A TRADITIONAL Irish band with an international following will take the stage at Otley Courthouse this month.

The London Lasses have been delighting audiences for the past 17 years while playing at prestigious events and venues including Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury and the Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam.

The band plays a wealth of traditional material from all over Ireland including songs, in Irish and English, plus Irish dance tunes ranging from the ancient to the freshly composed.

They will be joined by Leeds pianist/ guitarist and Irish Arts Foundation Director Chris O’Malley when they perform at Otley Courthouse on Saturday, June 30.

The Lasses line-up includes Karen Ryan on fiddle, mandola, banjo and whistle, Elaine Conwell on fiddle, Elma McElligott on flute, saxophone, whistle, and backing vocals, Brogan McAuliffe on concertina, and Brona McVittie on vocals and harp.

The group celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2010 with the release of their fourth album, By Night and By Day, with Pete Quinn and in 2015 released their fifth album, The One I Loved the Best, with Chris O’Malley and Brogan McAuliffe added to the line-up.

They performed the first ever BBC Proms ceilidh at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008 and supported Irish legends The Chieftains on their 50th anniversary tour.

Tickets for the Otley show, which starts at 8pm, cost £12.50 and can be booked by visiting www.otleycourthouse.org.uk, calling (01943) 467466 or popping into the Courthouse, on Courthouse Street.