Niamh Boadle entranced our audience last night at the Malt House with beautiful singing, virtuoso guitar and bodhran accompaniments, and wonderful tunes on the fiddle.
Niamh performed traditional songs such as “Young Hunting”, “Maid on the Shore”, and “Creggan White Hare” (with a wonderful bodhran accompaniment), and recently composed songs such as “The Only Life Gloria Knows” (Anthony John Clarke), “I’m a Fading Day by Day”(a combination of traditional with modern by Elizabeth Smith), plus two of her own compositions “Bill’s Missed the Last Boat Back” (about her grandfather’s experiences in WW2) and “Red Dust Road” remembering a road trip in Australia). I was impressed with the way she moved her voice to lift her songs. In between the songs she played some beautiful tunes on the fiddle, including a haunting set of “Dear Irish Boy”, “Waterman”, and a “Shetland Reel”.
Thanks to the Niamh, the Pit Band and the Residents for a wonderful evening.
Next month at the R3S Folk Club – Johnny Handle and Chris Hendry.
But before then:
Ryburn Longsword presents a’ Village Barn Dance‘ at the Victoria Hall in Ripponden on March 11th.
More information HERE.
Tickets from Steve and Pauline Jones (01422 823099).
In the afternoon before the Dance there will be a Family Barn Dance from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
Entrance for children is £3:00 (they must be accompanied by a responsible adult for whom admission is free). All proceeds will go to the Ripponden J&I School PTFA funds. Tickets from Ripponden J&I School PTFA or from Steve and Pauline Jones (01422 823099).
The next R3S Barn Dance at Waring Green Community Centre is on 18 March with the Black Box Band, and caller Pete Coe. The glittering testimonials on www.theblackboxband.co.uk confirm that punters at their gigs love to dance to them, so come along and join the fun!
Some other activities…..
Workshops – Our first workshop in 2017 will be an introductory session for the Ryburn Ukelele Band on 2 April, 1.00 – 2.30 p.m. at 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden. More Information…
Longsword – The Ryburn Longsword programme in 2017 is HERE. (More events and occasions will be listed when they are confirmed.)
If you are interested in joining the side, please contact Pauline Jones on 01422 823099. Practices are on Wednesday nights in Ripponden, and dancers of all ages are welcome.
Singing Group – The Ryburn 3 Step Singing Group is led by Chris Coe, and meets for songs and a rattling good time every Thursday evening at 8:00, at 103 Oldham Road in Ripponden. These sessions are open to singers of all abilities and the Group occasionally performs (for example at the Folk Club and Mummers sessions). If you fancy coming along to join the singing, or would just like to find out more about the group and its activities, please contact Chris Coe on 01422 822413.