Richard Thompson
Live at the Winspear

Richard Thompson

With guest artist ELIZA GILKYSON
Wednesday, October 30 8:00 PM

In 2017, Ivor Novello Award-winning and GRAMMY® Award-nominated legend Richard Thompson gave himself up to the music itself. Picking up a guitar, emotions echoed through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic songwriting, impassioned picking. Those transmissions comprise his nineteenth solo album, 13 Rivers.

“I never really think about what songs mean,” Thompson admits. “I just write them. Some of them reflect on what happened a few months ago or even a year ago. It’s a process of surveying my life and where I was at.” In 2017, Thompson began composing ideas for what would become 13 Rivers at his California home. Off the road, he focused on writing. As a result of the defined time period, the music possessed a distinct cohesion.

Thompson’s influence can’t be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney and David Byrne has covered his music.  Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy jumped at the chance to produce 2015’s Still —which earned plaudits from ​Pitchfork, ​The Guardian, ​Rolling Stone, and more. Meanwhile, Werner Herzog tapped him for the soundtrack to Grizzly Man. He launched his career by co-founding trailblazing rock outfit Fairport Convention responsible for igniting a British Folk Rock movement. However, 13 Rivers represents another high watermark.

“The songs are a surprise in a good way,” he leaves off. “They came to me as a surprise in a dark time. They reflected my emotions in an oblique manner that I’ll never truly understand. It’s as if they’d been channeled from somewhere else. You find deeper meaning in the best records as time goes on. The reward comes later.”

Reserved Seating
Orchestra, Terrace, Dress Circle $47.00
Upper Circle $42.00
Gallery $37.00

* Price does not include service charges.