Richard Thompson plans a show at the Waterville Opera

Richard Thompson Photo by Zoran Orlic

WATERVILLE – A solo acoustic concert by Richard Thompson is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, September 16 at the Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St. Opening act will be Jason Spooner.

Since co-founding Fairport Convention in 1967, Thompson has had a decorated career in the music business. He has received an OBE and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the BBC, the Ivor Novellos and Americana awards from Nashville.

He was Nick Drake’s guitarist on Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter. Everyone from Robert Plant, Don Henley and Elvis Costello to REM, Christy Moore and David Bryne have covered his music.
Thompson began his recording career with Fairport Convention in 1967 before leaving in 1971. His first solo record Henry The Human Fly was released the following year, featuring a woman named Linda Peters on vocals.

She was soon Linda Thompson and together the Thompsons released six albums between 1974 and 1982. The first, ‘I Wanna See the Bright Lights Tonight’, was not critically acclaimed when released but has since become a masterpiece.

Spooner has had a visible and respected presence on the Northeast and Nationwide live music circuits for nearly two decades, Spooner performs both solo and as the bandleader of the Jason Spooner Band. This tireless troubadour has considerably broadened his musical horizons during six studio outings.

Her writing has been celebrated as a unique strength for its combination of vibrant imagery and explorations of complex human psychology while retaining an undertone of poetic mystery.

This event is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund.

Tickets cost between $43 and $53.

For tickets or more information, visit operahouse.org.

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