[Beesweb] Richard Thompson News - August 2012, Part I
8/3/2012 (updated 8/29/2012)

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August 2012

New Dates!

Richard is adding more solo/acoustic shows in the USA! Here is a list of the dates, cities and venues.
Please check the website for exact on-sale and ticketing information to be posted soon:

Sept. 10 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
Sept. 16 - Bowling Green, KY - The Warehouse at Mt. Victor
Sept. 18 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley
Sept. 19 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
Sept. 20 - Evanston, IL - The Space
Sept. 22 - Shhhhh! We can’t say yet but it is good. Check in for news on the website for more on this show soon!


The Saturday, Dec. 8th show at Montalvo is already sold out and only a few tickets remain for Friday, Dec 7. Since these are RT's rare All Request shows, every night will be totally different!

Click here to view all other upcoming shows and, as always, check with the venue before travel long distances as some details may change:


Frets and Refrains - Richard Thompson's Acoustic Guitar and Songwriting Camp

We are happy to report that the very first Frets and Refrains Guitar & Songwriting camp was a huge success! The Camp sold out in advance and 100 plus guitar and songwriting fans enjoyed a jam packed week of inspiring classes with Richard and the other all-star teachers - Martin Simpson, Happy Traum, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Simon Tassano and Bobby Eichorn - as well as hot young picker (and RT's grandson) Zak Hobbs who helped translate his grandad's guitar techniques.

Warm nights were spent jamming with fellow campers, joining Song Circles and getting a chance to perform at the Open Mic hosted by bassist Jack Thompson (who also served as the newly formed house band "Bee Sting" (aka Beast Sting) along with Bobby Eichorn and Zak Hobbs). An added bonus for Open Mic performers was professional sound mixing by RT's own premier sound engineer, Simon Tassano! Everyone said an Open Mic never sounded so good!

On the final night campers attended a sold out show at Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre where Richard was joined on stage by the Frets and Refrains staff (including two sons and a grandson) plus surprise guest appearance from Woodstock resident John Sebastian. Quite a night!

Here’s what Richard had to say:

“We are all still feeling a very warm glow from the Frets and Refrains Guitar & Songwriting Camp last week. What a great bunch of students and teachers! Such was the response and enthusiasm that we made the very swift decision to repeat the Camp next year, at a slightly earlier date - details coming soon!” RT

A lot of Frets and Refrains 2012 campers have already put down a deposit for next year! Camp space will be limited and we will add new teachers! We will announce the 2013 dates next month.

Brian M McConnell: "Wow!!!!!!! What a fantastic time. The bees were singing! AND we are doing it again next year!!! How perfect... All of the coaches were amazing, and I especially enjoyed Mr. Simpson, what an excellent choice by RT. And Simon is A mazing..."

Robert Kissane: "Just loved the experience. Richard's morning lectures, Martin's explanation of tunings, Sloan's infectious joy, Teddy's take on songwriting, Bobby's tech expertise, Simon's sonic world, Nancy's organizing skills, the Zak and Jack attack, and the setting were all unforgettable. Thanks so much!"