New book will reveal the inside story of folk festival

Towersey Festival 2013
Towersey Festival 2013

A new book detailing the history of the Towersey Festival is being published.

Towersey Festival: 50 Years in the Making, written by Derek Schofield looks back at half a century of the music festival, charting how it spread from a one-day festival in 1965 to a five-day event that attracts over 10,000 visitors to the village.

The book includes more than 300 photographs, stories from festival-goers and interviews with people who have shaped the festival.

It begins with a brief history of the village, and as well as featuring newspaper reports and interviews it also profiles some of the artists and acts that have entertained audiences over the years including Pam Ayres, Eliza Carthy and Bellowhead.

Author Derek Schofield said: “I have been involved in folk music all my life and I have been going to the Towersey Festival for over twenty years.

“I am very interested in the history of the folk music movement and that was what inspired me to write the book.

“I gathered a lot of the material through sitting in Oxford History Centre reading old copies of the Thame Gazette, and also through looking at old folk magazines and publications.”

Derek said one of the most interesting things for him when writing the book, was finding out about the origins of the festival.

He said: “The festival actually started as a fundraising event for the old Towersey Village Hall because it was falling into a state of disrepair.

“It is incredible how it has grown from those beginnings into being a big event in the folk music calendar today.”

Derek’s book, published by Mrs Casey Music Ltd is set to be released on Wednesday, priced at £20. It will be available from