Upbeat Otley Folk Festival a big hit

Upbeat Otley Folk Festival a big hit

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman peform at Otley Folk Festival

Musicians entertain on the streets at Otley Folk Festival

A tradiotnal woman Morris dancer at Otley Folk Festival

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Ilkley/Otley Reporter

About 80 acts performed at 12 different venues in Otley as the organisers of the town's folk festival tried to build on the success of recent years.

One of the event organisers, Steve Fairholme, said tickets had sold well for the event, which began on Thursday and attracted music fans from across the country.

Artists included the acclaimed Belshazzar's Feast, award winning singer-songwriter Lucy Ward, along with Nat Morven, The Phil Langran Band and Lime Scurvy.

Many of the fans camped at Knoford Nook, on the edge of town. Mr Fairholme said: “It’s been really good. The weather has been a big boost. We’ve probably had more people staying out on the campsite than ever before. Tickets have gone well and overall it’s been successful.”

A variety of venues, including Otley Courthouse, Korks Winer Bar, the Methodist Church Hall and the town’s cricket and rugby clubs, hosted the events, which also included Morris dancing, a ceilidh and musical workshops.

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