Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the release on 30 January 2012 of the “Live At Celtic Connections” DVD and Blu-ray from Richard Thompson [Cat Nos EREDV895 and ERBRD5094 respectively]. Undoubtedly one of the finest British guitarists and songwriters of the last 40 years, Thompson’s very loyal fanbase has faithfully followed him from his early Fairport Convention days in the late sixties and early seventies and throughout his eclectic solo career, with many new fans joining along the way. The Blu-ray release is Thompson’s first ever on that format. The Mirror said, “In the guitar god firmament, Thompson easily takes a place beside Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. He has certainly been the most consistently imaginative English plank spanker of modern times.”
Filmed in January 2011 at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow as part of the annual Celtic Connections festival, this release captures a superb performance by The Richard Thompson Band. The first half of the show focuses on Thompson’s latest “Dream Attic” album with the second half given over to songs reaching back as far as his first solo album “Henry The Human Fly” and up to recent releases such as “Sweet Warrior” and “The Old Kit Bag”. Thompson’s distinctive voice and unmistakeable guitar style are well to the fore and his band are as good as it gets. This will be a must-have purchase for any Richard Thompson fan. As Bonus Features we also include two tracks filmed at the 2011 Cambridge Folk Festival: “Uninhabited Man” and “Johnny’s Far Away”.
1) The Money Shuffle 2) Among The Gorse, Among The Grey 3) Haul Me Up 4) Burning Man 5) Here Comes Geordie 6) Demons In Her Dancing Shoes 7) Big Sun Falling In The River 8) Stumble On 9) Sidney Wells 10) A Brother Slips Away 11) If Love Whispers Your Name 12) The Angels Took My Racehorse Away 13) Can’t Win 14) One Door Opens 15) Al Bowlly’s In Heaven 16) I’ll Never Give It Up 17) Wall Of Death 18) Tear Stained Letter 19) Take Care The Road You Choose 20) A Man In Need
The line-up for this show featured Richard Thompson (guitar, vocals); Michael Jerome (drums); Taras Prodaniuk (bass); Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin); Pete Zorn (guitars, flute, saxophone, mandolin). The Spectator described Thompson as, “One of the world’s greatest guitarists, a must-see performer and one of the finest songwriters this country has ever produced.” “Live At Celtic Connections” more than bears that out.