The Grand NEw Year’s Eve Dance 2019 – Tickets on sale now!

The Ryburn 3 Step Grand New Year’s Eve Barn Dance 2019 will see the Old Year out and the New Year in with the Black Box Big Band and caller Pete Coe at the Waring Green Community Centre.

This event has always been hugely popular, so as usual, it will be Ticket Only.
You can buy Tickets at the Ryburn Folk Club:
October (30th – Riley Baugus);
November (27th – Susan & Dana Robinson);
and the December Christmas Party ( December 18th).
Or at the Ryburn Barn Dances;
November at Waring Green (16th – Morgan Rattler & Sue Coe);
December at the Victoria Hall Ripponden (14th – the Barley Cote Band & Rosie Bryce).

Or you can get tickets from Sue Coe – phone 01422 822569    or email

We look forward to seeing you there.

American Old Time Fiddle and Banjo – Riley Baugus at the Ryburn Folk Club on Wednesday 30 October

Next on in our Americana season at the Ryburn Folk Club at the Malthouse in Rishworth on Wednesday 30 October is the great Riley Baugus – a wonderful fiddle and banjo player. Riley is well-known to Ryburn 3 Step through his association with Ira Bernstein who taught Appalachian step dancing to many of us. As a student of such luminaries as Doc Watson and Tommy Jarrell, Riley is the real deal and fans of authentic Old Time music should treasure this opportunity to hear him sing and play live.
More information HERE

Ryburn Folk Club Programme – Autumn 2019 
The “Americana Season”.

Click HERE to download the “Americana Season” flyer.

We had a terrific start to our new season of R3S Barn Dances last night – Saturday 19 October – with the fabulous music of the Alice Band and Pauline Jones calling the dances for an enthusiastic group of dancers of all abilities and experience. Read the review HERE.

The Barn Dance season this year features some exciting bands such as the Wakes Band and the newly formed Barley Cote and some great callers such as Baz Parkes and Michelle Holding. So expect plenty more memorable nights’ dancing over the coming months and thanks to Pauline and the Alice Band for setting such a high standard to start.

Saturday 9 November – Ryburn 3 Step presents a performance of Follow the Fleece – the Rise and Fall of the Wool Trade – a historical revue by Nigel Schofield, original music by David Williams and Helen Hockenhull.
Venue – St Mary’s Church, Cottonstones, HX6 3EU. More information HERE.
Tickets £9 from Pete Coe 01422 822569

Ryburn 3 Step is presenting “The Road to Peterloo” on Thursday 31 October at Huddersfield University, and on 3 November at the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax. Two great opportunities to see this special performance telling the tale of the “Peterloo Massacre” in Manchester in August 1819 through some the ballads that were composed around the time of the event.

Ryburn Folk Club organiser, Pete Coe, along with Brian Peters & Laura Smyth, bring their concert to Calderdale having had sell-out performances at concerts & major folk festivals over the summer. In this bi-centenary year three strong singers & accomplished multi-instrumentalists tell the story of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester on 16th August 1819. They present ballads written by the witnesses & published in the radical press & on broadsides sold on the streets soon after the event.
On that day, it’s estimated that over 60,000 people from Manchester & surrounding towns & villages gathered on St Peter’s Field to listen to Henry ‘Orator ‘Hunt campaigning for universal male suffrage & parliamentary reform. At that time Manchester had no MP’s. It was a legal & peaceful demonstration families wearing their Sunday best. What followed is documented in Mike Leigh’s film ‘Peterloo’, released last year, when the magistrates, in a panic, gave orders to The Manchester Yeomanry to arrest Hunt & disperse the crowd. They were a drunken ill-disciplined, part-time cavalry who attacked with sabres killing 18 & wounding at least 600, including many women who were specifically targeted.
It has taken Manchester 200 years to provide a substantial memorial, designed by Jeremy Deller, to be located on the site. Engraved on the memorial are the names of the victims & above are the towns where the wounded & others came from, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale etc. as you’d expect, but one place name is unexpected… RIPPONDEN.

The Peterloo Memorial in Manchester – “Ripponden”.

Records state that William Slater, from Ripponden, had his ‘shoulder much bruised by the constables.’ It seems he had a lucky escape. So, who was William Slater & can we find out more about him, does he have descendants still living in the area?
Find out more about ‘The Road To Peterloo’, the concerts, the CD & reviews on

“The Road to Peterloo” at Huddersfield University on 31 October:
Tickets: Adult £5, Senior £3, Students Free:
Buy tickets online HERE
or from Huddersfield University:
Phone: 01484 471873

“The Road to Peterloo” at the Square Chapel in Halifax:
Tickets £12 (£10 con.) from The Square Chapel 01422 349422
Production in association with Ryburn 3 Step

BARN DANCE line-up this Autumn
16 November – the Morgan Rattler band with caller Sue Coe, at Waring Green.
14 December – Family Barn Dance with the Barley Cote Band, and caller Rosie Bryce at the Victoria Hall.
31 December – The Grand New Year’s Eve Barn Dance 2019 – caller Pete Coe with the Black Box Big Band, at Waring Green.
Ticket-only event: get them from Barn Dances, Folk Club or from Sue Coe 01422 822569
Click HERE for all the Barn Dance information.

Our activity groups continue to meet each week – why not come along and see for yourself? We’d really like you to join in, but you can just sit and watch if you prefer!

Review: jeff Warner

Photo: Andy Day

It’s always a pleasure to have Jeff Warner back at the club and his last gig before returning to New Hampshire was particularly good, starting off our season of American performers. He kicked off his first set with the Carter Family‘s My Dixie Darling to the delight of our chorus-loving audience – and there were plenty more choruses to follow. The next song in was The Lion’s Cage, a variety song which was popularised on both sides of the Atlantic by Julie Andrews in the 1970s .
The thing about Jeff is that he was brought up in the midst of the variety of music that his parents, collectors Ann and Frank Warner, had available. So not only does he sing songs from the legendary Frank Proffitt but owns a fretless banjo that Frank made for him in his youth. We all joined in with A Long Time Travelling.

Photo: Andy Day

Our own Alice Jones has been recording with Jeff on his recent CDs and joined him on a few numbers, including Hitting the Trail Tonight, Lazy Day from Smiley Burnette ( a film sidekick of both Roy Rogers and Gene Autry) and a lovely Amish song called Beautiful Life.

Photo: Andy Day

His wooden dancing doll graced the first half to the song Cindy, Cindy only to be upstaged by Alice in the second, dancing to the Tin Pan Alley song, The Girls They Go Wild Over Me and replicating the dancing doll’s arm swings to the amusement of the crowd.

Songs from The Tillett Family, Dan Emmet‘s Big Jim River with spoons accompaniment, variations on an English nursery rhyme, a recitation of Silver Jack, all contributed to a brilliant evening, to be crowned with his encore – A Southern Girl’s Lament.

Thanks to our supporting singers, former guests Peter & Barbara Snape (a fine union song called Hold The Fort from their latest CD), Mike & Helen Hockenhull (also former guests) with A Long Way from Home, fellow American Phil Cerney (When First to this Country a Stranger I Came), Sue Burgess (Broomfield Wager). Tim Edwards sang a night courting song, Chris Manners commented on the changing world with Nobody’s a Farmer Any More, and young Mossy Christian accompanied himself on muted fiddle with a Yorkshire song – Lady of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Johnny Adams


We are delighted to announce that the English Folk Dance and Song Society are awarding their coveted Gold Badge to Ryburn 3 Step founder member Chris Coe for services to folk music.
 It is awarded to those who have made unique or outstanding contributions to the art or science of folk dance, music or song, and/or those who have given exceptional support in furthering the aims of the Society.

Chris has been a key member of the Ryburn 3 Step team, contributing to the folk club, barn dance, singing group, and the clog dance group for as long as R3S has been in existence. As an artist and designer she was instrumental in designing the distinctive Ryburn Longsword costumes and also painted the Sowerby Bridge Rushcart front cloth for many years.

Outside Ryburn 3 Step, she has been a musician and singer in several ground breaking folk acts including The New Victory Band, Bandoggs, Red Shift, Tiger Moth, The English Country Blues Band, and also performed in duo with Pete Coe, Maggie Holland, Jill Pidd, Annie Dearman and John Adams.

In 2000 she joined the ranks of The National Theatre to dance, sing and play in their six month long touring production of The Good Hope, under the musical direction of John Tams.

On the academic side she has tutored on the folk music degree at Newcastle University and the performance degree at Huddersfield University, and been a tutor much in demand for folk events by The Wren Trust, Folkus and many festivals.

This is a well deserved recognition of the what she has achieved over five decades. Heartiest congratulations!

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley