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GIG REVIEW: LIVERPOOL DAILY POST - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
3/11/2013

MUSIC REVIEW: Richard Thompson

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.

Jamie Bowman, Liverpool Daily Post

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