Festival will welcome ‘best since Dylan and Hendrix’

The Willows performing at last year's festival
The Willows performing at last year's festival

The ‘finest rock songwriter since Bob Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Jimi Hendrix’ is coming to the 50th Towersey Festival.

Folksinger Richard Thompson was described as such by the LA Times and with less than four months until the five-day event, the excitement is growing.

Thompson, who found fame as co-founder of Fairport Convention, wrote songs for The Corrs, REM and Elvis Costello.

Celebrated tribute act The Bootleg Beatles and Mercury Prize-nominated violinist Seth Lakeman join Thompson as some of the standout acts.

Also on the bill are experimental three-piece folk act Lau who have won the Best Band title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards four times since 2008.

Festival Director Joe Heap, whose grandfather was one of the festival founders in the 1960s, said tickets for its golden jubilee are selling fast.

He said: “The annual event has grown considerably since those early days.

“But it remains one of the most welcoming and friendly festivals in the UK.

“We’re looking forward to marking 50 years with some very special guests and announcements, and also welcoming friends both old and new.”

The Towersey Festival, which also includes performances of poetry, comedy, circus acts and theatre, takes place between August 21-25.

It has raised more than £250,000 for local charities, trusts and organisations in the last decade.

Thame and Towersey residents can secure a discounted rate for the festival by simply confirming their post code over the phone on 01629827016.

For more information, visit www.towerseyfestival.com or call 02380711818.