Richard John Thompson (born 3 April 1949 in Notting Hill, west London) is a British songwriter, guitar player and recording and performing musician. Highly regarded for his guitar techniques, Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991.Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Artists who have recorded Thompson's compositions include such diverse talents as Robert Plant, Del McCoury, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, David Gilmour, Mary Black, Elvis Costello, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, Maria McKee, Shawn Colvin, Norma Waterson, Maura O'Connell, Los Lobos, John Doe, Greg Brown, Christy Moore, Bob Mould, Loudon Wainwright III, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Richard Thompson made his debut as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. He continues to write and record new material and performs live frequently throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.