New Season starts with Nic and Joe Jones.

You can’t beat a good start to the season and this is the zenith of good starts….
The legend that is Nic Jones backed by his son Joe, a fine guitarist, is a great start to any season.

Tickets £15  available from
103 Oldham Rd
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Cheque made out to Ryburn 3 Step
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Folk Club Reviews

While you’re waiting in eager anticipation for the start of the R3S Autumn 2015 season with Nic and Joe Jones on 30 September, read a couple of reviews from last session:

Bruce Molsky was the guest at Ryburn 3 Step folk club, upstairs at ‘The Works’ in Sowerby Bridge on 27 May 2015. The 90-strong audience were treated to a very varied and excellent programme from this master of every instrument he plays. So there were great solo performances …

A long awaited visit from Aileen Carr on June 25th 2015, a Scottish singer well known in traditional folk circles for her lovely voice and sensitive rendition of songs learnt from printed collections and the great source singers in the traveller community. Aileen captivated the ballad aficionados and general audience with …

Enjoying the summer?

We’re on our summer break now, but Ryburn 3 Steppers are still active. The players, dancers and performers are appearing at some of the seasonal folk festivals, village fêtes and sessions. In the background, the committee are booking the dance bands and folk club acts that should delight you in the coming autumn and winter months.

If you’re passing Ripponden, maybe you’d like to join us on a Monday night in The Old Bridge Inn for our weekly music session. There will be the odd week when some of our key players are missing because they’re on holiday but there’s usually somebody around.  Check in advance by phoning 01422 822413.

Have a splendid summer!

Spring is in the air…..

Ok, we might yet have snow… it has been known to snow at Easter…  but Ryburn 3 Step is optimistic and looking forward to some sunshine to go with the sunny music we’ve got lined up.

After a great night with Bob Hall and Hilary Blyth, during which we were treated to a splendid mix of folk blues, boogie, Appalachian and self penned songs, we’re looking forward to a dance with a bunch of our favourite English musicians providing the music.  There’s Tony Weatherall (who also plays in The Boat Band) on melodeon, then on fiddle his colleague Neil Brookes (see their duo album The Whitchurch Hornpipe), their percussion specialist Chris ‘Yorkie’ Bartram , ably assisted by Christine Corfield on piano and last but certainly not least, The Old Swan Band‘s Neil Gledhill on bass sax.

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve enlisted the services of one of England’s top dance callers, Dave Hunt.
See more detail about the people by clicking the links in this post and for details of the dance itself click here .

Put on your dancing shoes…………

We’ve a great band and caller for this month’s family barn dance coming up this Saturday (Feb 21st). The Watch are a three piece with melodeon, parlour style banjo and piano keyboard. The members are musicians with extensive experience with other bands and a large catalogue of cd albums to their credit. The Watch is a relatively new combination and you can hear some of their music by following the link from the event page.

Andrew Swaine is an experienced caller whose style is adaptable across a range of traditional dance styles. Expect some fun stuff!

The Watch 2

Into the New Year

We’ll all join hands and never fight again
We’ll sweep away the Old Year and bring the New Year in!

Long Company 6thphoto © Janet Hale

Many thanks to all who came to see the New Year in with Long Company. Cheering, booing, heckling, singing, dancing, playing – however you took part – thank you.
Now we’ll see what the rest of the year will bring.


153223A very happy New Year to all!

About 170 people helped us to bring in the New Year at Greenhead College in Huddersfield and what a splendid night we had.

But welcoming the New Year is, for us, not yet finished. Over the first six days of January there are four opportunities to join us when the Long Company Mummers perform their play and the gathered revellers celebrate the new year with an evening of music and song and even a bit of step dancing.  Look at the events page for details and directions.

Merry Christmas etc.


“Oh the summer time is passed,
and the winter’s holding fast……..”

… to nearly quote a well known folk song.

We at Ryburn 3 Step wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Join us at one of our seasonal events and remember, there’s only one New Year resolution to have on your list – to spend the year enjoying lots of the music that this region of West Yorkshire has to offer. We do our best to introduce you to the best folk music around and all you have to do is check out what is offered by looking at our calendar of events. We hope to see you regularly in the New Year.

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley