Fairport convention legend Richard visits Cardigan Castle

LEGENDARY singer-songwriter Richard Thompson will perform at Cardigan Castle on Saturday night.

The Fairport Convention founder will appear at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) as part of the summer series of co-promoted live music events between Mwldan and Cardigan Castle.

Since co-founding Fairport Convention in 1967, the guitarist has had one of music’s most decorated careers.

He received an OBE and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the BBC, the Ivor Novellos and Americana awards from Nashville.

Los Angeles Time called him “The best songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix”. rolling stone named him “one of the 20 greatest guitarists of all time”.

He was Nick Drake’s guitarist on five leaves left and Bryter Layer. Everyone from Robert Plant, Don Henley and Elvis Costello to REM, Christy Moore and David Bryne have covered his music.

Thompson began her recording career with Fairport Convention in 1967 before leaving in 1971.

His first solo record Henry The Human Fly was released the following year, with a woman called Linda Peters appearing on vocals.

She was soon Linda Thompson and together the Thompsons released six albums between 1974 and 1982.

The first one, I wanna see the lights shining tonightwas not critically acclaimed upon release, but has since been considered a masterpiece.

Of this one, Q Magazine said: “Thompson has found his ideal foil in Linda. Extremely inventive guitarist, he gives free rein to his talent on this dark and brooding album. Rolling Stone lists the album as one of the 500 greatest of all time.

Throughout the 80s, 90s and 00s, Thompson released one critically acclaimed album after another, amassing generation after generation of new fans.

From Dream Attic (2010), an album described by Dough as containing “some of the most visceral guitar solos of his career”, he had a string of Top 20 albums in the UK, reaching the highest positions of his long career.”

Last years 13 rivers was described by pop matters as “a raw, unfiltered affair from a veteran artist who shows no signs of slowing down,” and anyone who’s seen it live lately will know what that means.”

Tickets, priced at £30, are on sale now through Mwldan’s box office on 01239 621200 or to buy online at www.mwldan.co.uk.

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