Sessions

Ryburn session at The Old Bridge Inn – Photo: Andy Day

The Ryburn Music Session takes place every Monday evening in the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden. Thanks to Tim the landlord, we have been settled there for nearly 20 years.
The Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden is probably Yorkshire’s oldest hostelry, appearing in recorded history in 1307. It’s worth a visit to enjoy the food, drink and atmosphere, but especially on Monday evenings to enjoy the music as well.

Commencing around 9pm every Monday, the session is a jamboree of mostly (but not exclusively) English tunes. The standard of playing is fairly high and you are welcome to come along and join in – lead your favourite tunes or play along with ours. There are recordings of our sets of tunes that we like, and plenty of printed music available for those who want to practice at home before venturing out to play in public. Chris Partington has put together a selection which you can find here.

The Ryburn music sessions are keeping a modern tradition alive because for over 40 years musicians around the Ryburn Valley have gathered together each week to sit in a pub, have a drink and play tunes on fiddles, melodeons, concertinas, hammer dulcimers and various other acoustic instruments. Visiting musicians have recently included Vic Gammon, Pippa Sandford, a marvellous trio of young fiddlers from Canada, and Anahata and Mary Humphries.

In the early days the Sessions were held in The Blue Ball at Soyland and regulars even included visitors from across the great divide (ie. from Lancashire) such as Mike Harding. When Bill Leader’s recording studio was only a couple of miles away, there were occasional surprise visitors such as Nic Jones, Tony Rose and on one occasion, Pick Withers from Dire Straits.

Contact Johnny Adams on 01422 822413 if you want some more information. Or just come along, say hello, have a beer and see what it’s all about.

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An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley