Mercury King at Towersey

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TOWERSEY Festival organisers have announced another big name for this year’s show after securing Mercury Prize nominee King Creosote.

King Creosote is Kenny Anderson, a well-respected singer/songwriter from Fife whose Diamond Mine album has been nominated for album of the year at the Mercury Awards.

He will be appearing as part of The Burns Unit, an eight-piece Scottish-Canadian supergroup which also includes Indie queen Emma Pollock from the highly acclaimed Delgados.

The Burns Unit,who recently appeared on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland, has been described as indie pop meets carnival rock and is set to fit in with the existing line up already announced.

Organiser Joe Heap said: “It is a great honour for Towersey to have Mercury nominees like King Creosote and legendary artists like Billy Bragg play this year.

“Interest has been huge and people can buy tickets for both those shows or for the whole weekend.

“We will always stay true to what makes Towersey special but have also looked to diversify a little to stay fresh.

“There will be comedy, poetry, and of course the staple of the festival: great music played in a real family atmosphere.”

Towersey, near Thame, celebrates its 47th year this August and Joe said: “The festival seems to get better every year. My Grandad was one of the founders of the festival and each one gets more exciting and diverse.

“People love the event, one couple are even coming for their honeymoon this year. It is always a good weekend and we hope this will be the best yet.”

The Burns United will play on Saturday August 27 with Bragg opening the Festival on Thursday, August 25.

Towersey has also announced that The Little Red Hen, presented by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company will be at the show for the younger children.

A chainsaw wielding chicken is the star of this fabulously updated traditional nursery tale created for children and their parents and running as part of this year’s Towersey Festival.

Featuring a pig with an iPod, a rat with a mobile phone and a lazy cow with a fake tan, the star is a hard-working red hen who wants to make her own bread but can’t get anyone to help her.

Cutting the corn is a particularly big task for such a small bird and she has to use a variety of amazing tools, including a pair of garden shears and a crazy puppet chainsaw to achieve her goal. The hugely loveable puppets are created and directed by puppet maestro Marc Parrett who has worked with Bristol Old Vic, Aardman Animations and The RSC.

The show will be on Sunday, August 28 at 3pm.