October means music month in Otley

After the success of last month’s Folk Festival, the bands play on in Otley this October. 

Upstairs at the Labour Rooms Live will be hosting legendary Otley musician Phil Snell on Saturday October 19. Phil will be playing alongside Gerry McNeive and Wilson McGladdery at the gig where all profits go to the musicians themselves. 

Later in the month, Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow (pictured) will be taking to the stage at popular café Bloomfield Square on October 24. The Australian duo, who are based in Germany, are known for their touring, performing more than 140 gigs a year. They play an inventive mix of styles, including Celtic rock, folk, metal and jazz, while Tim is a great storyteller, so it promises to be a great show. 

The Otley Folk Club is now back in its usual spot at the Black Horse following a stint at Otta’s Leah. The club meets for gigs every Wednesday and the programme alternates between Singers Night and gigs with named bands. Appearing this month are: The Churchlifters (tomorrow), the Phil Cockerham Trio (16th) and Les Barker (30th).

There are also a number of concerts at the Courthouse this month, and one that stands out is Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton on Sunday, October 6. 

In 1967, Iain Matthews was recruited as lead vocalist for folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention before embarking on a hugely successful and prolific career as both a solo artist and in the groups Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong. His memoir Thro’ My Eyes was written in collaboration with author, broadcaster and storyteller Ian Clayton and the pair will be performing live together with a mixture of stories and song. Enjoy!

Full details of these and other concerts can be found in our events guide here.