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We are proud to introduce our exciting Artist Development Programme, which will be the focus of the Friends charity for the coming years.

The Programme has been designed specifically to encourage a new generation of artists, with year-round support offered to those handpicked to be part of the Programme .

These promising artists will be supported through training days, structured workshops, specialist masterclasses and one-to-one sessions allowing them to develop their creative skills, gain vital knowledge, and learn from experienced music industry experts.

They will also be provided with financial assistance and opportunities to gain experience performing live at Towersey Festival.

Our current fundraising project is the production of a unique album.  Roy Bailey Remembered.  A celebration of Roy Bailey’s music and life.   This stunning recording of the live concert we staged in 2019 features Tom Robinson, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, The Wilson Family, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, John Kirkpatrick, Boff Whalley (Chumbabwamba) and many more.

See our Bandcamp page for more on this project. 

The Friends of Towersey is a Registered Charity (No 299636) and runs independently from the Festival. Vital funding for this programme will come from the Festival itself, arts grants, and from projects such as the Roy Bailey album Crowdfunder. 

The first recipients of this programme were acclaimed guitarist Billy Watman; songwriter and 2016 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney; and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, who was shortlisted for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018.


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