Otley Folk Festival is set to return this weekend


The annual event is back, from Friday September 17 to Sunday September 19, for what will be the 29th festival.

Last year’s festival had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic but organizers say they are “delighted” to be able to bring it back this year.

Although smaller than usual, with fewer venues involved, the festival still promises music fans “the opportunity to enjoy live music as well as Morris dancing and beer”.

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Hull singer-songwriter and guitarist Katie Spencer is headlining at the courthouse on Saturday for the 2021 Otley Folk Festival. Image: Tom Arran

The venues involved this year are Otley Courthouse, the Black Horse Pub and the Old Cock Pub.

Singer / songwriter and guitarist Katie Spencer will headline the Courthouse on Friday night, along with other performers including Duncan McFarlane and Jon Palmer.

On Saturday evening, at the courthouse, Granny’s Attic, nominated for the Radio 2 Folk Award, will be accompanied by Plumhall and Yan Tan Tether.

The Black Horse Pub – co-owned and managed by Kirkstall Brewery and the Brudenell Social Club – will host afternoon and evening concerts over the weekend.

The afternoons will feature bands such as the Dave Vermond Trio on Saturday and the Hall Brothers on Sunday.

Folklore clubs are held in the hall upstairs of the venue in the evening.

The Old Cock will also host a free session starting at 11:30 am on Saturday.

Steve Fairholme, Otley Folk Festival organizer said: “We are delighted to be back and to be able to host the Otley Folk Festival this year.

“We’ve carefully kept things back this year, but it’s great to have star performers of the caliber of Katie Spencer and Granny’s Attic, as well as some great local artists.

“We hope people will support the concerts at Otley Courthouse, Black Sheep and Old Cock, while enjoying the pubs and dancing.

“We are looking forward to a great weekend and then a full size Otley Folk Festival next year.”

Tickets for the courthouse concerts will be available from the Otley courthouse and all Black Horse events will be paid for at the door.

The festival office will be at the Labor Club as usual with all up to date information available from there over the weekend.

The Festival has two “hotline” mobile phone numbers: 07494 977349 and 07949 303714.

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