Brought to life in the summer of 2008 Ottersgear made it's first steps in Quernmore, Lancaster, on the tip of the Trough of Bowland, as a recording project by One Chip Potato frontman Mikey Kenney. The first EP (Rising Balloon) tells the tale of an alcoholic who, in need of rest, walks into the lonely company of the trough and overcomes his struggle with alcohol. using folk themes and mythological metaphors Ottersgear opens the listener's mind eye to the world Mikey has made for himself out on the moors. Ottersgear is now being performed as a live project with Mikey leading an ensemble of talented musicians, including Andrew Raven (Hows My Pop?), Dan Haywood (Dan Haywood's New Hawks), Mia Bleach (Dan Haywoood's New Hawks), Blind Simon Pilot (Three Dimensional Tanks) and Charley Weatherill.