World renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter Richard Thompson has announced a UK tour including a Manchester gig at Manchester Opera House in October.

The announcement comes in anticipation of his latest studio album which is due for release later this year via Proper Records.

During a busy 2017, Thompson released two volumes of acoustic recordings:  Acoustic Classics Vol. II featuring acoustic renderings of classic songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue and Acoustic Rarities featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in his repertoire. He also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Fairport Convention, the ground-breaking band he co-founded as a teenager in the ‘60s, with a performance at its annual Cropredy Festival last August.

Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson 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.

When does Richard Thompson perform at Manchester Opera House?

Richard Thompson headlines at Manchester Opera House on Sunday 21 October 2018.  The Manchester gig comes in the middle of a UK tour:
11 October   –   Liverpool, Philharmonic
13 October   –   Perth, Concert Hall
15 October   –   Canterbury, Marlowe
16 October   –   London, Barbican
17 October   –   Bath, Forum
18 October   –   Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
20 October   –   Stoke on Trent, Victoria Hall
21 October   –   Manchester, Manchester Opera House
22 October   –   York, Grande Opera House
23 October   –   Hull, City Hall
24 October   –   Gateshead, Sage
26 October   –   Birmingham, Town Hall
27 October   –   Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
28 October   –   Oxford, New Theatre
30 October   –   Cambridge, Corn Exchange
31 October   –   Salisbury, City Hall
1 November   –   Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
2 November   –   High Wycombe, Swan
3 November   –   Woking, The New Victoria.

Support for all shows comes from Joan Shelley.

When do tickets for Richard Thompson at Manchester Opera House go on sale?

Tickets for Richard Thompson’s Manchester gig go on sale at 10am on Friday 18 May.