Graham hits the stage at Summer Jam

Bruce Foxton of From The Jam
Bruce Foxton of From The Jam

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 - where is is still a regular at the Fox and Goose - 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 (August 22–24) held in aid of 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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