The Richard Thompson Band : Live at Celtic Connections

Written by Tim Newby

May 26, 2012

Live at the Celtic Connections, Richard Thompson’s first live concert DVD in over five years, is well worth the wait.

Filmed at the Royal Concert Hall in Galsgow, Scotland, the DVD features a full show from last year’s Celtic Connection Festival.  Backed by his touring band, the first set finds Thompson working through material from his latest album, 2010’s Dream Attic. Through 11 of the 13 tracks from the album the experience and familiarity of Thompson’s band is evident. Much of the Grammy-nominated Dream Attic was recorded live with this same band, and their ability to truly get inside of each tune is clear, while Thompson’s masterful guitar work continues to shine front and center.

The second set finds Thompson digging deep into his incomparable archive, or as he describes them with a sly laugh to the crowd, “my greatest hits with a small ‘h’.”  The career spanning set stretches from Thompson’s first solo album, Henry the Human Fly, with “The Angels Took My Racehorse Away,” through some of his most well known material, including “Wall of Death” from the legendary Shoot out the Lights, “Tear Stained Letter,” and “One Door Opens.” The DVD also includes two bonus tracks from the 2011 Cambridge Folk Festival – “Uninhabited Man” and “Johnny’s Far Away” – which help provide a full over view of Thompson’s unmatched catalog.

Live at Celtic Connections is a chance to see the guitar master at work. It is a reminder of why he is truly one of the greatest guitarists of the last 40 years.

Live at Celtic Connections is out now on Eagle Rock Entertainment.