Dance to the “Posthumous Curtain” Band with John Brown 17 November

The next Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance at the Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse is on Saturday 17 November.

This Dance will be led by expert caller, John Brown, with music provided by Posthumous Curtain. Everyone who comes to our Barn Dances has a good time, so why not come and see for yourself?
Admission is £9 (£8 concessions) and heavily discounted rates are available for families. More information HERE.

If you aren’t a regular Barn Dancer, why not give it a go? We want to encourage more people to come along to our barn dances and enjoy an active social event dancing to expert dance callers, talented musicians, and the wonderful sprung dance floor at Waring Green Community Centre.

Martin Carthy at the Ryburn Folk Club on 28 November

Martin doesn’t often perform solo in Folk Clubs nowadays, and we’re delighted that he has agreed to come along to the Malthouse to perform for us. Contact us to get a ticket, more information HERE.

Ryburn Folk Club Christmas Party at the Malthouse on Wednesday 19 December

As usual, we do not book a guest for the Christmas Folk Club, instead we invite residents and regular folk club attenders to perform a spot. You can come along as normal (and not feel any pressure to sing, play or dance) but if you would like to perform please speak to Steve Jones or Chris Coe at the Folk Club in November (or at any Ryburn 3 Step event you might see us). We are also contactable via the phone 01422 823099 (Steve) or 01422 822413 (Chris).
We would like the pieces to be either seasonal, humorous or both and for them to last less than 5 minutes. Please get in touch asap if you want to perform and let us have the title, composer / author, a very brief description and the approximate length of time the piece lasts.

Our Traditional Music Session at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, continues every Monday evening from 9pm. Come along and join in, or just come to listen and enjoy the music (and beer).

If you fancy a play on your instrument but can’t get to the Bridge Session, why not come along to the R3S “No pressure” tune session? This is a session for musicians whose confidence needs a little TLC. Starting slowly, we gradually build up speed on tunes familiar and unfamiliar.
We meet fortnightly at 103 Oldham Road Ripponden, HX6 4EB from 8:00 to 9:45 p.m, the next one is Friday 9 November.
Please get in touch with Steve Jones ( or 01422 823099) if you are interested in coming along.

Ukelele Group

The Ukulele group meets on the second Sunday of the month.  The next meeting  is on Sunday 11 November 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden, HX6 4EB.
Rehearse for the Christmas Folk Club spot and bring your own favourite songs and give them a ukulele makeover!


Our Grand New Year’s Eve Dance will take place on Saturday 31 December 2018, at the Waring Green Community Centre, dancing to the Black Box Big Band with Pete Coe calling. Doors open 7.30 for 8pm start. Tickets cost £10.00 (£9.00 concessions) – ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY – admission on the night is ticket only.

You can buy tickets at the  Dances on 20 October, 17 November, and 8 December, click HERE ….
and at the Folk Clubs on 31 October, 28 November and 19 December, click HERE ….

You can also order tickets from Sue and Pete Coe, phone 01422 822569 or email
Once your tickets are paid for (cheque by post please) we can either post them to you or you can collect them at the door on 31 December.

Hornpipes Workshop with Chris Partington and Johnny Adams 3 November 2018

Our “Moving On” Workshop on Saturday 3 November on the topic of “Hornpipes” was an informative and enjoyable day. Expertly guided by master fiddlers Chris Partington and John Adams – the Sultans of English Hornpipe – we learnt about the origins of the Hornpipe as a tune and how the linked with hornpipe dances.

We went away having learnt a good few new hornpipes (new to us, that is, the tunes themselves dated back to the 18th Century), loads of music and reference material, all on a CD.

Review – Benny Graham at the Ryburn Folk Club 31 October 2018

Benny Graham was on top form at the Ryburn Folk Club at Hallowe’en.

The Club room at the Malthouse was full and Benny gave us two wonderful sets of songs and stories from his native North-East – his wonderful voice just captivated everyone there. We heard songs from the old Tyneside songwriters – Tommy Armstrong, Billy Mitchell, and from the new (Ed Pickford, Johnny Handle), and stories collected from miners and their families. Thank you Benny.

There were a couple of scary ghouls there toooooooo…….


An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley