CELEBRATING 27 YEARS:   1991 - 2018

Copyright Otley Folk Festival 2018


Artists booked so far...

Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival 21-23 Sep 2018



Daphne's Flight


Helen Watson • Melanie Harrold • Julie Matthews • Chris While • Christine Collister


1995 and five friends found themselves at Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together ... magic happened and Daphne's Flight took off.


Now, two decades later, five of the best singer/songwriters of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful. Fresh from their Towersey Festival, we welcome them on Sunday.


Lucy Ward


Making a welcome return to Otley, 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, which anyone who has seen her would wholeheartedly agree with. Lucy will be appearing on Saturday.


Ashley Hutchings and his band: “The Origins of Fairport Convention”


Ashley is a legend in the Folk World. He was instrumental in helping to form FAIRPORT CONVENTION, STEELEYE SPAN and THE ALBION BAND. He still plays bass with The Rainbow Chasers and he hosts and plays in this show ‘The Origins of Fairport Convention’. He is globally recognised as ‘The Guvnor’ and testimonials and quotes abound.


“Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in English folk rock. Before that his group Fairport Convention recorded some of the best versions of my unreleased songs. Listen to the bass playing on Percy's Song to hear how great he is." Bob Dylan.


Come along for an evening of music & tales from one of folk music’s true legends on Friday.


Granny’s Attic


Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

They took Otley Folk Festival by storm last time they played and are guaranteed to wow you with their outstanding musicianship.


Steve Tilston


Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.


The writer of the classic songs The Slipjigs and Reels, Here’s to Tom Paine, The Naked Highwayman and the award-winning The Reckoning, Steve also a published author. Steve’s first novel All for Poor Jack is an historical tale set in Bristol and the New World, full of colourful characters. It’s a mighty good read and has been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan no less! With a career spanning 5 decades, Steve is a master of his craft. See him at Otley on Saturday.


Other artists for 2018 include Chris Sherburn-Denny Bartley & Emily Sanders (Sunday), John Watterson (Sunday), Gaelforce (Friday), Katie Spencer (Sunday), Carrie Martin (Saturday). Along with our wealth of local artists including Linda Hardcastle & Alan Rose, Stuart & Paula Tindall, Jon Palmer Band. The Heathen Kings, Duncan McFarlane, Dave Vermond, Peter Ivatts, The Hall Brothers, Yan Tan Tether, Limezcurvy, Gloria plus lots more