guitar virtuosos, with his own unique blend of traditional styles. Twice recipient of BBC 2 Folk Award for Artist Of The Year.
JOHN ETHERIDGE, jazz-rock guitar great, who has played with Soft Machine, Stephan Grapelli, John Williams.

Hosted by British guitarist/composer and Meltdown curator RICHARD THOMPSON.

Apart from the stellar musicianship, expect some great stories, technical insights, and jamming!

Opening the show! Blues legends Beverly Guitar Watkins and Albert White.
The real deal! You won't want to be late for this!

1,000 YEARS OF POPULAR MUSIC (MATINEE PERFORMANCE)

Leading the audience on a tour through the last 1,000 YEARS OF POPULAR MUSIC, RICHARD THOMPSON showcases his guitar virtuosity and trademark wit in a family-friendly matinee, stopping off everywhere from the ballads of the Middle Ages to 20th-century pop, via opera, music hall, country and rock 'n' roll. Judith Owen and Debra Dobkin join.

'LOUD & RICH'

On stage together and separately, frequent collaborators Loudon Wainwright III and Richard Thompson have had a busy year of touring as "Loud & Rich" in the US, and now they will pair up for a special performance as part of UK's only artist curated festival.

Other appearances include Broken Bells, Elvis Costello, a Special Tribute to Kate McGarrigle, and Seasick Steve. More information and full line-up are available at Beesweb - the official site of Richard Thompson, or http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/meltdown

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ADDITIONAL SUMMER FESTIVAL DATES

27JUN - Worthy Farm, Pilton UK, Glastonbury Festival
30JUN - Deurne, BE, Open Lucht Theater
02JUL - Kent, UK, Hop Farm Festival
10JUL - Mallorca, Spain, Waiting for Waits Festival
16JUL - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Summer Pops Festival
14AUG - Copper Mountain, CO, Guitar Town Festival
15AUG - Lyons, CO, The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
22AUG - Schwenksville, PA, 49th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
27AUG - Portsmouth, NH, Prescott Park Arts Festival

To view all upcoming Tour Dates, please see: http://www.richardthompson-music.com//tour.asp

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'DREAM ATTIC' TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 2010

Richard Thompson, one of the most distinguished guitarists and songwriters of our time, returns with 'Dream Attic', a magnificent collection of 13 new songs, will be released in UK on Aug 30 (Proper Records), and the US on Aug 31 (Shout! Factory). Penned during a short and inspired burst of creative outpouring, Thompson captured the awesome energy of his live show by recording the album in front of an audience. I dont think musicians playing on their own are particularly interesting, its only when they play in front of an audience that something interesting happens, Thompson said in an interview at the show. The songs were performed during a West Coast tour in February of this year, and the bulk of the performances that made the album come from three shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. A special edition of the set containing a second disc of all 13 demos will be available exclusively on http://www.richardthompsondreamattic.com.

There will be a US band tour beginning October 1, 2010 and a UK band tour beginning January 14, 2011, both featuring the same band that appears on the album:

Richard Thompson (guitars, vocals)
Michael Jerome (drums, vocals)
Taras Prodaniuk (bass, vocals)
Pete Zorn (multi-instruments, vocals)
Joel Zifkin (electric violin, mandolin, vocals)

Download a free MP3 (track entitled 'Big Sun Falling in the River') at http://www.richardthompsondreamattic.com

Track listing:
The Money Shuffle
Among the Gorse, Among the Grey
Haul Me Up
Burning Man
Here Comes Geordie
Demons in Her Dancing Shoes
Crimescene
Big Sun Falling in the River (free MP3 available)
Stumble On
Sidney Wells
A Brother Slips Away
Bad Again
If Love Whispers Your Name

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