Folk Concert of the Week: Richard Thompson + Robert Ellis, various venues


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Richard Thompson's new album, Electric, was recorded almost live in the producer Buddy Miller's Nashville house, and it swings in a way he's not swung before, hitting a driving, funky groove – Thompson himself has hailed it as the first in a new folk-funk genre.

A stand-out release in an outstanding 30-year solo career, it should get a thrilling outing on his tour with a power trio featuring the drummer Michael Jerome and the bassist Taras Prodaniuk.

St David's Hall, Cardiff (029 2087 8444; Wed; Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121 780 3333; Thur; Brighton Dome (01273 709709; Fri