I just saw Richard Thompson last night and I’m still blown away. I don’t think there’s a better guitarist on the planet.
Now to stir up some mischief. Here are some comments from a Richard Thompson interview:
"The problem I always had with the Pogues was that the last thing
Irish music needed at that point was the notion of the falling-down-drunk Irishman, especially after (the music) had gained huge respect during the decade of the 70s. It had been taken away from the Music Hall stereotype a bit. Planxty, the Chieftains, the Bothy Band, all those artists gave it such incredible, fantastic momentum.
"In theory, though, I thought the Pogues were great. Just what was needed was a punk-folk mix (to help introduce the tradition to a new generation in a viable way), and Shane MacGowan is a very talented writer. But he wanted to be Brendan Behan and drink himself to death."
OK, I’ll stand back now and watch the sparks!