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Get dancing with Phoenix and Baz Parkes – Saturday 21 October

Phoenix Dance Band

As Autumn gets into gear why not get your dancing shoes into gear too?  Our Barn Dance season continues on Saturday October 21st at Waring Green Community Centre, Brighouse HD6 2AX, with the Phoenix Dance Band and caller Baz Parkes.

The Phoenix Dance Band collectively have decades of experience in playing music for dancing and Baz Parkes, with his wry, deprecating style is simply one of the best dance callers around.

Admission is £9:00 (£8:00 for concessions) and dancing starts at 8:00 p.m. Click HERE for full information.


Next up after the Barn Dance will be the Folk Club on 25 October when the guests are Alan Rose and Lynda Hardcastle.

Lynda Hardcastle & Alan Rose. Photo: Andy Day

Alan and Lynda are well established singers from Keighley whose repertoire includes traditional & contemporary songs with guitar & harmonies. They perform all over the UK and we are delighted to welcome them to the R3S Club for the first time as guests. Click HERE for full information…..


The ukulele group will meet on Sunday November 5th at 12:00 and welcomes experienced players along with beginners. The workshop will be lead by Si Barnes and takes place in 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden, HX6 4EB. Contact Pete Coe on 01422 822569 for more details.


We hope you’ve had a chance to admire the display in the Ripponden Parish Council Office at 107 Halifax Road. Thanks to Chris Coe and Sue Coe for putting it together.

REVIEW – Ripponden Village Dance 29 September 2017

The Ryburn 3 Step dance programme got under way on Friday September 29th with a Village Dance at the Victoria Hall in Ripponden. Some years ago, Ryburn 3 Step ran monthly dances in the Central Hall which were well-attended and fondly remembered by many in the village. A dance at the Ripponden Victoria Hall in March this year, organised by Ryburn Longsword,  was successful and justified setting up a couple more dances; this one on 20 September and another on December 9th. We hope you will come along and join us there.

The band was a trio of young musicians sporting the name “Posthumous Curtain” which comprised James Tween on melodeon, Michael Beeke on English bagpipes, recorder and tuba, and Alice Jones on piano and whistle. The caller was Pauline Jones who helped to organise the event. Pauline called a variety of dances with different configurations (lines, squares, circles) and varying levels of difficulty. One or two dances seemed to cause collective issues of numeracy and orientation; for example in Lucky Seven the instruction to chain past six dancers and swing the seventh was interpreted in a variety of ways and mild chaos ensued. However, on the whole, the good people of Ripponden displayed sufficient dancing prowess to complete most of the dances as called and all credit to them for that.

Ripponden Village Dance Sep 2017. Photo: Steve Jones

The organisers had hoped that the dance would appeal to a range of ages and abilities and, to their delight, there were family groups with young children, groups of friends, couples and people who came on their own. Pauline stressed that the English Country Dance etiquette was relaxed and that it was OK for would-be dancers without a partner to ask any of those sitting out to dance. Equally, if, after being asked, the request is declined, that is OK too and should not be taken as personal rejection.

A full dance floor and bright smiles of enjoyment indicated that a good time was being had by one and all and the most common reaction of those leaving was to say how much they had enjoyed themselves and to ask when will the next dance be held.

The next Ripponden Village Dance is on Saturday December 9th in the Victoria Hall and it starts at 7:30 p.m. The band will be members of Offcuts (the Ryburn Longsword band) and the caller will be John Brown from Sheffield. Tea and coffee will again be available along with a selection of cakes baked by Ryburn Longsword dancers, and the bar will be open from about 7:00 p.m.

Steve Jones

Johnny Adams – EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 Award

Congratulations to Johnny Adams on his award of the EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 for his services to Folk Music.

All us folk at Ryburn 3 Step are delighted that Johnny Adams has been awarded the EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 for his services to Folk Music.  Johnny was one of the founder members of Ryburn 3 Step and has worked tirelessly to support and develop the music, dance and song associated with all our activities: the Long Company Mummers, the sessions, the dances, the workshops, the folk club, and as the ever-reliable Musician when the going gets tough. He set up and looks after the R3S website and social media output, has been the voice of R3S on local radio, and has recorded much R3S activity, ensuring a rich archive for future enthusiasts.

Alistair Anderson, Chair of the EFDSS Board, said “All of this year’s recipients have played important roles in their individual fields. They have helped to inspire, to support and to inform generations of folk artists and fans, making significant contributions to the continuing strength and vitality of traditional English folk arts. We are delighted to recognize them with these prestigious awards.” (EFDSS website)

Johnny Adams – EFDSS Gold Badge Award 2017

As a highly regarded musician, performer, recording artist, and producer of some fifty years standing, and with many successful collaborations to his name, not the least of which are with his good lady Chris Coe, Johnny has represented Ryburn 3 Step in the national and international arena. He co-founded (with Chris Partington) the Village Music Project, which researches 18th and 19th century dance music, he coordinates the support group for the archive of the folklorist and collector Doc Rowe, and was director of the Paul Graney Archive of recordings made in the North-West of England between the 1950s and the 1980s which is now housed at Manchester Central Library.

From 1998 to 2008 he was on the National Council of EFDSS, during which time he worked to formalise the Society’s web presence, including instituting the first online shop.