Festival coup for the county set ...

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Calderdale musician Graham Thompson hits the festival stage this August alongside big name artists including mod icon Bruce Foxton – former bass player with The Jam.

Graham, 23, who hails from Hebden Bridge and currently lives in Halifax, is the Yorkshire element of Tales of Two Counties – so called as it draws together talent from both sides of ‘the border’.

They are among the up-and-coming acts showcased at Summer Jam Music festival on Riverside Fields, Silsden, near Keighley over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Aug 22 – 24) held in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

They take the stage on Saturday (Aug 23) which is headlined by Sheffield indie band Reverend and the Makers. Sunday is mod-themed - headlined by Foxton with his eponymously named band From the Jam and featuring a Show & Shine scooter display.

Tom Hingley – ex glory days singer with Manchester indie band Inspiral Carpets - tops the bill on Friday while Sunday will also welcome Nick Harper – son of rock legend Roy – a popular act in Calderdale and a huge favourite at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

Tales of Two Counties - formed in 2013 by Graham (mandolin/lead vocals) and his old college friend Jayke Cox (guitar/vocals) - are described as folk/bluegrass with a country twang. They have toured with Jonn Gomm and the Keston Cobblers Club, playing venues like Manchester’s Deaf Institute as well as gigs in Halifax, Todmorden and Burnley.

As a session musician, Graham worked with US recording artist Joshua Radin on his album ‘Simple Times’. Burnley’s Joseph McManus (bass/double bass) and Daniel Loftus (drums/percussion) complete the TOTC line-up.

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