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Richard Thompson OBE (born 3 April 1949, Notting Hill, London) is a British singer/songwriter and guitarist. Highly regarded for his guitar techniques, Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Thompson made his debut as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. He left the group in 1971 and began recording with his wife as Richard & Linda Thompson, before their marriage dissolved in 1983. Since then, Thompson has maintained a critically-acclaimed solo career.

He continues to write and record new material and performs live frequently throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.

Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music. On 5 July 2011, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa was conferred on Thompson by the University of Aberdeen, in a ceremony at the University’s Elphinstone Hall.

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  • zeppyfish

    The new album, Acoustic Classics, is a godsend.

    27 Jul 5:05am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    'The Calvary Cross' is one of those songs that you listen until it hurts...it's so sweet and so sad...

    7 Jul 8:14pm Reply
  • coalbanks

    classic folk-tune

    6 Feb 9:11pm Reply
  • Drazba

    well- as far as his skill as a guitarist---one only has to see one of his shows to understand..... but the "best" is ALWAYS subjective...so,,, better than Clapton, page, ,,, etc is up to the listener--ive always felt that he was very interesting and that keeps my involvement in his music up

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TristanLR

    Electric is an excellent album. My fave since Mock Tudor.

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Menno75

    Electric is a lovely album. Really good work.

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • j3lle

    So.. thank you rolling stone :)

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • j3lle

    I wanted to look for some new music and was a bit randomly looking at the apps, found the "rolling stone' app and they recommanded the album "electric".. I just put it running on the background and without noticing im at the 9th song of the album already. Thats really a good thing :D His voice also reminds me a bit of Nick Cave.

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • gui_x

    great

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • pwgleason

    Rock Cellar Magazine argues that Richard is the best guitarist of his generation - better than Page, Richards, Beck, and Clapton. http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2013/01/30/new-electric-album-by-richard-thompson-is-a-clinic-of-guitar-virtuosity-and-much-more-review/

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    congrats on the americana award

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DeafenedMetal

    grizzly fucking man

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Debaser987

    How does a brain tell fingers to do what Richard does? Holding a plectrum while picking with the other three fingers is so damn hard. Also, he uses a ridiculous amount of chromatics in his solos, so how does he make it sound in key?

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • bunchakeze

    We would LOVE your opinion of this Richard. It woudl mean a lot to us! It has been revived again!!! http://www.bunchakeze.com/Oceans5.php http://melodicrevolutionrecords.com/album/the-mingulay-boatsong

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • zhimbo

    Watching the Austin City Limits show on DVD. Holy cr*p. His guitar playing is just impossible to believe.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • CasioCal

    My lucky day.. I gave the Del McCoury cover of 1952 Vincent a spin just because of the song title, and of course it led me to Richard Thompson. I do indeed feel so good.

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • thelightbrigade

    If you like this check out http://www.myspace.com/henrysayers

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Ryantalope

    A rare example of a songwriter who just keeps on getting better. He is quite simply in a league of his own. He headlined the Green Man festival in 2008 just him and an acoustic guitar and it was one of the most incredible gigs I've ever seen. His genius should never be underestimated.

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Debaser987

    This man plays guitar with such dexterity and inventiveness that I can't help but be both jealous and awed.

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Couldn't get a ticket, so I sat outside a place one evening, heard him through the window, it was pretty great. Love "1952 Vincent", it has a brilliant line "Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme". (-:

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
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