Unfortunately, good as they are, Fairport have this unavoidable tendency to play songs that are inextricably associated with Richard Thompson in my mind, and hearing a cheerful bunch of musos doing them caused me some deep itching in my soul.
Tonight, I got to hear those songs the way they ought to be done.
And boy is Thompson one hell of a musician. Even when covering Britney Spears. When he does it, 'Oops I did it again' becomes ... oh, OK, it's never going to be great, but would you believe gutsy. It certainly had the audience in stitches, though I suspect he's done it before - knowing the words that well isn't something he would just happen upon.
The support, Jim Moray, wasn't bad - you can see he wants to be RT one day. The problem is, RT himself has had 40 years practice.
And the sound was a bit muddy to start with, even where we were sitting (a yard from the sound desk), but it cleared up fairly quickly.
Nice to see sion_a and j4, too.