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

Warming up to Amy Mullins on @uncommonsense3rrr tune in at 10am Melbourne crew. I’ll be playing some tunes and chatting about Shakespeare Avenue ...

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What an amazing weekend at @bendigoblues . On the Friday I got to sit side stage and watch the truly brilliant John Butler @johnbutlertrio do a solo show. Incredible guitar playing, wonderful songs and a very impressive present, honest and in the moment delivery (pretty hard to do it front of 1000+ people). I loved it. Then Saturday night the family and I all got to sit side stage again to watch The Waifs at another sold out show at the same venue. It has been too long since I’d seen them, forgotten what a fantastic band they are! Again amazing songs & honest, unpretentious delivery. Incredible musicians and sisters Donna Simpson & Vicki Thorn singing in harmony - wow! That is something so beautiful, wondrous and special! If you can’t half tell it was a great music weekend. Then to top it off my own gigs were great and at the last one LEV decided he was going to join me on vocals for a song , with microphone and all! Zadie jumped up too after that! And the brilliant Andrew Fry @andypokkits backed me on bass! The tour continues this week hitting Sydney, Adelaide, Ocean Grove & Melbourne. On the subject of kids if you wanna bring yours to the Melbourne matinee show at the Northcote Social Club you are most welcome. They are free. Venue can’t advertise it but it’s A O K. PM if you have any queries Sorry for the long post but it was a good weekend and I had a lot to say 🙂 Thanks again to everyone at Bendigo Blues for having us ...

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@bendigoblues festival here I come. I play the @ulumbarra Theatre foyer tonight at 7pm, before my good friend and world conquering super star @johnbutlertrio (special solo show). Then Tomorrow > So looking forward to playing Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival this weekend. Here are my playing times: - Rosalind Park Concert 12pm - Old Boundary Hotel 3pm - GPO Stage 10.45pm Hope to see you there. So many amazing acts at this festival. Gonna be a great weekend!! 🙂 ...

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We are officially terrible at changing time zones. 3rd night in Melbourne 11.40pm - Lev just getting started on his stop motion video and Zadie wrapping something. 2nd wind .... hitting ! ...

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Melbourne here we come! So looking forward to these East Coast shows, kicking off next weekend at the Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival 🙂 ...

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See you soon East Coast. Only 10 tix left for Brissie & 50 for Ocean Grove. Link in bio for tix. ...

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A shot from the FREO show. @thetravellingviolin (Lucy) & I had a ball. Thanks to everyone for coming & thanks to @amnplify + Pete Gardner for the photo. Next up The East Coast. A heads up to Brisbane crew - The @thejunkbar gig on SUN 24 NOV has only 12 tix left. Grab yours soon 🙂 🙂 🙂 ...

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What an amazing backyard house concert in Perth last night, Lucy & I are in the groove now big-time - so looking forward to bringing this show East. BRISBANE crew, a heads up - there’s only 15 tickets left to @thejunkbar on SUN 24 NOV. Grab yours now if you’re keen to come 🙂 ...

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The wonderful Lucy Fisher @thetravellingviolin is helping me launch my new album Shakespeare Avenue around OZ. Here’s song from it “Unless We Go Now”. This is gonna be a great tour. We play>> 25.10 @theaardvarkbar Fremantle / 14.11 Django at Camelot, Sydney / 15.11 @thewheaty Adelaide / 16.11 @pipinghotchickenandburgergrill Ocean Grove / 17.11 @northcotesocialclub / 23.11 @republicbarcafe Hobart / 24.11 @thejunkbar Brisbane. Tix via link in bio ...

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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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