3 Sep 2017

British folk legend Richard Thompson strips it back

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 3 September 2017
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Photo: Beeswing Records

'Unplugged' albums have always amused and bemused William Dart - especially when the band in question made their name with music that might have had some reaching for earplugs. Nirvana is sampled as an example.

But equally, what does it mean when an artist whose roots are in the folk tradition strips back?

Richard Thompson's new and second collection of Acoustic Classics travels through almost half-a-century of his songs, going back to early days with Fairport Convention. And the songs included are some of his most personal and heart-wrenching.

Music Details

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam' (Kelly/McKee) – Nirvana
MTV Unplugged in New York
(Geffen)

'Genesis Hall' (Thompson) – Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics II
(Beeswing)

'Genesis Hall' (Thompson) – Fairport Convention
Unhalfbricking
(Island)

'A Heart Needs a Home' (Thompson) – Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics II
(Beeswing)

'Gethsemene' (Thompson) – Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics II
(Beeswing)

'Alexander Graham Bell' (Thompson) – Richard Thompson
Acoustic Rarities
(Beeswing)

'I'll Take My Sorrows to the Sea' (Thompson) – Richard Thompson
Acoustic Rarities
(Beeswing)

'The End of the Rainbow' (Thompson) – Richard Thompson
Acoustic Rarities
(Beeswing)

'I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight' (Thompson) – Richard and Linda Thompson
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
(Island)

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