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GUEST,Jon Dudley Great Guitar Playing - Richard Thompson (25) RE: Great Guitar Playing - Richard Thompson 13 Jan 10

RT is just the business. As someone to whom gaining mastery of any musical instrument is about as likely as as getting a ham sandwich at Terre a Terre (Brighton vegetarian restaurant joke), I have nothing but admiration for people like RT...and indeed Paul Brady. Incidentally, Will, Paul uses Lowden guitars and bugger me he turned up at Jeff Davis' gig (they are old friends) at Sheila Miller's club last year and did a floor spot. Sheila knew well who he was but some of the audience only twigged when he launched into Arthur McBride...he was able to borrow a Lowden guitar from one of the residents and couldn't believe his luck. As he sat down to thunderous applause he whispered "give 'em what they want"...and he just had.

Many years ago when I was at school, I had a chum called Bill Bailey (no not that one, although he's no mean instrumentalist either) and a favourite pastime was finding nice pieces of music on the telly. My fave was the Robinson Crusoe theme, his, being a guitarist himself was the theme to 'Farm Progress' who played that? was it John Pearce?

In penning Vincent Black Lightning, RT wrote not only a modern day tragic ballad but also the anthem for any of us with an incurable affection for antedeluvian British motorcycles. I believe it's still his most requested stage number too.

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