We’re Back!!

At last, we are going to meet up face-to-face at some new events over the next month or so.

Covid Precautions at all events: If you have Covid symptoms, please stay at home. We will provide masks and hand sanitiser and facilitate social distancing. In all venues, we may need to open windows to improve air circulation, so wrap up warm.

The Folk Club Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday 15th December at the Hollins Mill, 12 Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG. The party starts at 8pm and there will be no admission charge.

As usual, entertainment will be provided by the excellent Ryburn Folk Club residents and regulars with perhaps a guest appearance or two. If you would like to perform, please send the title, description (seasonal /humorous /both etc) and its approximate length to ryburn3step@gmail.com

The New Year’s Eve Ceilidh will take place At Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AX (the actual entrance is on Marion St). The dance will start at 8pm as usual and finish at about 12.30 in 2022. There is no bar at Waring Green, so don’t forget to bring your drinks/snacks/crackers with you

Admission Prices: Children under 12: free. Students in full-time education £5. Everyone else £10

Music will be provided by the Black Box Band and the caller will be Sue Coe.

Tickets must be booked beforehand. To book, send an email to ryburn3step@gmail.com and we will send you a payment link with instructions.

Ryburn Longsword are resuming their weekly practices on Wednesday 12th January 2022 in the upstairs room of the Community Centre in Ripponden. If you would like to give it a go, this is the time to do it, as we can’t remember the dances either, so everyone will be starting from scratch! Please contact Liz Cryer at ryburn3step@gmail.com or on 07908 142201

And finally, Long Company Mummers are out again.

Last but not least we are delighted to confirm the dates of the Long Company Mummers play. 

The Mummers, in their huge, brightly-coloured costumes and headgear will present their ancient play at the following venues around Calderdale:

  • Sunday January 2nd 2022; The Golden Lion, Todmorden OL14 6LZ
  • Monday January 3rd 2022; The Hogs Head, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AH
  • Wednesday January 5th 2022; The Fleece, Elland HX5 0BB
  • Thursday January 6th 2022; The Bridge Inn, Ripponden HX6 4DF

It has been our custom to hold a session of seasonal songs and tunes in the pub after the play.  You are very welcome to come and join in.

For information about any of Ryburn 3 Step’s activities, please check our web site https://www.ryburn3step.org.uk/.

Virtual House concert -Jim Woodland

8.00pm Wednesday 27th October 2021

Jim is a singer songwriter who describes his career thus:

“Did street theatre and cabaret, wrote plays and shows for theatre companies and sketches for comedians. I’ve written every song that’s been asked of me and I’ve been rewarded.” 

 Among his credits are songs that he has written for the Mikron Theatre Company.  Visit Jim’s website for more detail  https://jimwoodlandsongs.com/


The usual rules apply:

Zoom session joining details will be emailed the day before the gig

Virtual doors open at 8:00.  Half an hour of songs from the floor then Jim will play from 8:30 for about an hour

A short break will be followed by an opportunity to request songs and address Jim directly .


We do not charge for the Virtual Concerts but ask you to give what you can afford. Details about where to transfer cash will be provided nearer the date with the joining instructions.


Email ( ryburn3step@gmail.com) or ring Sue Coe 01422 822569 to reserve a screen

Virtual house concert – doug eunson & sarah matthews

Doug and Sarah are a well-established force in Derbyshire folk circles and have been playing English acoustic folk music together since 1995. They sing in superb harmony with melodeon and fiddle/viola accompaniment.

“They choose their material with care and craft their arrangements with style and intuitive elegance, playing English and European dance music and drawing on some of the finest English folk song repertoire”

There is no set fee for the Ryburn 3 Step virtual concerts but you are encouraged to show your appreciation of the guest performers by purchasing their CDs and/or making a generous donation. Details of how to donate will be included in the email containing the Zoom joining instructions which you will receive just before the concert.

To reserve a screen for the concert, please send an email to ryburn3step@gmail.com or phone Sue Coe on 01422 822569

Virtual doors open at 8pm on Wednesday 29th September

Another Virtual Dance!

After the success of our last dance, we have decided to try it again on Saturday 26th June, this time with a Ryburn Three Step band and caller Pete Coe.

As with the last occasion, we will start at 7.30pm and continue until 9.00 To reserve a place, please email ryburn3step@gmail.com and you will receive joining instructions.

It really was a lot of fun, even for those who danced with teddy bears, ironing boards and a surprising variety of significant others…

Virtual House concert – 30th June – Jim Causley

Next in our popular series of house concerts will take place on Wednesday 30th June, when Jim Causley will be zooming in to entertain us. Jim is well-known to many of us as a frequent performer at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK.

His many collaborations and projects include composing the music for a BBC4 programme about Charles Causley and creating an album of his children’s poetry; appearing as Devil’s Interval with last month’s guest, Emily Portman and Lauren McCormick; and, of course, at the Radio 2 Party in the Park in 2018.

Please email ryburn3step@gmail.com or ring 01422 823099 or 01422 822569 to book a screen

Virtual House Concert – Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham – 26th May 2021

This month’s guests are Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham from Derbyshire. Keith and Sylvia sing a wide variety of English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs particularly maritime songs and sea shanties. In normal times, they perform all over the UK, Europe and the world.

As soloists, each has a very wide-ranging repertoire. Their strong voices and uncannily compatible and complementary delivery produce some striking harmonies. They also accompany themselves and play lively dance tunes on three different systems of the only English-invented musical instrument – the concertina.

This should be a great evening with lots to sing along with and enjoy.

To join, please email ryburn3step@gmail.com Joining instructions will be sent to you shortly before the concert. 

These events are free but we do ask that you donate to the performers (details available on the night) if you are able to do so.

 

Hooray – We’re having a Zoom Dance

It’s been an awfully long time since we had a Ryburn Three Step dance at Waring Green Community Centre – February 2020, to be exact! It still seems unlikely that we’ll be able to get together for some time, so we are going to try virtual ceilidh at last.

So – we have organised a Zoom dance on Saturday 17th April. The caller will be Nancy Potts, who has spent lockdown working on re-imagined dances suitable for dancing at home with partners, family or cuddly toys. Live music will be provided by other members of her family, Diane Moody and Gordon Potts (Committee Band/Panjandrum etc), who certainly know a thing or two about playing for dancing.

We won’t be charging for admission but we do encourage attendees to make a donation to Nancy – these are difficult times for musicians, as you know. Details of how to do this will be included in the joining email which you will receive shortly before the dance.

Virtual doors will open at 7.15 ready to start at 7.30 and we will aim to finish the dance at 9.00.

Please email ryburn3step@gmail.com to book a screen.

See you there!

Virtual House Concert – Emily Portman 28 April 2021

Emily Portman is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician who has received many awards and nominations. As well as her solo work, she has collaborated with artists including the Furrow Collective, Rob Harbron and the Modern Jazz and Folk Ensemble. You can catch up with her work on her Facebook page HERE.

The event will begin at 8.00pm with songs from Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club regulars and Emily’s concert will begin at approximately 8.30pm.

To reserve a screen, either email ryburn3step@gmail.com or phone 01422 822569. Joining Instructions for Zoom will be sent to you shortly before the event.

There is no charge for these concerts but we do encourage you to donate what you can afford to the artists (details will be in joining email) and to purchase their CDs and merchandise.

PARADINE LOST – (with Apologies to Milton)

Each year perfidious Paradine and heroic St George fight for supremacy but although Paradine always wins the battle, he never wins the war.
Whilst St George is reputed to win the fair lady there is more to the story than is immediately obvious.
This Long Company video monologue tells something of the back story behind this warring pair, in a style owing a little to Marriott Edgar but not so much to the traditional legend.

The piece premieres on YouTube at 8pm (UT) on January 5th.

Click on this link to view at the appropriate time. https://youtu.be/TaMuiUrQ66o

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley