Anne Margaret Daniel: Richard Thompson, Troubadour
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Richard Thompson, photo © Ron Sleznak via Richard Thompson Music
If you already know, and love the music of, Richard Thompson, then I'm singing to the choir. If you don't, then prepare for proselytizing. Such religious words and phrases aren't too much for Thompson's longtime and fiercely devoted fans, who have followed the singer/songwriter/stringman since his earliest days -- as a teenager -- with the Fairport Convention in the late 1960s. One of the founding members of the London-born group, Thompson played lead guitar for the band on traditional and folk songs past and present, from ancient Highland ballads like Matty Groves to songs by Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan (the latter, most celebratedly, in French in 1969). Thompson began writing songs for the group, including the 1968 song that became their signature, Meet on the Ledge.
Thompson left Fairport Convention in early 1971 and would tour, intermittently, over the next decade with Linda Peters, soon Linda T
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