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Richard Thompson announces "Acoustic classics" album and tour dates | FESTIVALPHOTO

Richard Thompson announces "Acoustic classics" album and tour dates


Newly recorded acoustic versions of his landmark songs
Beeswing / Proper, released July 14, 2014
UK tour dates and festivals in July & August 2014

Acoustic Classics is a collection of newly recorded, timeless Richard Thompson songs, featuring 14 tracks culled from his 40 plus years in music. The new album contains reimagined and refined versions of some of his best work as a songwriter including “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, “Dimming of the Day,” “1952 Vincent Black Lighting” and “Beeswing.”

“I really wanted to have something that would reflect the acoustic shows,” Richard explains, “But we didn’t have anything like that. Just some old, slightly scratchy recordings of solo sets that I wasn’t really happy with.” His last proper solo acoustic release was the live Small Town Romance, and that was more than 30 years ago! In the meantime, the acoustic shows have evolved as a full parallel to his band tours.

Richard Thompson will be touring the UK solo this summer and – like the new record – will display his incomparable guitar playing and his great songs.

Thompson was named by Rolling Stone Magazine’s as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all time and considered one of the UK’s most outstanding songwriters and musicians. The recipient of a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo’s Les Paul Award and curator of the prestigious Meltdown Festival at the Southbank in 2010, Thompson was most recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting by the Americana Music Association.

Sun 20 July
Hatfield, Folk by the Oak

Tue 22 July
Crawley, Hawth

Wed 23 July
Bath, Forum

Thu 24 July
Warwick, Warwick Folk Festival

Fri 25 July
Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Womad Festival, Charlton Park

Sun 27 July
Barnsley, Underneath the Stars Festival

Wed 30 July
Cheshire nr. Macclesfield, Gawsworth Hall

Fri 01 Aug
Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Festival SOLD OUT

Fri 22 Aug
Oxfordshire, Towersey Festival

Sun 24 Aug
Buxton, Buxton Opera House

Mon 25 Aug
Edinburgh, Queens Hall

Tue 26 Aug
Aberdeen, Aberdeen Music Hall

Thu 28 Aug
York, Grand Opera House

Sat 30 Aug
Moseley, Moseley Folk Festival

Sun 31 Aug
Salisbury, North Dorset, End of the Road Festival

Writer: Anthony May
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