Renowned guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson has announced a series of UK gigs with his Richard Thompson Electric Trio, which will include a performance at The Lowry Theatre on 9 September 2015.
The much celebrated performer, a Les Paul Award Winner and recipient of BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and OBE, is also set to release a new album, Still, on 29 June.
Still, which will be available on CD and vinyl, was recorded in a two-story rehearsal loft in Chicago over the course of just nine days with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at the helm, backed by several longtime players from both Thompson’s and Tweedy’s bands. Thompson enlisted Tweedy’s production skills in an effort to shake up his own creative approach to making records. “It turned out be really good idea,” says Thompson. “Jeff is musically very sympathetic. Although some of his contributions are probably rather subtle to the listener’s ear, they were really interesting and his suggestions were always very pertinent.”
“I really tried to not have any preconceived ideas,” Thompson says of working with Tweedy, “but of course you do. I tried to shove those to the back of my mind. You don’t really know until you turn up — what the studio is like, what the gear is like. It ended up being a nice unfolding of surprises.”
The full tour listing:
28 August – Wareham, Dorset Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
30 August – Shrewsbury Folk Festival
1 September – Dublin, Vicar Street
2 September – Perth, Concert Hall
3 September – Aberdeen, Music Hall
5 September – Edinburgh, Queens Hall
6 September – Gateshead, Sage
8 September – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
9 September – Salford, Lowry
10 September – Sheffield, City Hall
12 September – Nottingham, Royal Centre
13 September – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
15 September – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
16 September – Bristol, Colston Hall
18 September – Ipswich, Regent Theatre
19 September – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
20 September – London, Royal Festival Hall
Tickets for the Richard Thompson Electric Trio performing at the Lowry on 9 September 2015 go on sale on 1 May 2015.
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