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Editors’ Notes

Though Linda Thompson is among the most respected vocalists in all of British folk music, that hasn’t stopped her from sharing the spotlight with as many people as she wants. Her first album in six years—Won’t Be Long Now, recorded in the U.K. and the U.S.—includes a guest appearance by ex-husband Richard on the opening track, “Love’s for Babies and Fools.” Her children, Teddy Thompson and Kami Thompson, appear as often as other folk heavyweights such as John Kilpatrick, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, and Carthy's daughter Eliza. Even more stunning, American violinist/mandolinist David Mansfield, cellist Garo Yelin, organist Glenn Patscha, banjoist Tony Trischka, Amy Helm, John Doyle, and singer/songwriter Sam Amidon fill out the ranks. Having worked past a rare vocal disorder, Thompson sings her co-write with Ron Sexsmith—“If I Were a Bluebird”—with an uncommon optimism that balances the melancholy of “Father Son Ballad,” “Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience," and “Never the Bride.” She still brings a cry to her voice that gives tragedy a compassionate friend.

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Born: 1948 in Hackney, London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Born Linda Pettifer, Linda Thompson, then known as Linda Peters, made an inauspicious debut as half of Paul & Linda in 1968. The duo, which included singer Paul McNeill, recorded two singles, the first being a cover of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for MGM in the U.K. In 1972, following a couple of years of session work, singing commercial jingles, and working the folk clubs around London, she teamed with friend Sandy Denny and other assorted members of the British folk-rock scene to record...
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