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Richard Thompson On World Cafe

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    Richard Thompson on World Cafe As co-founder of the ground-breaking English group Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson is most often associated with folk music. But he's twisted traditions past any limits of genre. His intricate guitar playing also seems to defy the physical limitations of what human hands can do. And he still practices. We'll hear about that in a conversation with host Talia Schlanger today. Plus, Richard performs a live set from his latest album 13 Rivers – It's a big rocking, electric take on the human condition. That's coming up, on the next World Cafe.
For more than 50 years, Thompson has twisted the traditions of British folk, shattered the boundaries of genre and stretched the limitations of human hands.
For more than 50 years, guitar and songwriting giant Richard Thompson has twisted the traditions of British folk, shattered the boundaries of genre and stretched the limitations of human hands.

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