Thompsonia – Saturday, May 5, 2018

Please join us for a house concert with Thompsonia (Eric, Suzy and Allegra Thompson) on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. You can RSVP by entering the requested information below and we will get back to you with our address. You may also RSVP by email to linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or by phone to Tom at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks.

Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson’s deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra’s fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. Suzy and Allegra’s genetically-matched vocals (dubbed “The Everly Sisters sound” by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music for which Eric and Suzy have long been acclaimed, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana. Standouts from their new Thompsonia CD include Suzy’s acoustic rock anthem “Very Bad Mood” (guaranteed to have just the opposite effect on the listener), Allegra’s bawdy 1920’s “He May Be Your Dog But He’s Wearing My Collar,” Eric’s proto-zydeco “French Fries” and a lovely duet rendition of Hugh Moffatt’s “Rose of My Heart.”

Dave Alvin says: “Thompsonia sounds like Hazel and Alice had joined forces with Memphis Minnie and recorded with Sam Phillips at Sun Studio.”

Thompsonia features the genetically-matched vocals of Suzy and Allegra (Geoff Muldaur has dubbed this “The Everly Sisters sound”) with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar; guests include Bill Kirchen on sizzling electric guitar, Cindy Cashdollar on resonator slide guitar, Paul Knight (Peter Rowan Band) on bass, and Jody Stecher, who produced the CD, on a variety of stringed instruments.

About the members of Thompsonia: ​Eric and Suzy Thompson have performed and recorded in collaborations with David Grisman, David Nelson (New Riders), Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Michael Doucet, Del Rey, Dave Alvin and Joel Savoy, to name just a few, and their bands have included Any Old Time, Black Mountain Boys, California Cajun Orchestra, Blue Flame String Band and many others. Allegra Thompson is the bass player of choice for multiple Bay Area bands, including the Cajun band Midnite Ramblers and the bluegrass band Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood.

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