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People flock to Otley for right song and dance
The 2013 Otley Folk Festival has been declared a rousing success that has returned the annual event to its former glory.
The town resounded to three days of footstomping fiddles, mournful mandolins and artful a cappellas from last Friday to Sunday.
As usual local artists like The Otley Ukelele Orchestra and The Duncan McFarlane Band played alongside bands and singers who had travelled from across the UK to take part.
And the thousands of fans who came to see them perform in pubs, sports clubs and other venues across town were also treated to some late summer/early autumn sunshine.
Festival organiser Steve Fairholme said: “We were really busy and did really well, with lots of people attending and some great weather, which always helps.
“We had a few relative newcomers taking part who went down well, including NE3 Folk, from Newcastle, who were highly praised and 4Square, from Manchester, were brilliant.
“Robb Johnson, a political singer-songwriter from London, was really good too and everyone who took part really stepped up to the mark, with O’Hooley & Tidow probably the highlight of Saturday night.
“All the different venues worked really well too, and we’re very pleased it was so well attended and back to its former gory.”
MP Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West) was among the revellers. He said: “The 22nd Otley Folk Festival was an excellent one, with great music and dancing and a fantastic atmosphere.
“The festival is such an important local event and a real boost to the local economy, as well as being a great celebration of folk culture.
“Congratulations and a big thank you must go to Steve Fairholme and the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to stage the festival, it is greatly appreciated by festival-goers and local people alike.”
As always, some fans chose to camp out for the weekend which included sets by dozens of acts at venues that included the Labour Club, Methodist Hall, and Otley Cricket and Rugby Clubs.