September 17th - 19th 2021

Programme 2021

Friday 17 September 7.30pm Otley Courthouse -
John Palmer, Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese * Katie Spencer (Tickets from Otley Courthouse £14)

Saturday 18 September 1.30pm Black Horse Stables -

4.30pm Black Horse function Room:

7.30pm Otley Courthouse -
(Tickets from Otley Courthouse £18)

Sunday 19 September 1.30pm Black Horse Stables -


This programme will be updated and added to on a regular basis


At Otley Courthouse - Concert Ticket Price £14

Katie Spencer

Katie Spencer is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Yorkshire who writes songs imbued with the Northern landscapes of her home. Originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, the grainy imagery of the industrial docks and sea-fronts seep into her deeply personal songs of nostalgia, loss and love.

The release of her debut album Weather Beaten (2019) made it clear to the world that the music is a sound of her own, and a sound that speaks of the present. Voices from the press praised the LP for its unique song-craft and spell-binding musicianship, as she brought together fans of music from all backgrounds and all walks of life.

This inclusivity found in her recorded works is most apparent when on stage, with a personal connection and humour that allows the listener time to appreciate the emotion of the music. Her historical gig list is extensive, taking in the world-renowned Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festival, whilst performances with Danny Thompson and Ted McKenna have left audiences in awe of her confidence and craftsmanship.

Duncan McFarlane and Anne Brivonese

Duncan and Anne are well known to Otley Festival and make a very welcome return. Duncan writes and sings original, poignant songs as well as revisiting traditional material. He is ably joined by Anne on fiddle.

‘If you don’t know him and you get a chance to go and see him ‘live’, then do go and see him because he’s absolutely terrific  whether he’s doing his acoustic set, or doing the folk-rock set with his full band, he’s a favourite at festivals all over England and beyond.’ – Mike Harding

‘Duncan has an obvious feel for the tradition and a deep-rooted belief that it has a place in the current folk scene. His own songs show a canny grasp of, and response to, the tradition. To the already full sound of Duncan’s own tremendous guitar playing, Anne contributes excellent, sympathetic yet punchy fiddle. The Living Tradition


At Otley Courthouse - Concert Ticket Price £18

Granny’s Attic

Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Anglo Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Violin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. They are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Since 2009 they have toured across the UK and Europe and been heralded for their lively performances, and delivery and selection of traditional songs.

“Their high-octane take on English folk has brought a whole new audience to the genre.” – The Irish Times

“High quality folk songs” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“Great tunes, great energy, great arrangements, great stuff!” – Jon Boden

“Traditional folk music taken far beyond its parameters” – Tykes News


Plumhall’s reputation has seen them appear in – and write an original song for – the recent film ‘The Runaways’, and saw them invited onto the stage at the London Palladium to sing with the legendary Al Stewart.

As session musicians, Michelle and Nick have toured all over the world (Michelle with Chumbawamba and the European arena-filling Chris Norman Band; Nick with Magna Carta and The Hall Brothers). They have used these experiences to create a stunning live show. This show is the springboard for their songs, which boast “articulate, penetrating lyrics, captivating melodies, and irresistible choruses” (R&R Magazine).

With their new album, ‘The Ghost Of Noise’ (released in lockdown) the duo has expanded the boundaries of their sound, with eerily prescient songs that truly chime with the moment in their popular online performances. Do not miss this opportunity to see the band in their natural habitat.

“Michelle’s voice is crystal clear and assured.” – Folk London Magazine

“Plumhall bring elements of folk, pop and Americana to their sound; yet remain truly unique with an attitude and style that is very much their own. With stunning live arrangements of their own songs, plus some will-chosen covers, Michelle and Nick blend their voices and guitars beautifully, to create a atmosphere that is as inviting as it is compelling. Their musicianship and lyricism are a killer double-punch! Just see them … you won’t regret it.” – MEWL Music

“The heavens open and talent pours out.” – FATEA Magazine

“Feisty song-writers [with] exquisite harmonies and outstanding musicianship.” – Yorkshire Evening Post

“A hidden gem.” – The Guardian

We will also be using the Black Horse Stables for afternoon concerts.

Saturday afternoon with Dave Vermond Trio and Bayou Gumbo.

Sunday afternoon with Phil Snell, The Hall Brothers, The Ale Marys and The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band

Tickets for the Courthouse concerts will be available direct from Otley Courthouse. All of the Black Horse events will be 'pay on the door' between five and ten pounds.

*Please note that there will NOT be a festival campsite or office this year. There are several local campsites in the area.