Duo strike the perfect balance

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones ANL-160420-144330001
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones ANL-160420-144330001
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Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones are appearing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on May 5 as part of their first national tour together.

The duo first sang together in 2011 and on their debut album, Little Windows, offered engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart with ‘seamless, high-lonesome harmonies that would do the Everly Brothers proud’ (Mother Jones).

Their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall.

Thompson has been called ‘one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation’ by The New York Times, and ‘one of the best living hopes for contemporary music’ by Popmatters.

The son of folk singer-songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson, he played in his father’s band as a youngster, before emigrating to New York, to embark on a career of his own.

Rather than continuing down the pure folk route, Teddy has taken influence from such artists as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and the Everly Brothers and has now released five albums

Country music also had a big influence on his melodic and brooding songwriting: “I was obsessed with country music when I was a kid, and it’s definitely had a huge influence on the way I write songs.

“I was always attracted to songs that had a brilliant pun or a clever turn of phrase, but came from a dark, bitter place.”

He has contributed to many other works, including duet ‘King of the Road’ with Rufus Wainwright, from the soundtrack to the Golden Globe and Bafta-winning film Brokeback Mountain.

He has also collaborated on projects with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Jenni Muldaur, and others.

For thickets to the show call 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk.