Shakespeare Avenue

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Recorded in England with Mercury nominated producer Sean Lakeman

Shakespeare Avenue is a contemporary take on Thompson’s rich and distinctive folk and acoustic roots.

His narrative, character-based, emotive songs have earned him comparisons to Springsteen and Mellancamp. Shakespeare Avenue continues in this vein of songwriting, interweaving political and social commentary with personal, human tales.

Thompson explains, “Some of the characters are real (there’s a song about Dylan Voller, as well as a historical narrative about West Australian Indigenous leader, Yagan), while some are fictional” (‘Avondale Heights To Sunshine’ deals with a suburban dad trying to leave the neighbourhood and it’s traps that he was born into). Holding up a mirror to the human condition, Thompson’s lyrics attempt to make sense of the world, whether it be the personal, societal or political. 
“Shakespeare Avenue at its core, is an album about what it is to be human – to love, to be loved and to aspire to be something. I find folk music to be the perfect genre within which to write about these things”.

Taking lead from the British-folk-edge of Richard Thompson, Christy More and Dick Gaughin, Thompson moved his whole family to Dartmoor in the South-West of England, to immerse himself in folk traditions, and find, write and record with this new English influence.

Seeking a new approach to writing and production, Thompson collaborated on his new offering with producer Sean Lakeman, his brother Seth Lakeman (who has spent the last two years touring the world with Robert Plant), and Sean’s partner Kathryn Roberts – the three often referred to as “a virtual folk dynasty”.

Thompson proudly boasts of Shakespeare Avenue as his best work yet.

1. Ship To Come In
2. End Of The Day
3. Avondale Heights To Sunshine
4. Shoulder
5. Yagan
6. Shakespeare Avenue
7. Unless We Go Now
8. Dylan Voller
9. Land’s End
10. You See Though

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Tour Dates

WA I'm coming your way! A One off FREO show (my only one for quite a while) on SATURDAY 29 FEB at @clancysfremantle , before heading to @the_river_pub_margs & Nannup Music Festival the next day. SAT 29 FEB - Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle SUN 1 MARCH - Nannup Music Festival 11.30am - Nannup Amphitheatre / 9.50pm - Tigerville SUN 1 MARCH - The River 4pm - 7pm // Free Entry // Kid Friendly Hope to see you there:) ...

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Playing a gig on the other side of town. But I’ll be thinking of this beautiful, wonderful, adventurous, brilliant woman all night. Happy valentines angel x ...

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Good vibes at @thewesleyanne tonight for Valentine’s Day. Plenty of tix on the door. Come on down! 8pm doors I kick off at 8.30 🙂 ...

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If you're coming to my VALENTINES Day show tomorrow night at the beautiful Wesley Anne in MELBOURNE with a special someone and you've got a song of mine you want me to play for them hit me up - here or on the night. It's my pleasure to serenade 🙂 Tix still available from link in bio ...

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Playing MELBOURNE this Friday & then FREO, Margaret River & Nannup Music Festival in 2 weeks: Fri 14 Feb - @thewesleyanne , Northcote (special seated VALENTINES DAY SHOW) Sat 22 Feb - Murphies Geelong Sat 29 Feb - @clancysfremantle Sun 1 March - @nannupmusicfestival Sun 1 March (4-7pm) - @the_river_pub_margs Plus Brisbane & Sydney to come too 🙂 ...

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Very sorry to any UK fans keen to come to the Milton-Keynes, Bath or Battle shows but unfortunately I have had to shorten my UK tour and cancel these 3 shows. The rest of the tour is full steam ahead but for these 3 shows there will be full refunds sorted very soon. In the world of the independent singer-songwriter as you can imagine it can be hard to make ends meet all the time. I have been offered a wonderful job this year, teaching young musicians how to get starting in the music biz, and getting them engaged into the magic that is MUSIC. Unfortunately to make that job work I had to shorten my UK tour. Again, all other dates are still going ahead but the 1st three dates of the tour had to be cancelled. If you can make it to another show please do - LONDON on Sunday 31 May will be a ripper. Thanks so much for your understanding. 🙂 Carus ...

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MELBOURNE crew - come and join me for a special VALENTINES DAY seated show - FRI 14 FEB in the beautiful confines of @thewesleyanne Northcote. Only 80 seats available, tix link in bio ...

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Pretty good venue today ! At the @westernportyachtclub with Ben Smith. Come on down. Im on at 8pm. #peninsulasongriders ...

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Playing @westernportyachtclub today on the Mornington Peninsula. Playing times are > doors open: 6pm / Ben Smith: 6.30pm - 7.30 / Carus 8pm - 9pm. Tix at the door, food available and kids welcome. Come one down! ...

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All tickets for my Shakespeare Avenue - Round 2 Tour that visits VIC, WA, QLD & NSW are on sale now. Link in bio for tix. ...

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Well after 9 years of looking after the kids 24/7 so I can tour my music around the world (including home schooling!) this wonderful, beautiful, very special human being @dinal_broster is finally getting a long over due trip on her own - 2 well deserved nights in Sydney town. X o Go Linda ! ...

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So looking forward to playing this special double bill with Benjamin Smith as part of Peninsula SongRiders Club on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s happening SAT 25 Jan, at Westernport Yacht Club. Tix from trybooking. Hope to see you there. ...

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Just announced I’m playing a special Valentine’s Day intimate seated show at the wonderful @wesleyannenorthcote in Melbourne. Limited capacity of only 80 so that every ticket gets a seat. Grab you squeeze and come - let’s celebrate love ! Tix link in bio ...

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Great gig with @lukewatt_music last night at @theoldchurchonthehill , Bendigo. Thanks to all involved. Playing tonight at @sookilounge in Belgrave. Doors 8pm, plenty of tickets at the door. Come on down! ...

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Luke Watt showing how it’s done at @theoldchurchonthehill Im on at 8.30. Great vibe come on down #bendigo ...

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The show tonight in Halls Gap is unfortunately cancelled due to be completely writing off my car on the way. I am completely fine despite hitting the guard rail and then being hit by a truck (he was a great driver to not completely clean me up). Waiting in Ballan for a train back to Melbourne. The trusty Ford sadly stays here. Rest of the weekends gigs still going ahead but sorry no Halls Gap tonight. ...

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Playing 3 great shows around VIC this week: Fri 10 Jan - @hallsgaphotel , Halls Gap Sat 11 Jan - @theoldchurchonthehill Bendigo w/ @lukewatt_music Sun 12 Jan - @sookilounge, Belgrave Hope to see you at a show, gonna be fun 🙂 tix links in bio ...

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Really sorry but due to the weather (wonderful rain!) today’s show in Phillip Island has had to be cancelled. So sorry to anyone who was keen to come, we were gonna try make it work but unfortunately (though fortunately as this rain is much needed) it wasn’t possible. I’ll be back soon - promise ! ...

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If you're heading down to the @westernportsanremo tonight to watch Daryl Braithwaite get down early as I'm opening. Then on Sunday arvo I'm playing at @phillipislandwinery , undercover 2pm - 5pm/ Free Entry ...

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