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After being graced with the honour of supporting Jools Holland in some of the finest venues in the country, Bishop Auckland songwriter RJ Thompson is crystallising the whole experience into a live album that is split between a full-band show in Dublin and a solo show at Sage Gateshead, released on 4th July.

A document of a certainly overwhelming milestone, the inspiration to commit it all to record was inspired by the rather prestigious company he kept during the whole tour: “Touring with Jools was an honour. He is essentially British music royalty. The best part of it though, truthfully, is that I got to share the experience with my mates, and I was given the opportunity to perform the songs I’d written in my bedroom, with my mates, on stage at venues like the Royal Albert Hall.”

The album makes for a phenomenal document of Thompson’s live sound, and serves as a definitive souvenir of a pivotal moment in the troubadour’s career. It’s clear that the honour of playing shows in so many amazing venues offered him the perfect opportunity to fine tune the songs to a phenomenal point. As for what’s next? “We are not finished…we keep working towards the next tour and the next set of songs.”


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