Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 17 July 2022

Richard Thompson


Having booked him way back in 2019 for our 2020 festival and the year that wasn't to be, we’re overjoyed to finally be welcoming Ivor Novello Award-winning and GRAMMY® Award-nominated legend Richard Thompson in a much anticipated return to Folk by the Oak.

Richard last graced our main stage in 2014, receiving rapturous applause. His easy rapport with his audiences combined with his exceptional songcraft and guitar playing ensure that he remains one of the most influential artists on the music scene today. Indeed, everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney and David Byrne has covered his music.

In 2017 he began composing ideas for what would become his latest album: 13 Rivers, of which he says: “There are 13 songs on the record, and each one is like a river. Some flow faster than others. Some follow a slow and winding current. They all culminate on this one body of work.”

To capture this vision, he retreated to the famed Boulevard Recording Studio in Los Angeles, known previously as “The Producers Workshop” and the site for seminal classics by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Ringo Starr, and Joan Baez. Notably, this marked the first time he self-produced in over a decade and the results did not disappoint.

Richard’s career has been powered both by his ability to compose the most evocative of songs and his simply incredible guitar playing. He holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Folk Awards among his many accolades. His anthem, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, sits proudly on Time Magazine's “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.

An esteemed icon, we receive so many requests every year for his return, that we are beyond delighted to once again bring you Richard Thompson to Folk by the Oak.

Richard commands respect from all corners of the musical universe with good reason

- Folk Radio UK -

The finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix

- Los Angeles Times -

...writer of enough immortal songs to keep the world turning on its heel for several more generations, and a guitarist able to capture the ears of anyone within listening distance...

- The Arts Desk -

Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning