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.

Tracklist:
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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My first ever 5 star review!!! Thanks so much to the UK's RnR Magazine who gave "Shakespeare Avenue" this wonderful review in their latest issue. Link in bio to my Spotify page if you wanna have a listen ...

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Hi Everyone. Obviously all Australian dates are cancelled due to COVID-19. In the meantime please head on over to your favourite streaming platform and give me a listen, or go old school and crank up the CD player. (Spotify link in bio) "Shakespeare Avenue" goes well a wine or a pint. Half the record was written in a wonderful 800 year old house that was literally 8 metres from a brilliant West Country English pub. And we made use of it - that was for sure. 🙂 ...

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Unfortunately thanks to Corona Virus crap, which has led to low tix sales, the venue and I have decided to cancel Sundays show in BRISBANE at The Junk Bar. So sorry to anyone planing to come! Full refunds will be issued from OZtix. Make it up to you Brissie One day soon! ...

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Brisbane. See you this Sunday arvo for a gig at @thejunkbar. I LOVE this gig. Super vibe and only 50 tickets avail. Show runs 3pm -5pm. @pepperjanehq opens. Tix link in bio 🙂 ...

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I got played on the BBC last night! Thanks so much to The Genevive Tudor Folk show on BBC Radio Shropshire for giving my song "Yagan" from Shakespeare Avenue a spin. Amazing! ...

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Playing the lovely county Victorian town that is Birchip tonight. Gigs just started some young locals warming up the crowd. Gonna be a good one ! ...

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Great set at Nannup today. Playing The River in Margs this arvo from 5-8pm (free entry) then back to Nannup for a dancing set at Tigerville at 9.50pm. ...

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Airport selfie 86 (?). Heading back to WA for 4 shows in 2 days. Starting tonight at @clancysfremantle. Then tomorrow 2 shows at @nannupmusicfestival (sold out) and @the_river_pub_margs I’ve only had one coffee so far hence the face. But gonna be FUN. Folk rock n roll singer-songwriter solo artist touring at is best 🙂 😎💪🕺🌏💥 @moholmesw joins me onstage tonight and @pepperjanehq opens Clancy’s and River shows. ...

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FREMANTLE - see you this Saturday night when I play one of my fave venues @clancysfremantle QLD's Pepper Jane will open & Mo Wilson will back me with some wonderful keys (as he does) Ticket link in bio. Hope to see you there! 🙂 ...

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Exciting news this morning! My song “Land’s End” off Shakespeare Avenue - co-written with the brilliant @sethlakemannews & produced by Sean Lakeman (@kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman) is a semi-finalist in the highly respected International Songwriting Competition run out of Nashville, USA. There’s 18000 entries and only 11% make it this far so pretty pleased! I’ve been a semi-finalist last 3 years in a row, so hopefully Seth & Sean’s wonderful contributions help me get over the line. What a day that was recording in Dartmoor, UK. Can’t wait to be in back in England this May to launch the record. #isc2019semifinalist ...

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Fist band gig in a while ! Kicked off with the 3 piece now at @murphysgeelong Free entry. Playing until 12 come on down ! ...

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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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