Teddy Thompson confirmed as support act for Rufus Wainwright at The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin this July 2012!
Music Scene is delighted to reveal that the extremely talented Teddy Thompson has been confirmed as the main support act for Rufus Wainwright when he returns to Irish shores this Summer to perform live at The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Wednesday the 18th of July 2012. Click here to buy tickets for Rufus Wainwright plus special guest Teddy Thompson live at The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on July 18th 2012.
Coming from a family of folk-musicians, Teddy Thompson has naturally drawn influences from folk-music into his own musical sound. While still a teenager he was listening exclusively to American music such as Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly. Teddy Thompson also later stated that these artists are some of his main musical influences when he first started to write songs (quotation needed). Later when he grew up he began to listen more to contemporary pop music such as Crowded House, and his own musical style today is a mix of folk, country, rock and pop music. As he says himself:
“. . country music was the music I was brought up on. It’s the music that’s closest to my heart and the music that speaks to me the most, and it’s always been a big influence on my own song writing. I was obsessed with country music when I was a kid, and it’s definitely had a huge influence on the way I write songs. I was always attracted to songs that had a brilliant pun or a clever turn of phrase, but came from a dark, bitter place. As a writer, I’ve always gravitated towards that feeling.’’
Teddy Thompson‘s songs are often characterized by their personal and observational style and common use of black humor, such as “Turning the Gun On Myself” and “The Things I Do“. He is also known for his ability of writing both personal and wry lyrics with a very melodic style, with such songs like “What’s This?!!” and “In My Arms”. As a lyricist, he has often been compared to his father, but has developed his own unique writing style. Teddy Thompson is also said to have a knack of catching the exact state of mind into his songs, like in “Everybody Move It” and “Slippery Slope”.
Teddy Thompson has said that “Everybody Move It” was inspired and partly based on personal experience with going out to clubs as a teenager, often ending up in a corner watching everybody else having all the fun. Recurring themes in Teddy Thompson‘s music are love, loss, the look at fame (“You Made It”, “Shine So Bright”), popular culture (“A Piece of What You Need”), and regarding much of his earlier work, self-loathing.
While on his first two albums written songs only in a first-person perspective, Teddy Thompson has also explored writing songs in the third person, most notably in “Jonathan’s Book“.
Teddy Thompson‘s most recent studio album Bella was released in 2011 and received raving reviews from critics in the UK and US complimenting a solid follow up to 2008’s A Piece Of What You Need. Bella contains all original songs which Teddy Thompson started working on after returning from his last tour. Critics also note that this is Thompson’s most personal record to date which yet again shows off his talent as a vocalist and craftsman of both deeply personal and hummable pop tunes.
Don’t miss the amazing Teddy Thompson supporting Rufus Wainwright live at The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on July 18th 2012.
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