Day 209 - Bonnie St Johnstone: Richard Thompson
Although he's performed at the Concert Hall 3 times (and will hopefully be back again soon), the legendary English guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson has never yet played this song in Perth. One of the most gruesome versions of the ancient murder ballad The Cruel Mother, Thompson's rendition is so good we'll forgive him his disparaging comments about the mighty St Johnstone FC in his introduction to the song.
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Folk Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello.
Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock. By the age of 21 he left the band to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful and massively influential solo artist.
A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s music including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Don Henley and many others.