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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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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If you’re in MELBOURNE and you’re looking for a way to see out the decade tonight come on down to @merricreektavern in Northcote. The crowd pick the songs, it’s gonna be a heap of fun! Plenty of tickets at the door. Times are as follows: Doors open - 9pm Set 1 - 9.30 to 10.20pm Set 2 - 10.50 to 12 midnight Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!! ...

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Got a bunch of shows around VIC & SA over the next two weeks hitting Melbourne (New Years), Adelaide, Phillip Island, Halls Gap, Bendigo & Belgrave: Tue 31 Dec - New Years Eve Request Show (crowd choses the songs) - @merricreektavern MELBOURNE Sat 4 Jan - @hqcomplex , ADELAIDE 2pm - 5pm Family Friendly Matinee Show outdoors on the Balcony (Kids Free!) Sun 5 Jan - @phillipislandwinery Fri 10 Jan- @hallsgaphotel , Halls Gap Sat 11 Jan - The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo. w/ Luke Watt Sun 12 Jan - @sookilounge Belgrave Hope to see you at a show, if you know crew in these towns please help spread the word. More dates to be announced soon including Sydney & Brisbane 🙂 For tix & details follow link in bio ...

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Nelson Hotel Im on the way. Passing some beautiful scenery as I go. 3pm kick off lovely day for it ! ...

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My Shakespeare Avenue - Round 2 Tour continues tomorrow when I play one of Australia’s greatest country pubs - The Nelson Hotel. If you’re in the Portland / Nelson area come on down. 3pm-6pm, free entry and amazing vibes. Then New Years Eve I’m playing Melbourne at The Merri Creek Taven (request show) followed by a return to Adelaide & Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery for the first weekend of 2020. Plus a heap more - details & tix at ...

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Merry Xmas wherever you are! If you’re in Melbourne town come on down to @merricreektavern New Years Eve & help up bring in the new decade! tix at ...

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Just two weeks until I’m back in ADELAIDE - a special family friendly arvo gig, outdoors on the balcony at HQ Complex, 149 Hindley st. Show runs 2-5pm (2 sets) and under 18s are welcome & Free (with a guardian). Love these gigs where the whole family can come and it’s my first one in Adelaide, gonna be fun. Grab tickets at Moshtix ...

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JUST ANNOUNCED: GERMAN Shakespeare Album Launch Tour - June 2020 I'm so pleased to announce that as well as launching my new album Shakespeare Avenue in the UK, I'll be returning to my second home GERMANY to launch it there also. I'll play 10 shows in JUNE, tickets on sale soon, please visit (link in bio) for dates and details. And please spread the word, thanks so much! Can't wait to see you GERMANY!!!!! ...

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