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 21 September


£23 adults

£20 concessions

£12 children aged 11-15

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. 


Sunday 23 September



John Watterson and his ‘Fake Thackray’ show 


John Watterson has been a fan of Jake Thackray since he first saw him in 1975. When Jake died in 2003, John decided to preserve his memory and his songs and so ‘Fake Thackray’ was conceived. John has toured extensively with his Tribute to Jake Thackray show and last year he toured with Fairport Convention bringing Jakes songs to a whole new audience.

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


Otley Courthouse is a unique development run by people in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.

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