Otley Folk Festival

Otley Courthouse is excited to once again be a part of this year’s Otley Folk Festival.  The Courthouse will be hosting a number of events across the festival with real ale and food stalls also available.


Friday 15 September



An evening with Concertina specialist Steve Turner and The Hut People

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and plays mandolin and banjo.  Steve’s 5th album, his first for 22 years “The Whirligig of Time” was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008.   Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.  Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well.


Saturday 16 September



Family Ceilidh with Les Panards Dansant



Come and join us for our annual ceilidh which this year is being hosted by French Dance supremos Les Panards Dansant.  Expect to be dancing to music that is a combination of French and Breton traditional music with a driving rhythm and enthusiasm that makes it hard to stay in your seat.  Our main objective is for everyone to have fun.  Everyone is welcome to come along and just turn up and dance.


Saturday 16 September



Kenny Spiers

Kenny Spiers sings Scottish folk songs, but the songs of recent years. With accompaniment from guitars, piano, accordion and whistles he soothes his way through such well-loved tracks as Norlan’ Wind, Loch Tay Boat Song, Vinnie Den. Newer songs by Kieran Halpin and by Kenny himself also feature in his highly accomplished performance.


Sunday 17 September



JOKERMAN by Michael Wood

‘Jokerman’ is a hybrid musical, docu-drama, satirical comedy with actors and musicians.  Bob Dylan/’Jokerman’ is on trial for crimes against music. He has often courted controversy and you will hear both sides of the argument, for and against.  “You’re right from your side, I’m right from mine”.  (One too many mornings, 1964).  Given that Dylan has written nearly 400 songs, there won’t be room for all of them, but there will be a wide selection of old and new Dylan material. (Yes, he’s still got it! – Or has he?)  So, is the Nobel Prize-winner a genius beat poet who rides the cultural zeitgeist or an inauthentic protest ‘rhymster’ with the worst voice in the world?  You, the Jury, will decide!  Be there.


 Sunday 17 September



Dave Vermond and The Phil Langran Band

Two of Otley Folk Festival’s most popular singer-songwriters, Phil Langran and Dave Vermond, will be appearing at the Courthouse during this year’s folk festival.  Phil Langran, whose band has become one of the Festival’s regular highlights in recent years, will be performing a rare solo gig, while Dave Vermond, one of Wharfedale’s best known singers and writers, will be sharing the bill.  Phil Langran’s songs are beautifully crafted, full of melody, emotional warmth and wry humour. His onstage wit and spontaneity will be ably matched by Otley’s own Dave Vermond. As a dynamic performer with a host of wide-ranging songs, Dave never gives less than his best. Phil and Dave first met in 1959, at the same village school in Essex, and met again by chance in Leeds in 1987. Since then both talented artists have made Otley a regular venue and we are thrilled that they can join us at the Courthouse this year.


All tickets for these events can be bought from either the Otley Courthouse box office, or the Otley Folk Festival website.


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