Culture in brief: Richard Thompson at the Outpost, Literary Festival
Rocker Richard Thompson, now a Montclair resident, will perform twice in Montclair in coming months. On Wednesday, March 20, Thompson will appear with fellow residents Zara Phillips and Warren Zanes, at the Montclair Literary Festival. They will perform at the United Way Auditorium, 60 South Fullerton Ave., at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, May 11, Thompson, will appear at Outpost in the Burbs. First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Ave. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic — from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
HIs recently released CD “Still” was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and reached #6 in the UK charts (just ahead of Taylor Swift)!
Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 1960s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock. By the age of 21 he left Fairport to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist who tours both solo acoustic and with his electric trio.
A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Loveless, Los Lobos, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley, Robert Earl Keen and numerous others. For tickets and information, visit succeed2gether.org/montclair-literary-festival and outpostintheburbs.org.