Podcast 322: Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson joins us this week for a very special talk about the making of his new memoir, Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 (order here). The book chronicles the first chapter of RT’s music career – including his time in the Fairport Convention, playing with Sandy Denny and his early solo albums – and is a must-read for fans of the famed singer-songwriter.

During our chat, we talk about the times Jimi Hendrix sat in with the Fairport Convention, how the group unearthed all those old British folk songs, his relationship with Sandy Denny and how he gleaned at least part of his right hand technique from banjo-ukulele great George Formby. We also hear about Thompson’s future recording projects, his Lowden guitars, and a lot more.

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Above photo: David Kaptein