Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones at The Apex...
Teddy Thompson has been called "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation" by The New York Times, and "one of the best living hopes for contemporary music” by Popmatters.
The son of folk singer-songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson, he played in his father’s band as a youngster, before emigrating to New York, to embark on a career of his own. Rather than continuing down the pure folk route, Teddy took influence from such artists as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and the Everly Brothers. Country music also had a big influence on his melodic and brooding songwriting: “I was obsessed with country music when I was a kid, and it's definitely had a huge influence on the way I write songs. I was always attracted to songs that had a brilliant pun or a clever turn of phrase, but came from a dark, bitter place.”
He has released five albums to critical acclaim and has contributed to many other works, including duet ‘King of the Road’ with Rufus Wainwright, from the soundtrack to the Golden Globe and Bafta-winning film Brokeback Mountain. He has also collaborated on projects with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Jenni Muldaur, and others.
Long-time mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly Jones first sang together 2011. The duo enchanted audiences at this year’s South by South West Music Festival: ‘Thompson and Jones made magic happen, and their banter between songs — her sunny optimism balancing Thompson’s wry miseries — was as captivating.’
On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, the duo offer engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart with “seamless, high-lonesome harmonies that would do the Everly Brothers proud” (Mother Jones).
After their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall, Teddy and Kelly are looking forward to their first national tour together.
Teddy Thompson plays at The Apex on Thursday 4 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20, ring The Apex box office on 01284 758000 or see www.theapex.co.uk for more details or to book.