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Summer Garden Party with Megson

Saturday 16th July 2022

Edge of Beyond, Barham

Gerry Colvin Band

Thursday 21st July 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Richard Thompson

Monday 25th July 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Cara Dillon

Friday 9th September 2022

Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Turin Brakes

Sunday 16th October 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Teddy Thompson, with Zak Hobbs

Thursday 16th June 2022

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start

Full Price £25
U25s £12



“Here’s the thing,” Teddy Thompson sings frankly on his new album, “you don’t love me anymore. I can tell you’ve got one foot out the door.” From its opening track Thompson’s new album Heartbreaker Please (out April 24 on Thirty Tigers) reckons with the breakdown of love with a wistful levity as satisfying as it is devastatingly honest. The album is drawn from the demise of a real-life relationship set against the backdrop of New York City, the place he has called home for the better part of two decades.

A member of the British musical dynasty first helmed by his legendary parents, Linda and Richard Thompson, he left London for the States at 18, settling in New York five years later. “I took a summer vacation that never ended,” he says. “In retrospect, I was trying to reinvent myself. It was easier to leave it all behind, go somewhere new and declare myself an artist. And you can actually reinvent yourself in America; step off the plane, say ‘my name is Teddy Thompson, I’m a musician!’.” Twenty years later, Heartbreaker Please finds Teddy Thompson perfectly himself, a commanding artist at the top of his craft.

“Who do I sound like? I think I sound like myself!,” Thompson says, “There’s a strong element of British folky in me, it’s in the blood, and I heard the wonderful music of my parents around me as a young child. Then there was the 1950’s American pop and country that I fell in love with, plus the 80’s pop music that was in the charts at the time.” From a young age, Sam Cook, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, and the Everly Brothers made up the bulk of his listening, along with select contemporary tunes heard on Top of The Pops. A-ha, Culture Club, Wham!“ As a teenager I couldn’t talk to my friends about 50’s rock n roll! I was not cool enough to be that different. I’d say Crowded House was the first contemporary band I really found that I liked, that was socially acceptable.” he says. “Today? I like to think my taste in music is catholic, I listen to whatever catches my ear, I don’t care about genre. There’s only two types of music, good and bad.”

“Teddy is finally back and he’s on top form.” - Americana UK 9/10

“Teddy Thompson has once again proved he is much more than the sum of his lineage.” - Folk Radio

“Without wishing to be cruel, how lucky we are that he’s so unlucky in love.” - Sunday Times Culture

“‘Heartbreaker Please’ has an unforced retro feel...Teddy’s voice is expressive and versatile, and the album is a very pleasing companion.” - The I 4*

We are also beyond thrilled that opening the show will be Zak Hobbs, grandson of Richard and Linda Thompson.  How lucky are we....!

Noted for his  “brainy guitar chops” and harnessing his family’s “unsparing world view” by The New York Times, singer-songwriter Zak Hobbs is a native Londoner who has also worked as a celebrated guitarist on both sides of the Atlantic; famously the grandson of singer-songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson, after growing up working with and around family and friends he embarked on a solo career of his own. 


Starting out heavily influenced by the folk music revival of the 60’s and into the songwriter movement that followed into the 70’s, his work has been noted to be “not unlike something…John Martyn might have spat out in the late 1960’s” by Uncut.  Later however, 50’s country, rock and roll as well as the roots music of the USA began to form a transatlantic style whilst maintaining his “British-accented Melancholy”.

- Date Added 07/06/2022