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What’s up next in the Merry Month of May…

Ryburn Longsword on Spaw Sunday 2017 Photo: Andy Day

Barn Dances:
The 2016-17 Ryburn 3 Step dance season finished in April and the 2017-8 season resumes on October 21st with caller Baz Parkes and music from The Phoenix Dance Band.

In the meantime, Ryburn regular, Dave Webster will be running a dance with Ryburn’s very own Black Box Band (featuring caller Sue Coe) on May 20th, in Waring Green Community Centre, Brighouse HD6 2AX. Entrance is free but you are encouraged to make a contribution to Dave’s designated charity. Turn up at 8pm ready to dance and donate.

Folk Club:
The R3S Folk Club takes place on the last Wednesday of the month in the upstairs room at the Malt House, 270 Oldham Road, Rishworth HX6 4QB, starting at 8 pm.

On 31 May our guest is Reg Meuross, a fine singer / songwriter who started his musical career in the 1980s with the Panic Brothers. “Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.” More information….

Admission charge £9:00 (£8:00 concessions)

House Concert:
Don’t forget that here will be one of our occasional house concerts on Friday 26th May at 7pm at 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden HX6 4EB, featuring dance duo Mazpod and multi-instrumentalist Laurence Marshall.
Mazpod are Marianne Tuckman and Phoebe Ophelia Douthwaite, a young female dance duo finding innovative ways of telling stories using traditional folk media and dance theatre. They will be presenting two pieces: “Mad Meg” and “Grett”.

Places are limited, please contact Sue Coe on 01422 822569 or mail petecoe@backshift.demon.co.uk to reserve a place

 

Ryburn 3 Step Annual General Meeting:
The behind-the-scenes work of organising the Ryburn 3 Step events is undertaken by a team of 11 people, five of whom are officers, ably assisted by six co-optees. The officers are chosen from nominations submitted to the annual general meeting.

The Ryburn 3 Step Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Thursday June 15th at 7:30 in our Ripponden base (103 Oldham Road, Ripponden HX6 4EB). An open invitation is extended to all attendees at Ryburn 3 Step events to come to the AGM, learn about all our activities and meet us.  Please get in touch with Sue Coe on 01422 822569 or by email at petecoe@backshift.demon.co.

If you wish to nominate someone to the post of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary or Funding Officer please complete the form  below and post it to the Secretary, Liz Cryer, at the address indicated on it to arrive no later than Monday June 12th.

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Alternatively, you can email a scan of the completed form to petecoe@backshift.demon.co

Pete Coe – The man in the red van CD launch

Pete Coe’s new CD ‘The man in the red van’ was launched at our regular folk club venue, the Malt House at Rishworth. Members of the Black Box Band (a few others) opened the proceedings with 20 minutes of lively dance music and then there were floor spots for some visiting performers including Alan Rose & Lynda Hardcastle, other members of the famous Bacca Pipes folk club ‘wall of sound’, and several other musical colleagues from Pete’s past. Ryburn Longsword squeezed in for a dance.

Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald
Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

Then it was time for Pete’s set of selected items from the new CD; Vic Gammon’s ‘Ash and Alder’; ‘Banks of Red Roses’; Terry Conway’s ‘Walls of Troy’ (with Liz Conway on mountain dulcimer); and the wonderful version of ‘Spanish Ladies’ assembled from the singing of the late Al O’Donnell and verses donated by Mary O’Connor.

Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald
Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

After supper and more guest performances the evening ended in the only way possible – Pete singing his emotional ‘Rolling down the Ryburn’.

You can order a copy of ‘The man in the red van’ HERE….

Rosie Stewart at the R3S Folk Club – Review

The guest at the Ryburn 3-Step Folk Club on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at The Malt House, Rishworth was Rosie Stewart.

Gathered together on a chilly night the assembled audience were warmed up by a jig or two from the rather depleted Pit Band (due to holiday absences and a plague of moths in Ripponden, I do not tell a lie). Pete Coe and Steve Harrison manned the fort manfully.

Many bravura performances ensued from residents and floor singers. Several music hall songs kept the audience chuckling. Lovely to hear the full versions. We were given two May Day songs (not long to go now) and traditional songs appropriate for the time of year, plenty of self penned songs and even a Native American Indian song. An eclectic mix indeed.

The guest, Rosie Stewart, was a return visitor to the club, though from quite a few years ago. She hails from Cashel, County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.

A frequent guest at traditional clubs and Festivals in England and Ireland she delivers her songs with faultless professionalism. Rosie’s dark toned voice is perfect for her choice of Irish songs, lending itself to witty and funny items such as ‘Star of the Bar’ and ‘My Son in America’ and the thought provoking ‘Bunch of Damned Whores’. But of course the evening would not have been complete without a number of serious songs; notable examples were ‘Do me Justice’ and ‘Follow the Flag’. I look forward to seeing Rosie at Whitby Folk Week in the summer sunshine, I hope.

Annie Dearman


 

Dance review – Tenterhooks and Sue Coe – 15 April 2017

Barn Dance 15 April 2017

The Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dances always take place on the third Saturday in the month from October through to April which was Easter Saturday this year. Although some of our regular dancers were away on holiday, we had a good number of dancers and an enjoyable evening’s dancing.

Photo: Steve Jones

Caller Sue Coe recently received a gold award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, in part for her work in promoting traditional English dance in schools up and down the country. Sue encourages the children to create their own dances and we were treated to three of these;  ‘Westfield Four Star’, ‘Railtrack’ and the ‘Zetland Circle Dance’ (the latter with its distinctive clapping pattern which is harder than it looks). Many of the other dances were  favourites such as ‘Bridge of Athlone’ and ‘Clopton Bridge’, and the evening was rounded off with everyone on the dance floor for ‘Soldiers Joy’.

Tenterhooks with Sue Coe. Photo: Steve Jones

Tenterhooks provided a varied range of tunes which were well-matched to the dances. Particularly enjoyable was the pair of Lakeland jigs selected for the Circassian Circle called ‘Liberty for the Sailors’ and ‘Kendall Ghyll’. ‘Barley Break’ was pushed along in fine style by the jigs ‘Trip to the Lakes’ and ‘Whip her and Gird her’ and the various combinations of instruments gave a pleasing variety to the music.

This dance was Ryburn 3 Step’s final barn dance of the 2016-7 season and the 2017-8 season begins on October 21st with Baz Parkes and Phoenix. However, there will be dances at Waring Green on May 20th and September 16th courtesy of Dave Webster.

The Tenterhooks Band line-up was:

Chris Partington – fiddle
Paul Roberts – fiddle and border pipes
Johnny Adams – piano and fiddle

Sue’s dances included:

Circassian Circle – single circle
Buttered Peas – Sicilian circle
Bridge of Athlone – 4 couple longwise
Holmfirth Square  – 4 couple square
Zetland Circle Dance – double circle
Cumberland Long Eight – 4 couple longwise
Cumberland Square Eight – 4 couple square

Westfield Four Star – Sicilian circle
Barley Break – 4 couple longwise
Circle Waltz – single circle
Grapevine Twist – 4 couple square
Railtrack – 4 couple longwise
Clopton Bridge – 4 couple longwise

Steve Jones.

 

EFDSS Gold Badge Award to Pete and Sue Coe

On Wednesday 16 November Pete and Sue Coe received their Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) presented by the Chair of the EFDSS Board, Alistair Anderson.

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Photo: Annie Dearman

Over 100 friends attended the event, which included songs and music from many of the performers that Pete and Sue have collaborated with, taught, or encouraged over careers of more than half a century of Folk song, music, and dance. Four other Gold Badge holders were among the friends attending: Bill Leader, Alistair Anderson, Derek Schofield, and Vic Gammon.

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Photo: Annie Dearman

For more information about EFDSS Gold Badge awards, go to  http://www.efdss.org/efdss-about-us/gold-badge-award .

Pete’s contributions include traditional song research, song writing in traditional style, the founding of several seminal bands, plus solo and duo performances, dance calling, recording, field research, local folk activism in Ryburn Three Step and teaching at various levels. He has  worked extensively in schools throughout the country as a visiting musician both on his own account and for the EFDSS on the Take 6 Project. He was the founder member and visionary force behind three particularly ground breaking groups – The New Victory Band, Bandoggs and Red Shift – all of which brought something new to the folk scene.

As well as developing a wide range of traditional songs for performance, Pete has had an illustrious songwriting career with many songs covered by other artists. His collecting of a single verse of Marching Down through Rochester with its Waltzing Matilda tune, and its subsequent expansion to a full song has made him the focus of attention by various researchers in search of the roots of the famous Australian song. Most recently Mark Radcliffe featured his rather personal Rolling Down The Ryburn on his BBC Radio 2 programme, sung by Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar.

Pete has contributed a number of field recordings including Caleb Walker (musician for Manley Morris), travellers Charlotte & Betsy Renals and Sophie Legge, and Willy Taylor. He has carried out extensive research into the work of Frank Kidson, which resulted in a touring show and a CD under the title of Five Finger Frank.

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Sue successfully gained funding and promoted Ryburn Three Step in the early days as well as teaching Appalachian step dance and the Ryburn Longsword dance team, which she formed 22 years ago. As well as Appalachian dance and Longsword, Ryburn Three Step also organises a range of regular activities for local people including clog step dance classes, a singing group, an offshoot rapper side, a mummers side, monthly folk club and dances, occasional workshop days plus weekly music sessions in the local pub.

Sue led and developed Ryburn Longsword for many years, recruiting youngsters from local schools and including their mothers in the dancing, resulting in a junior and a senior team. Along with team members she developed new dances with a local flavour and has presented the team regularly at dance festivals. In addition to her ongoing Longsword and Step dance activities she now runs weekly workshops around West Yorkshire for disabled and wheelchair bound youngsters, developing dances suitable for their abilities and providing for them a very necessary inclusion.