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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Thanks so much to @mgmdistribution for getting all 7 of my releases up on Spotify & AppleMusic under the one name - CARUS THOMPSON. Please head on over & have a listen, and if inclined please give me a follow - it all helps in the brave new world of getting your music out there in streaming land 🙂 🙂 🙂 ...

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I’ll launch my new album SHAKESPEARE AVENUE in the UK next year. Produced by Sean Lakeman, featuring Seth Lakeman & Kathryn Roberts it was recorded this summer in Dartmoor, Devon. So excited to head back and play these songs in the country they were made. Tickets On Sale Now. Listen to Shakespeare Avenue now on your favourite streaming service. ...

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I’m launching my new album around Australia, heres a live version of one of the songs off it - Shoulder, a song about how the major political parties have failed this country in previous years - too many leadership squabbles, not enough kindness! Next gig is FREMANTLE on FRI 25 OCT at @theaardvarkbar Then it’s Sydney, Adelaide, Ocean Grove, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, San Remo & Phillip Island. Link in bio for tour dates & tix Check out my FB pages for full version of the live clip. The album SHAKESPEARE Avenue is out now streaming, download & CD. ...

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Thanks to @xpress_mag for chatting to me about my new album Shakespeare Avenue. To have a read follow the link in my bio Hometown launch on FRI 25 OCT at @theaardvarkbar (Norfolk basement), Fremantle w/ special guest @helentownsendmusic Tix at eventbrite 🙂 ...

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Thanks heaps to everyone who came to the gig last night in Geraldton. I loved it! Next up Fremantle on the 25th October Thanks @james_thommo97 for the photo - legend of the local music scene 🙂 ...

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On my way up to Geraldton to play @_cutlersmith tonight and run 2 workshops with young people through @headspacegeraldton . Thanks heaps to the local paper and ABC radio for getting behind my visit 🙂 Times for tonight show: Doors 8pm Set 1: 8.30pm - 9.15pm Set 2: 9.45pm - 10.45pm Tix via OZtix or grab them at the door My workshops run today 1pm-5pm & then again tomorrow 10am-2pm. Open to 12-25 year olds and they’re FREE. Come to one or both. ...

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Super excited to announce that I’ll be heading back to the UK in May 2020 to launch my new album Shakespeare Avenue in the country where it was made. This is the best UK tour I’ve had to date, some great venues. Tickets on sale at my Website (link in bio). See you soon(ish) UK 🙂 ...

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My new album Shakespeare Avenue is available now to stream or download ...

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My album launch tour kicks off today in at @the_river_pub_margs . 4pm -7pm, free entry & very kid friendly. I Then it’s Geraldton on Fri 11 Oct & Fremantle on Fri 25 Oct. I’ll have CDs available at all shows. Here we go! ...

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My new album SHAKESPEARE AVENUE is out now. Thanks so much to everyone who streamed, downloaded or ordered the album yesterday to help make it such a successful release day. To check out my 7th studio album please visit your favourite digital platform to listen or order physical CD from my website (link in bio). ...

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My new album SHAKESPEARE AVENUE is out today! Link in bio for mail order & downloads or just visit your favourite digital platform. Recorded in England, produced by Sean Lakeman. Thanks so move to @sethlakemannews And @kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman for helping make this record. Seth played violin, Kathryn sang backing vocals & Sean played a heap of stuff. I’ve also dropped a brand new clip for the 1st single “Avondale Heights To Sunshine” (thanks @gprojects & @vam_media) Full version on my YouTube channel. Hope you dig the album and clip. ...

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Excited now! My new album “Shakespeare Avenue” is out this Friday! Recorded in England it’s produced by Sean Lakeman & features @sethlakemannews + the sublime Kathryn Roberts. Touring Oz to launch it thru Oct / Nov. Europe & Uk next year 🙂 ...

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Shakespeare Avenue Album Launch Tour - Oct / Nov - Australia tix link in bio ...

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So pleased that my single “Avondale Heights To Sunshine” has come in at number 8 on the Amrap Community Radio Regional Charts! Thanks so much to all the stations playing the song. ...

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Super excited to be doing a workshop for headspace Mandurah on Tuesday 1 October. If you are a young person from Mandurah who’s keen to find out about songwriting book a spot at this Free workshop - all levels welcome. It’s a lot of fun too! Please spread the word. ...

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We’re here ! If you’re on Rottnest Island I’m doing a gig tonight at Gov’s Bar (best bar on the island) with these legends - dave johnson and Howie Johnstone. Kick off after the footy. Free entry. Go TIGES! ...

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Climate strike here come. 11am at Forrest Chase, Perth. Come on down! #globalclimatestrike ...

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A minute of my new single “Avondale Heights To Sunshine” live. For the full version check come to a gig on my Shakespeare Avenue Album Launch Tour this Oct / Nov. 6.10 @the_river_pub_margs / 11.10 @cutlerandsmith, Geraldton / 25.10 @theaardvarkbar, Freo / 14.11 Django@Camelot, Sydney / 15.11 Wheatsheaf, Adelaide / 16.11 @pipinghotchickenandburgergrill, Ocean Grove / 17.11 @northcotesocialclub, Melbourne (matinee) / 23.11 Republic Bar, Hobart / 24.11 @thejunkbar, Brisbane / 30.11 @westernportsanremo / 1.12 @phillipislandwinery Full single & tix via link in bio ...

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My new single “Avondale Heights To Sunshine” is out now. Here’s some background to the song. I’ll post a live version in another clip. The album Shakespeare Avenue is out Oct 4 & I’m touring Oz through Oct / Nov to launch it. Tickets on sale now (link in bio) 🎼 ...

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