Aug
22
Wed
Summer Schools @ Otley Courthouse
Aug 22 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Performance Drama School return for a week long Summer School, a collaboration of music and dance techniques, ending the week with a show

For Children aged 4-14

 

 

 

Aug
23
Thu
Summer Schools @ Otley Courthouse
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Performance Drama School return for a week long Summer School, a collaboration of music and dance techniques, ending the week with a show

For Children aged 4-14

 

 

 

Aug
24
Fri
Summer Schools @ Otley Courthouse
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Performance Drama School return for a week long Summer School, a collaboration of music and dance techniques, ending the week with a show

For Children aged 4-14

 

 

 

Sep
15
Sat
Chantel McGregor: Acoustic @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chantel McGregor: Acoustic @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

The Blues came calling first, but rock was always waiting around the corner. Well it would be, wouldn’t it? Coming from the deep south, it was inevitable, but living in the deep south of Bradford, there’s a gritty hard edge to life! A female guitar prodigy, Chantel was told by a major label that she had a “great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that!” Wisely ignoring their comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark at BTEC, with 18 distinctions.

After years of touring and festival appearances, Chantel returned with a vengeance with ten new songs that not only salutes contemporary rock, but shows her gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder, bigger and bolder rock sound.

Come along and support one of our most talented local artists, for a night of acoustic blues music from one of the UK’s rising stars.

Sep
21
Fri
Otley Folk Festival @ Many and various in Otley
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day

Welcome to Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival 2018

The 27th Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival is on track to deliver another great weekend from 15thy to 17th September with concerts, dances, workshops sessions and street entertainment on offer, there will be something for everybody

Our campsite will remain at the field opposite Stephen Smiths Garden Centre, a short stroll into town and will be open from Friday afternoon until Monday morning.

 Tickets are on sale now and an adult weekend ticket is £ at present. The prices will go up in August.

As usual we are asking if anyone fancies helping out in any way, whether it be stewarding, managing or

even just answering the telephone, please contact us by email at… otleyff@hotmail.com

 

This years artists include…

TBA

plus a host of loyal and local artists and more big names to be added

 

Otley Folk Festival: Ashley Hutchings & his band @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Otley Folk Festival: Ashley Hutchings & his band @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

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.

Sep
23
Sun
Otley Folk Festival: John Watterson & his “Fake Thackray” show @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Otley Folk Festival: John Watterson & his "Fake Thackray" show @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

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.

Sep
28
Fri
A Fistful of Spookies @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Fistful of Spookies @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Sensational stylings of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys, a stirring of brand newies and thousand year old Georgian songs, guaranteed to woo, charm, cheer & delight. A Fistful of Spookies (UK) were abandoned to their own appliances when festival hits The Spooky Men’s Chorale retreated to Australia after sold-out 2015 & 2017 tours. This rambunctious collection of UK Spooks keep alive the flame of Spookiness in Britain. Magnificent fun!

With Michael Carlyon, Adrian Mealing, Philip Read, Chris Samuel, James Sills & Dom Stichbury

‘in a different league’ Clare, Fire in the Mountain

‘They came. They sang. They conquered.’ Chapel Arts, Chapel-en-le-Frith

‘heart-hugging harmonies’ Welshampton Parish Hall

‘a wonderful evening of music and mirth’ Bolton Socialist Club

‘Such a tonic to the soul and the senses!’ Victoria Hall, Settle

‘a fun-sized version of The Spooky Men’s Chorale’ Mark Radcliffe, 6 Music

Sep
29
Sat
Andante: Blowin’ In the Wind @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Andante: Blowin' In the Wind @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Join us as we take you back to the era of PEACE, PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big yellow Taxi’, ‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ and many more. Andante Live presents “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Combining the vocal harmonies of Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, 16 instruments between them and outstanding musicianship, they perform an uplifting and inspiring show to give you a fabulous evening of unforgettable music. When Dylan, Baez and friends sang their songs of peace, protest & love, “times certainly were a- changin’.”

Oct
6
Sat
Blair Dunlop: Notes from an island @ Otley Courthouse
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Blair Dunlop: Notes from an island @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

“With every record I am getting closer to what I want to achieve and I think this is comfortably my best album to date.”

From the start, Blair Dunlop’s albums have enjoyed critical acclaim, with each one expanding his musical horizons, his audience and his prodigious songwriting gifts. Now, with the release of his fourth album, Notes From An Island, it is obvious that he remains consumed by the urge to make music.

From a man still in his mid-20s, whose debut album, Blight & Blossom, won the coveted Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, whose 2010 debut EP is now a collectors item and who was declared the vital bridge between Brit folk’s first and latest flowerings by Q magazine, these are strong sentiments indeed.

Featuring close collaborations with Ed Harcourt, Dave Burn and Gita Langley, plus his long term band mates Fred Claridge and Jacob Stoney, Notes From An Island sees the singer, songwriter and guitarist more than living up to that previous promise.

‘Blair is a true artist in his prime, as is wholly evident on this beautiful record – Ed Harcourt (Producer)

[Dunlop’s]…epic songwriting instincts prevail on a personal-political fourth album. Thoughtful break-up songs mirror British cultural isolationism outside – MOJO

Jack Carty will be providing support.