WITH his trademark beret and red stratocaster in place, Richard Thompson cuts a revolutionary dash as he strides onto the Philharmonic stage with his trimmed- down three-piece band. It’s a good look and one which sums up the 63-year-old’s status among the immortals of British folk music.
Thompson has plugged his guitar in and is ready to make some noise. The results were surprising: Thompson spitting out riff after riff with seasoned band mates, bassist Taras Prodaniuk and drummer Michael Jerome providing a suitably energetic backing. Stuck on the Treadmill and Hard Times even go as far as inventing another Thompson-derived genre: folk-funk.
Such was the skill of Thompson’s superb guitar playing, the devoted audience were quite happy to be carried along on the wave of this new direction.