From his work as a teen founder of folk-rock fusion ensemble Fairport Convention, through the series of nigh-on-flawless releases credited to him and then-wife Linda Thompson – including the string of soul-stirring solo albums that culminated in the recent critically lauded “Electric” – Richard Thompson has never flinched. His path has been all but singular – a determinedly individualistic journey toward the heights of stellar songwriting and near-peerless musicianship.
Thompson is unquestionably royalty, and though he commands an audience that might be described as more cult than mainstream, that audience is a staunchly loyal one. Local fans have been treated to a few incendiary Thompson shows in town in the past, perhaps most notably at the Tralf Music Hall, where Thompson led a full band, and welcomed his son, songwriter Teddy Thompson, along for the opening act duties.
Now, Thompson will up the ante on musician-fan intimacy, with a solo acoustic show at 8 p.m. Friday in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Once again, Teddy Thompson will open the show.
Tickets are $35 advance, $40 day of show (box office Tickets.com).
– Jeff Miers