Richard Thompson – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

The ticket for this was a slightly belated 40th birthday present which is why I headed across country to Cambridge on a Sunday, rather than taking the much shorter trip to Bristol on the night before.

Support came from Robert Ellis with a mixture of Folk and Country music, who played a 30 minute set before promising that we were in for a treat with the main act.

The main act was appearing as a band, or “Power Trio” as Richard later described it, rather than solo tonight. Alongside Richard Thompson were Michael Jerome and Taras Prodaniuk, as seen on the last few albums and tours. The set kicked off with a few songs from the new album, Electric, and then mixed in a fair selection of older tracks for the remainder of the set. The first encore included a sing-along call-response version of Little Sally Racket, the second a rather rough and ready cover of White Room by Cream before the finishing off with some more audience participation in Tear Stained Letter.

Stuck on the Treadmill
Sally B
Salford Sunday
For Shame of Doing Wrong
My Enemy
Can’t Win
Easy There, Steady Now
Al Bowlly’s in Heaven
Good Things Happen to Bad People
Sidney Wells
Did She Jump or was She Pushed
Never Give it Up
Wall of Death
If Love Whispers Your Name

Stony Ground
Little Sally Racket

Saving the Good Stuff for You
White Room (Cream)
Tear Stained Letter

Fairport Convention – The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

The fourth year running we’ve gone to see Fairport Convention on their Wintour, only this year they weren’t playing in Swindon so we had to head west to Weston-Super-Mare.

Support came from John Watterson in the guise of Fake Thackray playing the songs of Jake Thackray. Having never heard the original songs, I can’t comment on the authenticity, although his voice was a little indistinct at times. As tradition dictates Fairport joined in for the last song, in this case Sister Josephine, before taking over and launching into the first part of their set.

Unlike the last couple of years, there wasn’t a theme for the Wintour this year. Last year they’d not long release an album of new recordings of old songs, and the year before had seen a complete run-through of Babbacombe Lee. This year we got a good mix of the usual favourites and some tracks I’d not heard before, ending with the obligatory Meet on the Ledge. Same again next year I expect.

John Gaudie
Honour and Praise
Albert & Ted
The Eynsham Poacher
Hexhamshire Lass
Walk Awhile

Sir Patrick Spens
Mercy Bay
Around the Wild Cape Horn
Banks of the Sweet Primroses
Festival Bell
Fairwell Fairwell
Wood and the Wire
Doctor of Physick
Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Danny Jacks Reward
Matty Groves

Meet on the Ledge