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


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