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

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