Otley Folk Festival 2020 - News


July 26th 2020
Well, we put it off for as long as possible but I  am sure it will come as no surprise to you that we have had to make the decision to cancel this years Otley Folk Festival. This may not mean that we will not mark the occasion in some way. Nearer the time, as rules change, we might be able to have some musical fun outside with some of our local artists. At present, there is a maximum group size of thirty and singing in front of an audience is not allowed. All we can say is keep an eye on our website and let us look forward to a better 2021. Next years Otley Folk Festival will be on 17-19 September.

2nd October 2020

Derek Haller

As this year stumbled along and we were hoping that it would not get any worse, we got the very sad news that Derek Haller, one of the founders of the Otley Folk Festival, passed away after fighting cancer.

Derek was a great supporter of the Otley Fok Club and, over thirty years ago suggested that we have a meeting to see if we could organise a folk festival. Of course we did that and the festival has become a feature of the Otley Year. He had a great love of traditional folk music and sea songs were one of his musics of choice.

He will be greatly missed, we all wish his family well and we will continue to honour his memory.

Derek (2nd from right), with (from left) Steve, Gerry and Snozz