THOMPSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS 2008

December 28, 2008 – 4:27 am

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Thompson Family Christmas 2008 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, December 17, 2008. Very good FM broadcast.

On this historic concert, the British Guardian newspaper reported: “A family moment - that happens every 30 years or so…” announced Teddy Thompson, as his dad, mum, sister and nephew joined him for a suitably emotional treatment of that great country weepie, Blue Christmas. This was indeed an historic gathering, for his father is Richard Thompson and his mother is Linda - the British folk-rock scene’s favourite duo, before they separated in 1982. Now they were back on stage together in an ambitious Christmas revue in aid of Amnesty International.”

But a more touching moment must be at the end of Cutty Wren when the show’s host, Teddy, says, “Thanks… Dad…” before introducing “Richard Thompson, ladies and gentlemen” which brought a round of laughter and applause from the audience.

In an interview, Linda was asked: “What’s the Thompson family Christmas like offstage?” To which she replied [tongue firmly in the cheek no doubt]: “Well we just sort of tolerate each other! It’s such an absurd notion, isn’t it, that you’re thrown together for this huge meal once a year. We’ll play Scrabble - so rock’n'roll - and then everyone will get out of there as quickly a possible. You can feel the love, can’t you!”

Listening to the show, one feels the goodwill (it’s also a charity event, mind you) and Teddy does a decent job moving things along. While the acts aren’t your current pop idols, the fact that it’s the Thompson Family together already makes this a worthwhile affair and being what it is, fans would find their own favourite moments - Teddy Thompson’s reggae-tinged Christmas is a lark; sister Kamila’s Last Christmas is sure to stir up some memories; Jenni Muldaur’s Christmas Will Be Just Another Day has a nice Phil Spector touch and there is a Blue Christmas which Elvis would probably even approve.

As many music writers have noted, they should make this an annual affair.

Unfortunately only part of the show was broadcast.

Thanks to leex100 for sharing this historic event on the Dime site.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Track 01. Intro
Track 02. Silent Night - Teddy Thompson and Kathryn Williams
Track 03. Purple Snowflakes - Kamila Thompson with BV’s
Track 04. Christmas Time Is Here - Ed Harcourt
Track 05. New Depression - Justin Bond
Track 06. Albert’s Ashes - Brendan Campbell
Track 07. Christmas - Teddy Thompson
Track 08. Bright Morning Stars - Kathryn Williams
Track 09. Last Christmas - Kamila Thompson
Track 10. Let’s Not Fight This Christmas - Chris Difford
Track 11. Cutty Wren - Richard Thompson
Track 12. Tar Barrel in Dale - Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
Track 13. Moonshine - Bert Jansch
Track 14. Christmas Will Be Just Another Day - Jenni Muldaur and BV’s
Track 15. Blue Christmas - Thompsons

Teddy Thompson has released the single, Christmas (featuring Linda, Richard and Kamila Thompson), on iTunes. A portion of the sales will go to Amnesty International. Click here to order the track.

  1. 7 Responses to “THOMPSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS 2008”

  2. I may be being a complete wingnut, but I’m missing what “BV’s” means. Of course, I figure it probably should read “BVs,” as it’s likely not a possessive form, but ’tis the Season, so I’ll let it go . . .;)

    considering the family relations . . .

    “Bitter Venom,” perhaps? :P

    “Beyond Valium?”

    Anyway, Thanks again, and this, regardless of any familial turmoil, was quite a performance, and I’m thrilled that like so many other former couples Richard & Linda did this. True Christmas Spirit.

    By Society's Pliers on Dec 30, 2008

  3. Okay, I found, in another thread on another site, after WAY more googling than I usually am willing to do:

    http://www.talkawhile.co.uk/yabbse/index.php?topic=29488.30

    Re: A Thompson Family Christ.mas - SouthBank Centre

    « Reply #43 on: December 18, 2008, 11:42:40 AM »
    OK, I’ll probably be kicking myself when I hear the answer, but i have to ask: what are “BVs”?
    Logged
    Bob
    Drew’s Room: http://www.myspace.com/drewpotenti
    As stated by davidmjs: “I love music”
    Chris

    Re: A Thompson Family Christ.mas - SouthBank Centre
    « Reply #44 on: December 18, 2008, 11:45:06 AM »
    Backing Vocals….

    SO . . . backing vocals, huh?

    *smacks self upside the head*

    By Society's Pliers on Dec 30, 2008

  4. Damn it. I posted, but it didn’t seem to take.

    IU found, after googling WAY more than I usually am willing to do, an enlightening discourse here:

    http://www.talkawhile.co.uk/yabbse/index.php?topic=29488.30

    (I’ll try dividing up this comment and maybe it’ll work)

    By Society's Pliers on Dec 30, 2008

  5. Here’s what I read:

    Re: A Thompson Family Christ.mas - SouthBank Centre
    « Reply #43 on: December 18, 2008, 11:42:40 AM »
    OK, I’ll probably be kicking myself when I hear the answer, but i have to ask: what are “BVs”?
    Logged
    Bob
    Drew’s Room: http://www.myspace.com/drewpotenti
    As stated by davidmjs: “I love music”
    Chris

    Re: A Thompson Family Christ.mas - SouthBank Centre
    « Reply #44 on: December 18, 2008, 11:45:06 AM »
    Backing Vocals….

    SO . . . ‘backing vocals’

    D’oh

    *slaps self upside the head*

    By Society's Pliers on Dec 30, 2008

  6. Happy new year 2009, everyone!

    I’m about to listen to the Thompson Family’s tracks. What a discovery!

    Thanks again and all the best to everyone!

    Serge ZENI.

    By Serge ZENI on Jan 2, 2009

  7. Thanks very much for this gem!

    By UrKenny on Dec 17, 2010

  8. Got this 3 yrs ago…still relevant, even more so. Especially ironic Teddy’s “Christmas”. One pertinent line to remember the poor. Im trying to get by on $231 a month without qualifying for government assistance and trying to hold off losing my home. Too young for social security but too dang old and ill to get hired.

    By 3yrsnojob on Dec 13, 2011

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