Welcome to Otley Folk Festival 2019

This year, our venue shortage reached critical proportions. In February, the Black Horse closed and the Methodist Hall was rumoured to be on the market. Fortunately, the Black Horse has been bought and re-furbished by Brudenell Social Club and Kirkstall Brewery. They have done a fantastic job and are looking forward to welcoming the Folk Festival.

This year the venues consist of The Labour Rooms, The Woolpack Music Studios, The Courthouse, The Black Horse, The Parish Church and The Methodist Hall.


Friday 20 September will consist of a concert at the newly re-furbished Black Horse Hotel, a concert at the Labour Club and a concert at the  Courthouse with Chris Newman & Mairead Ni Chathasaig with support from Kitty MacFarlane. Also Malcolm and Zeke will be running a folk club event at The Woolpack Music Studios.

Pre-booked tickets are available for the Courthouse event (£20), all other events are pay-on-the-door between £5-£10.


Saturday 21 September has an afternoon concert at the Black Horse plus  street entertainment, workshops and singarounds. In the evening there is a concert at the Parish Church with Phil Beer, Flossie Malavialle and Bill Jones. Also an American Square Dance Hoedown Sponsored by the Yorkshire Federation of the British Association of American Square Dance Clubs in Association with White Rose Squares at the Methodist Hall.

There will also be a concert in The Labour Club and the Black Horse. There will be acoustic events at The Woolpack Music Studios all day.


Pre-booked tickets are available for the Parish Church concert (£25) or a full day ticket for Saturday (gets you in to everything £40)


Sunday 22 September…Sea Songs at The Woolpack Music Studios plus an afternoon acoustic concert, An afternoon concert at the Black Horse with lots of our favourite local bands. All of these events will be pay-on-the-door (£5-£10)


All this plus a whole host of pub sessions