RT Discussion List Q&A III
9. What mountain must be moved to get you together in the studio (or a live
recording) with Ian Abdulatif Whiteman and Danny Thompson
for a set of mostly instrumental pieces reflecting your shared faith
commitments and musical experiences of playing together in the past?
RT: The mountains to be moved are the Pyrenees, the Chilterns, and the
Sierras. Then it becomes fairly easy. We talk about this sort of project
from time to time, and thank you for reminding me that we should really get
something like this up and running.
Richard, being unable to play the guitar or cricket I have to ask the
uninteresting questions, sorry about that. I'm also not very "now", so please do go back in time with me.
10. 1985, a Trivia Contest in Flypaper went: "What was the first RT song to
be covered by anyone outside the Fairport family"? The answer, said to be supplied by yourself, is: "Meet on the Ledge", as recorded on a single by the Orange Bicycle. In 1985 it was impossible to find out anything more, but nowadays the Orange Bicyle is easy to find, as is their discography.
Not any mention of this particular single, though. Can you enlighten?
RT: Probably not. I'm sure that was the band, and the single. There were
other covers of 'Ledge' at the time, I forget who by. I might have remembered in 1985.
11. Ian Whiteman writes about the Habibiyya on his website: "Other concert
appearances after this period were few. One was with the Habibiyya in
Amsterdam with Richard Thompson on dulcimer and Evans on Mandola, AJ
Pickstock and myself on Bina organ"
Do you remember anything about this, e.g year or venue? Other gigs with
them? Did you ever play with Susan Archuletta?
RT: The venue was the Melkweg. I think it was an early evening show,
something else was on afterwards. I played mandolin. The audience numbered
about 60. I'd put the year at about 1974 or 5.
I played informally with Susan Archuletta, mostly, I think, at weddings.
12. Some of those mentioned above were part of your band later on that
underrated tour of 1977. Do you really think this is as bad as others say?
The little evidence on the Doom & Gloom cassettes I find promising.
RT: I think it was half-baked. We were trying to incorporate influences from
Andalusian music into western style, and a couple more years practice would
13. You do a fair amount of session work and the odd appearance as a sideman
(Cropredy, that Dylan Guitar fest). Would you ever consider being a hired
gun for a tour? I'm thinking of something in the nature of Clapton playing
in George Harrison's tour band or in Roger Waters' tour band. If so, what
artist(-s) would make such a proposition appealing (assuming the timing and
financial aspects weren't a problem)?
RT: To name names might be to invite offers and to arouse speculation, so
I'll just say that there are some artists I would tour with for free, and
others I would consider touring with for about a seven figure sum. I would
look on it as a pension fund.