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Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson, a founding member of the British folk-rock group Fairport Convention, left that band in 1971 for a career that in many ways fulfilled Fairport's goal: to link Celtic folk music to rock. Thompson’s gallows-humored, fatalistic songs, whose outlook owes something to his Sufi-Muslim religion, are steeped in the jigs and reels and marches of British folk music, although they are often played on electric instruments.

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