Celebrating its 55th year, the brilliant Towersey Festival returns to Thame Showground over Bank Holiday weekend From Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August.
This year’s Towersey promises another excellent mix of leading folk/ roots artists, big bands and solo performers, as well as workshops, storytellers, street theatre, and masses of activities for younger visitors.
Kicking off on Friday, there’s appearances from Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, whose hits include the enduring Make Me Smile and Here Comes The Sun, the acclaimed Unthanks, and shanty heroes Fishermen’s Friends (whose rise to fame as inspired a hit movie).
Saturday’s line-up sees troubadour Newton Faulkner alongside From the Jam (featuring The Jam’s original bassist Bruce Foxton), and award-winning Welsh/ Seneglese duo Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, while on Sunday the main stage welcomes original 2-Tone ska legends The Selecter, Ireland’s Hothouse Flowers and Seth Lakeman.
Finally on Monday, there’s the return of the always entertaining Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, the 50-plus Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, and an afternoon concert honouring the life of singer Roy Bailey with tributes from Tom Robinson, Martin Simpson and special guests. With over 100 acts, plus specially selected real ales and street food vendors, drop-in activities for all ages, craft stalls, lantern parade, dedicated ceilidh/ dance tent, and much more, Towersey is the perfect summer festival.
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