Called ‘one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation’ by The New York Times, singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson talks to Peter Mann ahead of his Apex gig
Although born, raised and schooled in London, folk rock musician Teddy Thompson has spent the better part of his adult life on the other side of the Atlantic, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.
Son of the legendary folk rock duo Richard and Linda Thompson, it is safe to say music is in his genes – his parents were mainstays of the music scene throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties.
Releasing a self-titled debut album back in 2000, Teddy has continued in the same vein to achieve success in his own right.
Speaking of his life in America, Teddy said: “Once you’ve been somewhere a really long time, it does become home. I’ve been in America for over 25 years now, spent my whole adult life here, so everything I’ve done, really, has been here.
“I can’t say I’ve worked as hard as my parents did though, there was always a live band on in a club or somewhere back then, and my parents would play for hours on end.
“This generation, they don’t have that.”
Teddy’s sister Kamila is also a musician and is married to lead guitarist of The Pretenders, James Walbourne.
But Teddy was the first to follow in his parents’ footsteps. There were few comparisons to Richard and Linda, a fact Teddy believes has helped more than hindered his own progression.
“There’s been very little downside from that and, as brilliant and wonderful as my parents are, the fact that there’s been minimal comparison has been more of a bonus really,” he explained.
With a number of albums and EPs to his name, Teddy’s latest offering, Heartbreaker Please, was released in 2020 and now the musician is heading out on tour.
With 16 dates, it’s definitely something he’s looking forward to. Beginning in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the middle of January, he’ll travel around England (alongside a stop-off in Glasgow) until early February, before heading back Stateside and taking in a few more dates there throughout March.
“I’ve been back in England for Christmas with family, ahead of setting off on tour now the new year has begun,” smiled Teddy.
“I’ve actually recently had a few European dates when I was away with John Grant, but that’s the most I’ve done.
“Getting back out there performing again after a good time away, it was a bit scary really, but I’m glad I’ve been able to do things – for me, it was low-pressure, short sets, so went rather well.
“Releasing the last album though, that was definitely harder. . . but it has been for everybody really.
“We’re all doing the same thing and just making things up the best we can, but the album was fairly well-received and I liked it and I’m proud of it.”
Ahead of his appearance at The Apex on January 31, when Roseanne Reid, daughter of The Proclaimers’ Craig Reid will open for him, Teddy said: “It’s nice to be able to go out and perform in places I’ve not really played before.
“It’s a change from the norm. . . but I’m really happy for the work and to be able to do this, play music live again.”
Teddy Thompson, Monday, January 31, 7.30pm, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds Call 01284 758000 or visit theapex.co.uk