Album release: 'Acoustic Rarities' by Richard Thompson
Release date: 6 October 2017
More info: Artist website
Following the release of 'Acoustic Classics Vol. II' to great reviews in August, Richard Thompson will release 'Acoustic Rarities' (Beeswing via Proper Distribution) on October 6, just ahead of his UK tour that month. 'Acoustic Rarities' is new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.
In addition to releasing 'Acoustic Classics Vol. II' in August, Richard played a glorious Cropredy Festival, celebrating the 50th anniversary of ground-breaking group Fairport Convention, which he co-founded as a teenager in the ‘60s. A hugely popular live performer, Richard looks forward to hitting the road in October for his solo shows.
Richard Thompson was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received multiple awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards and the US and UK Americana Music Association Awards, as well as Mojo’s Les Paul Award and an Ivor Novello Award for song writing. Thompson was appointed OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded his songs.
Press reaction to date
“It is an unalloyed treat” - Uncut 8/10
“When Richard Thompson sings, seas part and rocks crumble” - The Guardian 4*
“Classics from an enduring class act.” - The Sun 4* and ‘The Big Album’ of the week
“…reiterating why Rolling Stone magazine once crowned him one of the greatest guitarists of all time.“ - Daily Mail
F.T. 4 *