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Folk Club Christmas Party Wednesday 20 December at the Malthouse

There’s plenty to do over Christmas and the New Year with Ryburn 3 Step – click HERE for a download-able programme.

Next up – Wednesday 20 December – the Ryburn Folk Club Christmas Party at the Malthouse, Oldham Road, Rishworth HX6 4QBMORE INFO.
At the end of every year we celebrate Christmas and the New Year with the R3S Christmas Party for all anyone who fancies a night of seasonal songs and novelties from our residents and regulars. It’s always a grand evening with music, singing, dancing and general frivolity, and you’re welcome to come along and take part.

Sunday 31 December Grand New Year’s Eve Barn Dance – at the Waring Green Community Centre, Brighouse HD6 2AX  – MORE INFO.

2 – 6 January 2018 – The Long Company Traditional Mummers Play:


Tuesday 2 January – The Golden Lion, Todmorden OL14 6LZ;
Wednesday 3 January – The Hogs Head, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AH;
Friday 5 January – The Alma, Cottonstones HX6 4NS;
Saturday 6 January – The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden HX6 4DF.

The Ripponden Village Christmas Dance at the Victoria Hall, Ripponden on Saturday 9 December was a great way to start the run up to the Festive Season.

Thanks to all those who braved the icy cold to come along, the band “Offcuts”, John Brown the caller, Ryburn Longsword who brought cakes and provided hot drinks and festive decorations and did 2 display dances during the interval, and Steve and Pauline who organised it.

Face Furniture at the R3S Folk Club 29 November 2017

Face Furniture – Photo: Andy Day

Adrian May is a songwriter living in Essex and is a long time friend of some of our residents. When we were offered the chance to book him in his duo with Murray Griffin, a pairing known as Face Furniture, it was something to look forward to.  Adrian’s songs are observational but usually have a slight sense of the ridiculous to keep you grinning, albeit sometimes wryly.  His songs are accompanied by competent guitar and excellent ukelele playing, something very apt since Ryburn 3 Step’s latest venture is a ukulele band. Murray’s bass playing is hugely inventive and supportive, even though he was missing his upright bass, presently unplayable due to a shoulder injury.

Face Furniture – Photo: Andy Day

Their first half was a range of selections from Adrian’s latest project entitled A Comedy of Masculinity. A prologue was followed by Soft Man, a comment on male ‘outliers’,  ie. those not into football, cars, etc.
The Blackbird & the Crow was about unlikely things joining together, and other songs included a rant called Sons & Fathers, the allegorical Something Like a Man about waiting for masculinity to catch up with modern life and a song outside the suite but very topical for R3S – Everyone Plays the Ukulele Now!

Photo: Andy Day

The second half was taken from other suites of Adrian’s songs, particularly Discovering England. The optimistic (for some of us) Left Wing Swing  commented on the recent success of Jeremy Corbyn while The Skiffle Train journeyed from The Peasant’s Revolt to the present day via WW2 and the 1960s. John Ball, a Lollard priest involved in and executed after the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381, gets several songs in the suite, the one included here being The Pieces of John Ball  whose body was dispersed to Coventry, Chester, York and  Canterbury. Discovering England, English Anthem, Nobody hates the English, and  Goodnight England followed and the night finished with a very confusing George Formby spoof called Leaning on a Window, An Old Bastard’s Love Song  and my personal favourite,  Everyone’s Drunk in Essex. It was a very unusual night and well received, particularly by the cluster of ukulele players attracted to attend.

Thanks go to the residents, floor singers, and pit band, who did their usual stuff, including a couple of ballads with a few deaths to remind us of our true heritage. Phoebe and Lawrence wowed us with their “Broom dance”, which involved a lot of very fast leg and arm waving and a minimal amount of sweeping. Very impressive.

The songs included:
An early Wassail Song from Steve Harrison & Annie Dearman
The ballad Captain Carr – Tim Edwards
A medley of fiddle tunes from Nev
Tim Hardin’s Reason to Believe from Terry Evans
An election inspired Silly Birds by Chris Manners
Poor Old Horse from Pete Coe
A spectacular performance of Dewie Dells of Yarrow from Chris Coe
Excuse Me, Mr…. from Alice Jones.

Johnny Adams



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.