Live at the Celtic Connections, Richard Thompsonâ€™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 yearâ€™s Celtic Connection Festival.Â Backed by his touring band, the first set finds Thompson working through material from his latest album, 2010â€™s Dream Attic. Through 11 of the 13 tracks from the album the experience and familiarity of Thompsonâ€™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 Thompsonâ€™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, â€œmy greatest hits with a small â€˜hâ€™.â€Â The career spanning set stretches from Thompsonâ€™s first solo album, Henry the Human Fly, with â€œThe Angels Took My Racehorse Away,â€ through some of his most well known material, including â€œWall of Deathâ€ from the legendary Shoot out the Lights, â€œTear Stained Letter,â€ and â€œOne Door Opens.â€ The DVD also includes two bonus tracks from the 2011 Cambridge Folk Festival – â€œUninhabited Manâ€ and â€œJohnnyâ€™s Far Awayâ€ – which help provide a full over view of Thompsonâ€™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.