GIG REVIEW: music OMH - RT@ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK
2/26/2013 (updated 2/26/2013)

Richard Thompson @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK

Thompson’s rampaging guitar runs manage to never sound overtly indulgent yet glisten and glide...

The inevitable parade of encores, punctuated by further ‘nepotism’, is highlighted by an exhilarating take on Hey Joe, the brio of the latter ensuring that the evening was all about the hi-octane Thompson rather than the introspective, deft fingerpicking songwriter of yore. For a man whose original song compositions numbers somewhere in the four hundreds, there was little to differentiate the more recent additions to the canon from the delves into the back catalogue. There’s a seamless elegance to the man’s guitar style - it really could be no one else on that stage, beret cocked to one side, Stratocaster tilting to the folk-funk rhythms. Richard Thompson provided an effortless masterclass in songwriting and guitar technique but above all, graceful, humble acknowledgment of his own outrageous talent.

Colm McAuliffe , music OMH