Richard Thompson's surprise Cambridge Folk duet

He brings out Green Wing actor Stephen Mangan for encore

Richard Thompson's surprise Cambridge Folk duet

Photographer:Trevor Eales

Paddy Burke - 30 July 2011

With barely a word to the audience between songs, Thompson called on over 40 years and as many albums of experience to claim his rightful place as one of the folk scene's true heavyweights.

Showing a virtuosity on acoustic guitar undimmed by all his years of service, the ex-Fairport Convention legend had fans swaying, clapping and singing along from the off.

In a surprise finale, as the crowd roared the singer back on to the stage for an encore, Thompson brought Green Wing actor Stephen Mangan on with him for a closing duet, which will surely see this set go down in Cambridge folklore.

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