A report by Alice Peat, Cream Tees viola player
On Friday 28th August, a minibus packed with excited members of Cream Tees, instruments, and camping equipment set off on the long journey down to Thame in Oxfordshire, to Towersey festival.
After arriving and setting up, Cream Tees explored the festival with its many stalls and performing venues. We performed about five or six times when at Towersey, in both rain and sunshine!
The passing audience stopped to listen to the traditional tunes from Teesdale. We played different sets for the audience but favourites included tunes from Rooted: A Teesdale suite such as The Teesdale Rambler.
When not performing, we were often watching fantastic musicians play all around the festival. Many of us were lucky enough to see the amazing Bellowhead, which the viola section of Cream Tees particularly enjoyed. Another performance which was not to be missed was by The Rachel Hamer Band. Featuring our tutors from this year, Grace Smith and Sam Partridge, it was an inspiration (and a treat!) for us all to listen to their music.
We enjoyed visiting the many different stalls at the festival, and before long some of us were sporting flower crowns and henna tattoos (which were a good way to avoid doing the washing up on Saturday night!). After tea, some of us went to watch some fantastic concerts at Venue 65, which included Show of Hands, Stornoway, and Joan Armatrading; as well as this, we also made good use of the festival dance house and danced at the ceilidh well into the night, although we weren’t convinced to have a go at line dancing.
The rain didn’t get anyone’s spirits down, and I’m sure that we all had a really enjoyable weekend! Huge thanks to Rupert, Jill, Rhonda, Mike, Milly, and of course Neil for making it so enjoyable and fun!