If you’re a music fan who is stuck for something to do over the August Bank Holiday then why not come to South Oxfordshire to see Billy Bragg play the Towersey Village Festival!
It is not many village festivals which can boast such a famous headline act but then lovely Towersey, located near Thame in the heart of Midsomer Murders-filming territory, isn’t any old village.
The village was part of Buckinghamshire until 1933 when it moved upmarket to join South Oxfordshire. Its village festival was founded in 1966 and resulted in the foundation of the Towersey Morris dancing ‘side’; a group which still performs at the folk festival to this day.
With all due respect to the village dancers, they seem certain to be overshadowed by Billy Bragg, the man who will open the 47th edition of the festival. The 53-year-old was born in Barking, Essex and briefly joined the army before embarking on a pop career which was to see him go on to work with the likes of REM, Johnny Marr and Kirsty MacColl.
It was the late and great MacColl who gave him a top ten hit with her cover version of A New England – her take on the song included an additional verse at the end; a verse Bragg retains when he performs the song as a tribute to her.
Like many great folk singers, Bragg is equally adept at singing political and love songs – his fine lyrical eye can give the most traditional song a pleasing twist.
The festival takes place from Thursday 25th August to Monday 29th August 2011; five days and four nights of great entertainment at a place boasting a great campsite!
Picture credit: Pete Dunwell
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