In a set laced with great songs old and new it was difficult to pick individual highlight but Thompson's mind bendingly brilliant guitar work on 'Hard On Me' was a sight to behold and had even the likes of Leeds' own guitar maestro Jon Gomm open mouthed in amazement. Of course there were two other musicians on stage - drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk - who provided admirable backing throughout but really shone on the lorry driver murder epic 'Sidney Wells' and the Springsteen-esque 'Wall of Death'. It is, however, Thompson that everyone has come to see and he doesn’t disappoint, adding to the value with sharp doses of witty, between-song banter.
After the main set is brought to a close, Thompson returns for the obligatory encores that include a classic power trio version of 'Hey Joe', that even Jimi himself would have been proud of, and a joyous ‘Tear Stained Letter’ that brings proceedings to a rapturously received close.
After two hours of pure entertainment it has become clear that the Richard Thompson is not just for die-hard blues fans or bearded cardigan-wearers; there’s something in his range of styles and musicianship that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.