Richard Thompson’s surprise Cambridge Folk duet

Richard Thompson at at The Green Man Festival 2008 by Trevor Eales
Richard Thompson at at The Green Man Festival 2008 by Trevor Eales

Folk stalwart Richard Thompson delivered an almighty juggernaut of a set on the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival 2011 on Saturday evening.

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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