Towersey Festival celebrates its 50th festival year having launched the first in 1965. Today they announced that Richard Thompson will be performing at Towersey for the very first time. A cornerstone of British music since the 1960s, guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson found fame as co-founder of Fairport Convention. His songs have been recorded by such acts as REM and Elvis Costello with The LA Times describing him as “the finest rock songwriter after [Bob] Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix.” He received an OBE in 2011.
Richard Thompson Electric Trio – White Room (Cream)
Joining Richard in the festival line-up are some other great names including Seth Lakeman whose sixth studio album, Word Of Mouth comes out in February. Also performing are Lau, Michael McColdrick and John McCusker, Dick Gaughan, Georgia Ruth, John Smith, The Urban Folk Quartet, Blair Dunlop, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker and many more.
75 Years of Topic Records
Another big event this year is 75 Years of Topic Records – featuring Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy with The Gift Band and very special guests. Hosted by Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy and The Gift Band, the concert will celebrate Topic’s impressive catalogue which includes some of the classic folk music of all time, recorded by the likes of Martin Carthy, The Waterson family, June Tabor, John Tams, Dick Gaughan, Nic Jones, Anne Briggs, Brass Monkey, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Simpson, Eliza Carthy, The Copper Family, Shirley Collins, Ewan MacColl, A.L. Lloyd and many more.
The festival runs from 21 – 25 August 2014
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