Richard Thompson, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”
Thompson’s in town tonight at the Orange Peel performing his original “1000 Years of Popular Music” show, in which he performs music from a period literally spanning hundreds of years.
From the Peel website:
The show runs about 2 hours and features accompanists Judith Owen (keyboards, vocals) and Debra Dobkin (percussion, vocals). In the show Thompson has been known to include “Summer is Icumen In“, the oldest known song in the English language, and continue through time from madrigals, ballads, sea shanties, British Music Hall, Broadway tunes, garage rock and even Britney Spears. Rolling Stone says “this show proves two things: Richard Thompson can play anything, from thirteenth-century rounds and minersí ballads to Squeeze and Abba; and he can make anything rock.”
I only discovered Thompson a few years ago, while listening to the radio and randomly coming across “Beeswing” for the first time. It floored me completely, sucked me in immediately, and I knew nothing but the song until it was over.
It was the official and overdue start of my love affair with British folk. And like all great musical obsessions with a worthy object, my affair with Thompson’s music just got better the deeper I went into the catalogue.
I’m still a fan, and grateful this concert arrives early enough in the semester to find me with time and money. See you at the Peel!