CELEBRATING 25 YEARS:   1991 - 2016

Copyright Otley Folk Festival 2016


Artists booked so far...

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Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival 16-18 Sep 2016


Du Temps Antan


Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music.

The Churchfitters


The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. These four dynamic personalities from England, Ireland and France present a fast-paced, infectious show full of fresh, original songwriting as well as rearranged songs and tunes from the British Isles, uniting the rhythms of rock, pop and jazz.


A folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

Vin Garbutt

Vin is a stalwart of Otley Folk Festival, performing here on numerous occasions. For those of you who have never seen him, where have you been?! Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.


“Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It’s a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health.” English Folk Dance & Song Society.

Les Barker


We couldn't have a 25th anniversary festival without Les Barker!

Les has performed at Otley many times, always to packed venues. Les writes strange poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two

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Granny's Attic


GRANNY’S ATTIC are a teenage folk trio from Worcester, England, with members Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, George Sansome and Lewis Wood. They play a range of English, Irish, and Scottish traditional music, as well as some of their own compositions. They formed in 2009, out of their shared passion for folk music and each plays a variety of instruments, with the main line-up being melodeon/concertina, guitar, and fiddle/mandolin.


“Great tunes, great arrangements, great energy, great stuff”!” Jon Boden, Bellowhead, BBC Folk Awards 2014.


“It’s great to know that the music is in such good hands!” John Kirkpatrick, “Carolling & Crumpets” 2011.

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is an award winning singer-songwriter from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument.

After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn’t looked back since! In 2013 it was announced that she had been nominated for the acclaimed “Folk Singer of the Year” at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, making Lucy one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for this most prestigious award.

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Also appearing...

Bayou Gumbo

Duncan McFarlane Band

Phil Langran Band

Dave Vermond

Stanley Accrington

Yan Tan Tether

Jon Palmer Band

Jon Palmer and Rachael Goodwin

Robin Garside

Zeke Deighton

The Twangles

Gerry Cooper



The Friendly Visit

Mike Wood



Copper Kettle


Anne Jackson

Jim Potter

Ian Hill

Monkey's Fist

Martin Heaton