To all our readers…..
Thanks to everyone who has supported us in November by coming along to the Folk Club and/or the Barn Dance. We run these events on a shoestring budget and rely solely on your admission fees to bring talented “folkies” from a range of traditions to perform for you. We hope to see you at some of the events this Christmas and New Year period and if you know anyone who might also enjoy them, bring them along.
The December Barn Dance on Saturday December 17th brings the renowned Peeping Tom ceilidh band to Calderdale with dances called by Baz Parkes. Peeping Tom have been rocking dances with their high energy sets for over 40 years and are firm favourites on the folk festival circuit. Catch them on You Tube or view their Facebook page. Baz is a brilliant caller of excellent dances and I guarantee you will be roundly entertained by his dry humour and ironic “asides”. As usual the dance is at Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Road, Brighouse, (HX6 2AX) tickets are £9:00 (£8:00 concessions) and it starts at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday December 17th.
Our New Year’s Eve Dance is once again at Greenhead College, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield (HD1 4ES). Tickets must be obtained in advance either from Steve Harrison (contact details below) or at the December Barn Dance or Folk Club and cost £9:00 (£8:00 concessions). Bring your own food and drink as there won’t be any on sale at the venue. Dancing starts at 8:00 p.m. and finishes at about 12:15 a.m. Your caller will be Pete Coe and the band is the Black Box Big Band.
The next Folk Club is the R3S Christmas edition, which is on Wednesday December 21st at the Malthouse on Oldham Road, Rishworth (HX6 4QB) starting at 8:00 p.m.
As usual, the entertainment for our Christmas Folk Club will be provided by the folk club’s residents and regulars in a varied evening of seasonal and jocular songs, readings and sillinesses. In order to ensure a full and balanced programme for the evening, prospective contributors are asked to let Annie Dearman or Steve Harrison have the title and type (song, carol, story etc) of the contribution as soon as possible (contact details below). Steve, Annie and Chris Coe will produce a running order for the evening which will be distributed on the night. As usual, we ask performers not to introduce items so we can fit in as many as possible.
Contact details for Steve Harrison and Annie Dearman for New Year’s Barn Dance tickets or to offer a Christmas Folk Club “turn” are:
Phone: 01484 844055
Address: The Garth, Nields Road, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5HT, (to where you can send your cheques for the New Year’s Eve dance payable to Ryburn 3-Step).
An early reminder that Ryburn 3 Step’s anonymous band of actors , the Long Company, will be performing their atmospheric Mummers play on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th of January 2017 at pubs in Calderdale. The performances take place outside the pubs and last approximately 30 minutes (so wrap up warm!) The play is followed by a session inside the pub and contributions of poems, songs and tunes are welcome and should be either seasonal, amusing or novelty (or all three!) Videos of the play and further information can be found on the Mummers page of Ryburn 3 Step website.
Performances start at 8:00 p.m. at the following pubs:
Tuesday 3rd – The Navigation Inn, Sowerby Bridge HX6 3LF
Wednesday 4th – The Hinchliffe Arms, Cragg Vale HX7 5TA
Thursday 5th – The Alma Inn, Cottonstones HX6 4NS
Friday 6th – The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, HX6 4DF
We hope to see you over the festive season and send you best wishes for a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.