Otley Folk Festival 2021 - News

Otley Folk Festival 17-19 September 2021

With the recent government announcement suggesting that we may be able to get back to some sort of reality by the end of the summer, we are cautiously optimistic that we may be able to host our annual folk festival.

We will plan a series of concerts and sessions plus street entertainment to suit the regulations at the time whatever they may be. It is difficult to know what the social distancing rules will be so details will be put on our website as and when they are confirmed. We will also confirm our artists rosta on the website, for now though, pencil in the date... 17-19 September 2021.

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