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

REVIEW: Dave Burland opens the new folk club season.

What better way to start the autumn/winter season than with the warmth of a Dave Burland performance.

Dave Burland at the R3S Folk Club 27 Sept 2017. Photo: Andy Day

The veteran singer attracted an enthusiastic audience from as far away as Sheffield and Keighley and there were some new faces in evidence, obviously long standing Burland fans.

The regulars worked their usual magic; Annie Dearman and Chris Coe kicked off with Richard Thompson’s ‘The Old Changing Way‘ (having checked that Dave B wasn’t going to include it in his set), and then Steve Harrison accompanied Annie in ‘The Bold Smuggler‘ from Sam Larner; Pete Coe rendered Colin Cater’s ‘Penny for the Ploughboy‘ preceding Sue Burgess’s version of ‘The Watchet Sailor’, relocated to Gloucestershire.

Former guest Matt Quinn performed an Irish patter song about Shakespeare prior to Dave taking the floor.  Not only did we have a past guest but also a future guest act in Alan Rose and Lynda Hardcastle who started the second half with ‘Merry Mountain Child‘ collected from Holmfirth singer Arthur Howard; Terry Evans sang ‘The Female Drummer‘ and because we were missing a couple of regulars, Chris Coe got another go with George Dunn’s ‘Edward‘ and Mal Jardine was press-ganged out of the audience to give a lovely version of ‘The Golden Glove‘ aka ‘The Squire of Tamworth‘.

Singers at the R3S Folk Club 27 Sept 2017. Photo: Andy Day

For years our guest has been referred to by most of us as ‘Burland’ possibly indicating his passage from mere mortal to legend (think Dylan, Carthy, Swarbrick and many more who no longer need their first name). Burland displays his legendary status by slipping effortlessly between traditional, contemporary, rock, pop, blues and whatever, delivered with a dark and warm voice backed by guitar parts that are deceptively simple but highly unpredictable and occasionally amusing in a “..why didn’t I think of that?” sort of way.

Thus, Spencer The Rover and The Dalesman’s Litany bracketed a first half which included Margaret McArthur’s Appalachian version of ‘Reynardine‘ ‘The Lancashire Fusiliers/Going For a Soldier Jenny‘ (from Nic Jones’ days in The Halliard), a song from his days in Hedgehog Pie and a couple of ‘sailor songs’.

A rousing ‘Row, Bullies, Row‘ started the second half, then into a rare self-penned song about Barnsley recruits during WW1 – ‘Kitchener’s Finger‘; McColl’s ‘Sweet Thames Flow Softly‘ (see… another missing first name ), Lord Elgin, an Appalachian ‘Barbry Ellen‘, Tawney’s ‘Grey Funnel Line’, finishing off with Dylan’s ‘Girl From The North Country‘.

All this, delivered with ease, wit and warmth, was going to result in an encore so what does a legend like Burland finish of with? Elvis’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel‘ of course.


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.


An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley