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British folk-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Thompson is one of those artists whose fan base is so loyal they'd follow him in almost any venture - whether into a McDonald's to order 600 Quarter Pounders or on an excursion to invade Ukraine. It's justified; Thompson is simply an incredible artist (and, in a phone conversation a few years ago, a delightful and kind interview subject).
This explains why Thompson's show tonight at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center sold out almost immediately.
Most of the seat-holders know what to expect, but let's say you're a lucky tag-along or a date and have never seen Thompson before. This tour features Thompson in a solo acoustic guise - and he's going to do things on his guitar you frankly won't believe. His songs will also rip your heart out.
One more thing: his son, Teddy Thompson, appears in support. The offspring of famous musicians have a rough time of it, but Teddy Thompson is the real deal. Yes, his voice sounds like the Old Man, but he's a very fine songwriter.
- RICK KOSTER
8 tonight, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook; sold out;
(860) 510-0473, thekate.org.