OTLEY’S refurbished Black Horse will be one of the venues at this year’s Folk Festival.

The 2019 celebration of all things Folk takes place from Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22.

Dozens of artists are set to play at at locations - including Otley Labour Rooms, Woolpack Music Studios, Otley Courthouse, the Parish Church and the Methodist Church Hall - across town.

There will also be ‘a host’ of pub sessions.

The festival organisers are particularly pleased to have the revitalised Black Horse, which had closed earlier this year, back at the heart of things.

Giving an update on their website, they said: “Fortunately, the Black Horse Hotel has been bought and refurbished by Brudenell Social Club and Kirkstall Brewery.

“They have done a fantastic job and are looking forward to welcoming the festival.”

Referring to the opening night, they added: “Friday, September 20 will consist of a concert at the newly refurbished Black Horse, a concert at the Labour Rooms and a concert at the Courthouse with Chris Newman and Máire Ni Chathasaig, with support from Kitty MacFarlane.

“Malcolm and Zeke will also be running a folk club event at the Woolpack.”

The Friday night show at the Black Horse, from 7.45pm, will include performances by Dave Vermond, Plumhall and the Duncan McFarlane Band.

The Woolpack, meanwhile, will see in the festival’s opening night with a folk club featuring Malcolm Devereux and Zeke Deighton, plus another performance - from 9.30pm - by Kitty MacFarlane.

And the Labour Rooms’ Friday night line-up will consist of Phil Snell, the Phil Langran Trio and Plumhall.

The musical fun will continue on Saturday, September 21 September with an afternoon concert at the Black Horse along with daytime acoustic performances at the Woolpack Music Studios, street entertainment, workshops and singarounds.

In the evening there will be a concert at the Parish Church featuring Phil Beer, Flossie Malavialle and Bill Jones, along with shows at the Labour Rooms and the Black Horse.

The Methodist Hall, meanwhile, will host an American Square Dance Hoedown.

Several events will bring the festival to a close on Sunday, September 22, including performances of ‘sea song’s at Ottah’s Leah, by Robin Garside, Malcolm Devereux, Zeke Deighton and Monkeys Fist, from noon.

For full programme information and details on tickets - some events are pay-on-the door but multi-show deals are available with certain pre-booked tickets - visit www.otleyfolkfestival.com.