Otley Folk Festival 2021 - News


Well here we are, after the terrible year that we have endured, we have at last been able to put together a programme of events to mark the weekend of the Otley Folk Festival - September 17th - 19th 2021.


This years event will be a small affair, designed to keep the profile of the festival there and to give us something to build on for the future.

We have been unable to secure the Parish Church for this year but are confident that we will have it and other venues back for next year.

As a result of slimming the festival down, we will only be pre-selling tickets for the Courthouse gigs, these are...


Friday evening at the Courthouse, the fantastically talented Katie Spencer, one of the best guitar players on the circuit, a few years ago, she was spotted by bass player Danny Thompson who helped her launch her musical career. Other acts on this bill will include Duncan McFarlane and Anne Brivonese. Concert Ticket Price £14


Saturday evening at the Courthouse will be headlined by young folk superstars Granny's Attic, the trio will finish the evening and support acts will include PlumHall, Michelle Plum and Nick Hall with their largely self-penned repertoire also making a name for themselves. Concert Ticket Price £18


We will also be using the Black Horse Stables for afternoon concerts. Saturday afternoon with Dave Vermond Trio and Bayou Gumbo.

Sunday afternoon with The Hall Brothers, The Gerry McNeice Band and The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band

Tickets for the Courthouse concerts are available from our website or direct from Otley Courthouse. All of the Black Horse events will be 'pay on the door' between five and ten pounds.


We will be putting a regularly updated programme here on the website which will include any street entertainment, keep following us, see you in September!


*Please note that there will NOT be a festival campsite or office this year. There are several local campsites in the area.










2nd October 2020

Derek Haller

As last 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