THE Queens Hall, Burley in Wharfedale is the venue for an evening of contemporary and traditional folk music being held to raise funds to construct a footbridge over the River Wharfe in the village. Three accomplished and popular local groups have offered to perform at the event on Saturday (November 17) with music starting at 7.30pm. Rum Doodle are a folk roots acoustic duo from Leeds, comprising Martin Brennan and BB Tim. They mostly play their own original songs, with influences ranging from Christy Moore and the Dubliners to Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

Yan Tan Tether is a female close harmony folk trio from Otley consisting of Rosie Knighton, Tess Leslie and Lynne O’Malley. They have been singing together since September 2013 and have already built up an enviable reputation in the local folk clubs and festivals around Yorkshire. They play a host of instruments between them (piano, banjo, guitar, fiddle) but concentrate mostly on creating beautiful a capella arrangements of traditional and more modern folk songs. Their set will include numbers from their most recent album which will also be on sale on the night.

Duncan McFarlane performs classy English folk, eminently listenable vocals and great songs, both traditional and contemporary with a strong rhythmic impetus that’s infectious in the extreme. Duncan’s a punchy guitarist in the ‘English folk’ style and offers a set about equally split between his own songs, other people’s and traditional. He will be performing at the Queens Hall along with Anne Brivonesse on fiddle and vocals.

David Asher, Secretary of the Burley Bridge Association said : “We are delighted that three exceptionally talented local groups have generously offered to provide an evening of first class entertainment for us in Burley. It will be an evening to remember, so we hope as many people come and support the event as possible.”

A bar be provided on the night. Tickets cost £10 and are available from, from the Coffee Station in Burley in Wharfedale, or from Just Books in Otley. For more information about the bridge campaign, visit