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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Just 50 tickets left for my New Years Eve Request show at @merricreektavern MELBOURNE on Tues 31 Dec. Over 2 sets I'll play whatever songs of mine you want to hear (plus a few covers too if you like!). I'd say I'll probably be getting up on the bar too - it's New Year's after all! Tix selling fast via my website (link in bio) ...

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Just 50 tix left for my New Years Eve gig at @merricreektavern Melbourne. Grab yours now from the venue website - gonna be a heap of fun. It’s a request show so you pick the songs ! ...

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Thanks so much to everyone who listened to me on Spotify & all the other streaming services this year. And thanks to everyone who went old school & downloaded or bought a CD. Huge appreciation to you all! 🙂 ...

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Just announced: A Melbourne New Years Eve Request Show at @merricreektavern, Northcote. Lucy (@thetravellingviolin) & I will play a special 2 set show to welcome 2020 where the crowd choose the songs. Just write down what you wanna hear at the merch desk (even a cheeky cover) and we’ll play it! A vibing capacity of only 60 so grab tickets now at merricreektavern.com.au or my website (link in bio). Gonna be a great way to farewell 2019 ! 😀👍🕺💥🥂 ...

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Avondale Heights to Sunshine. Checking out the streets of sunshine with the kids. It’s awesome! ...

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Just announced: Geelong crew I am playing a Free Entry show this Sunday 8 Dec at @murphysgeelong. 5-8pm & once again completely FREE! ...

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Lev’s slotted straight into life as a Melbourne train peak hour commuter ...

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MELBOURNE & VICTORIAN crew - At this point I'm not booked for New Year's Eve, first time in a while. If you wanted to have a backyard or lounge party with your's truly playing please either post or send a private message. House concerts are always a heap of fun! Great way to bring in the New Year. I'll bring the PA system, lights and the turner and can even sell tickets if that's they way you prefer to to do it. Please spread the word if you can think of anyone who’d be keen 🙂 ...

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Heading Phillip Island way this weekend for 2 Shakespeare Avenue Album Launch shows>>>> Sat 30.11 - @westernportsanremo 9.30-12.30pm Sun 1.12 - @phillipislandwinery 2pm-5pm Both shows are Free Entry and will be a heap of fun, come on down! ...

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Just announced: I’m coming to Halls Gap on Friday 10 Jan - a duo show with Lucy on violin. Tix at Oztix And this weekend I’m at The Westernport Hotel in San Remo (sat) then the Phillip Islams Winery (sun arvo) - both show Free Entry Please spread the word ...

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An absolutely wonderful gig last in Brisbane thanks to everyone who came. Thanks also to everyone who came to a show on this tour. It’s been amazing! That was my last gig with Lucy for a bit but the tour continues this week: Sat 30.11 - Westernport-Hotel San Remo Sun 1.12 - Phillip Island Winery Then>>> Fri 14.12 - Marlo Hotel Sun 16.12 - The Shiraz Republic, Cornella With more shows to be announced soon 🙂 Thanks Vanessa Pike-Russell for the photo ...

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What an amazing intimate venue @thejunkbar, Brisbane. Gonna be ace! 3pm doors / set 1 3.30pm to 4.10pm / set 2 4.30pm - 5.10 pm ...

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HOBART coming at ya tonight! Lucy & I launch my new album SHAKESPEARE AVENUE at The Republic Bar tonight. We’re one 9.30 - 11.30pm (2 sets) then local legends Llama Pinyata close the night after-party style. Plenty of tickets on the door - come on down! ...

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HOBART & BRISBANE - Lucy & I are coming to play in your great towns this weekend: Saturday - The Republic Bar - Hobart (We onstage 9.30pm-11pm) Sunday (matinee) - Junk Bar - Brisbane (Show runs 3pm - 6pm) Just 6 tix left ! Hope to see you at a show, this tours been amazing! 🙂 🙂 🙂 visit my website for ticket links ...

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What an amazing gig yesterday at @northcotesocialclub - thanks so much to everyone who came out. Next up >> HOBART - SAT 23.11 at @republicbarcafe // BRISBANE - SUN 24.11 at @thejunkbar (just 6 tix left!). ...

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Back stage party at @northcotesocialclub. What a wonderful venue. Best rider I’ve had in a Long time ! 🙂 ...

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Playing times for today’s Melbourne matinee show at @northcotesocialclub Doors: 1pm Set 1: 1.30pm - 2.15pm Set 2: 2.45pm - 3.45pm Plenty of tickets at the door. Come on down MELBOURNE town ! ...

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