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« on: August 11, 2019, 09:41:09 AM »

Well yes exactly what you would expect. 9/10

I did bump into DM and he asked me what I though of the set. I said 'no better than usual'. Fortunately he got the meaning. The normal for Richard Thompson is brilliant and this set was just that.

However it was a little overshadowed by DM's virtuoso performance on cow bell, in the earlier set.


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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2019, 11:09:39 AM »

Best set of the weekend for me. A well chosen selection of new and old songs.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2019, 01:27:47 PM »

Very good as always - particularly in the acoustic section.  I thought the electric set was too predictable - bar the songs from the new album it was the same old same old.  Given the size of his back catalogue, it would have been nice to have had a few more surprises, although I guess restricted rehearsal time must play a factor.  
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2019, 02:40:03 PM »

Excellent, great choice of songs I thought.
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2019, 04:37:27 PM »

Very good.  Gave us Beeswing AND Vincent 52 AND Persuasion all in just the acoustic set!  I'd have rather had fewer of the new album songs and more of the old favourites in the electric set, as it seemed to be harder for Simon, Peggy and DM to do the same justice to them (which they must all have had to learn especially) as they could give to the numbers they were more familiar with.  Simon particularly seemed subdued during this set.  But it's all just quibbles - he was great.  They were great.  Book 'em again next year!  

Oh, and it was just a shame that Christine Collister was playing the next day.  At Towersey last year she turned up with him and (unrehearsed, apparently) sang some great duets with RT on things like Wall of Death.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2019, 05:30:58 PM »

Standard never drops, we really are spoiled aren't we?

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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2019, 05:32:29 PM »

Now Iíve been to fairport since 2008 and must have seen RT a few times but itís always kind of washed over me.(washed being the operative word as it was usually pouring with rain and Iíve probably been hiding in various merch tents)
This time I was blown away.
Acoustically fantastic,voice fantastic.
Then on come FC to act as backing band.
Brilliant.
It all gelled and was one hell of a performance.
Iím proud to say Iíve now enjoyed watching RT and loved every minute.
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2019, 05:38:19 PM »

He sang about wanting a storm to come and then it did... Cry

But Vincent Black Lightning is one of the best songs ever written, so that made up for it...
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2019, 05:56:47 PM »

Iíve not been much of an RT fan in the past. Heís OK and a great songwriter, but this year Iím delighted to have turned a corner. I really enjoyed it! Iím not sure about the crocodile tears song (he sings it with such venom!!) but everything else was great, and much enhanced by Simon et al joining him.

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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2019, 06:48:36 PM »

Genius throughout , best set of the festival by a country mile. His funny songs when they appear every few years are great. The previous one about Donald was a cracker.
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2019, 06:53:12 PM »

So, did they just stick to RT music in this set...no lapses into Full House or anything?
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2019, 07:09:14 PM »


So, did they just stick to RT music in this set...no lapses into Full House or anything?


Yup, just RT. Half acoustic, half band (drawn from classics and some from 13 rivers)
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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2019, 10:55:24 PM »

Fantastic performance, Good selection of songs from the master.
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2019, 12:03:12 AM »

The solo set was brilliant and very much enjoyed by us.

On this occasion I didn't think the band gelled all that well. Last time out, with the late Pete Zorn, "Tear Stained Letter" was a tour de force, this time, not really up to that standard.


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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2019, 10:28:15 AM »

fabulous.
my love for RT just grows and grows every time i see him.
i particularly like when he 'goes electric', the acoustic stuff always stops me in my tracks then the more upbeat stuff has me on my feet and dancing.

and the kids loved him too, they were right down at the front.
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2019, 11:33:20 AM »

Class act as always. I was a little surprised that he played so much stuff from the latest album since he was joined by Ďoldí Fairport members, I was expecting some form of reference to the 3 albums having their 50th anniversary this year. Wrong as usual
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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2019, 01:38:56 PM »

Whilst RT is always superb but this was one of the best sets I have seen him do.  The acoustic set covered 52 Vincent and Beeswing as well of some off 13 Rivers (which had the desired effect as I went and bought the album).  His voice does not seem to have weakened with age unlike some of the other acts over the weekend

Unlike some others here I thought the second half when Fairport (passed and present) acted as his backing band was excellent - in many ways far tighter than the main FC set on Saturday.

One of the real highlights of the weekend for me
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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2019, 02:13:21 PM »

Is that lady singer RT's new partner?
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2019, 02:16:10 PM »


Is that lady singer RT's new partner?


who cares.......none of our business
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2019, 02:56:36 PM »



Is that lady singer RT's new partner?


who cares.......none of our business

Agreed...but to answer Malcolm's question, yes that is Zara Phillips, RT's new partner.  Smiley
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