Nancy Covey

Jeff and Joey Thompson

Festival Tours International was started in 1982 by Nancy Covey. In those days Nancy was the Concert Director at McCabe's, a small music club in Los Angeles. Part of her job was to travel to music festivals to seek out musicians to play the club. Her first tours took on the same style as her own travels -- a style that continues to this day -- visiting musicians and getting to the heart of where the music comes from. Having a severe case of CTD (Compulsive Travel Disorder) Nancy combined her love and knowledge of music and friendships with musicians with her vast experience of travel and thus Festival Tours was born.

Nancy has gone on to produce concerts and festivals of her own. Married with children, she splits her time between Los Angeles and London.

Since these are very personalized trips Nancy always leads them. She will be joined on the Britain trip by Jeff and Joey Thompson who have worked with Nancy since the beginning of the tours -- first as tour members and soon after as official staff! They even got married on the tour in 1987 on the Isle of Skye (where Phil Cunningham wrote a tune in honor of the occasion). Pre-tour Joey takes care of alot of the correspondence and all of the paperwork, making sure your checks don't get lost (very important). When there was a printing business Jeff did all of our printing and now coordinates the design and print jobs as well. As tour roadie he fixes anything that breaks down on the road ("strong like bear"). He is also a good resource should you need a recommendation for the finest British ale (or whiskey) or if you just need someone to talk to.

Sue Griffith is our webpage graphics designer and Chuck Taggart, he of the fabulous Gumbo Pages, makes sure it all works!

But don't take our word for it... read the quotes below!

"Nancy's trips have a real spirit of exploration and adventure. She takes you to amazing places tourists never go. We made contacts and new friends and did so many things that you just couldn't do on your own..."
-- Musician Henry Kaiser

"A trip on Nancy Covey's musical excursions is to get INSIDE the culture your visiting. She knows all the local musicians, all the local chefs, and you get steeped in an insider's view that can't be had if you're a tourist. It's better to wander lost, than to follow a map made by tourists. With Nancy you get extremely interesting traveling companions, a very happy stomach, and the soundtrack is unique regional songs played live! I'm a musician, and I had a blast!"
-- John Densmore, percussionist.

"Everyone should go on one of Nancy's tours at least once in their lifetime!"
-- Sandy Miranda, KAWL 91.7 FM, San Francisco

"I never thought of myself as a 'tour' type person. I figured if you could put me in a half mile or so of Cropredy I would call us even. But in the end it was so much more than that. I had prepared myself for the musical experience but I hadn't expected meeting a group of people I felt an instant rapport with!"
-- John Collier

"We often felt favored and privileged guests. Joey and Jeff always seemed to be at the right place at the right time with the right attitude. It was easy to forget how hard you all must have been working to make things easy and fun for us."
-- Lynn Henderson

"You don't feel like you're on a tour. Your're invited into people's lives."
-- Linda Austin

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