The R3S “AMERICANA” Season starts with“Rattle on the Stovepipe” on Friday 20 September

On Friday 20 September, we’re delighted to open our “Americana Season” with RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE at a House Concert of Old Time Music & Song from these festival favourites on a rare visit up north. Remember Dave & Toni Arthur? Yes, it’s Dave Arthur playing banjo and guitar, plus Pete Cooper (who used to live in Calderdale) on fiddle, and Dan Stewart – a superb young banjo player.
They have recorded several CDs for Wild Goose with a new one on the way.
Full information HERE

The Concert will run from 8 pm to 9 pm, then it will be followed by an open session of songs and tunes.
Bring your own refreshments.
No entry charge – Donations welcomed.
Our House Concerts are very popular, so reservations are recommended – phone Sue Coe on 01422 822569, Email

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

AMERICANA SEASON Folk Club and House Concerts coming up.
You can download the flyer HERE
(Warning… no banjos will harmed during this programme.……)

Wednesday 25th Sept – Ryburn Folk Club JEFF WARNER with songs from his family collection. Frank and Ann Warner were major folk song collectors along eastern USA, finding, amongst many other singers, Frank Proffitt who sang them “Tom Dooley.” Jeff is a consummate singer, musician, and performer, and featured at several festivals over this summer.

Wednesday Oct 30th – Ryburn Folk Club – the return of RILEY BAUGUS (“Cold Mountain” film adviser and banjo maker, Willie Nelson Band), playing banjo, fiddle & guitar. Riley is better known locally playing for the show “Appalachian Roots” with dancer Ira Bernstein with many concerts at The Square Chapel in Halifax. He is the real deal: as a teenager he visited and learned first-hand from the older traditional musicians like Tommy Jarrell. He’s playing our Folk Club as the first night of his tour which also includes dates in Ireland.

Monday 11th Nov – House Concert – BEVERLY SMITH with songs from American traditions playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin & banjo. One of the best voices and expert fiddle playing accompanying Alice Gerrard. A previous guest at our folk club with John Grimm. This time on a nation-wide solo tour.

Wednesday 27th Nov – Ryburn Folk Club – our final dose of Americana from DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON playing traditional and original songs with guitar, banjo, fiddle – with very nice harmony vocals. They’re on a national UK tour too.

Ryburn 3 Step also presents two opportunities to see “The Road to Peterloo” locally, and Four Barn Dances to get you dancing all the way to Christmas and the New Year. Tremendous!

Barn Dances start on 19 October to the music of “The Alice Band”, caller Pauline Jones, at the Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse.
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.

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.

Laura, Brian and Pete performing “The Road to Peterloo” at Broadstairs Folk Festival – wearing their “caps of liberty” made by Linda Kemp, treasurer of Ryburn 3 Step.

Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth, trace the background from the Napoleonic Wars, the Luddite uprising, and the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers and cotton spinners, through to the terrible events of the day, when mounted soldiers armed with sabres charged a peaceful crowd of pro-democracy demonstrators and killed or injured many men, women and children.

Our activity groups continue to meet – 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!


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!

REVIEW -Mark Dowding at the Ryburn Folk Club Wednesday 26 June

MARK DOWDING – songs from Lancashire and beyond with guitar, concertina, and banjo.

Our guest at the last Ryburn Folk Club of the 2018- 19 season was Mark Dowding.

MarkDowding at the Ryburn Folk Club

Mark Dowding comes from Lancashire and has been singing mainly traditional folk songs for around 40 years. He is a fine singer, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, English and Anglo concertinas, and melodeon. He has released 6 CD’s.

We had a great evening’s entertainment from Mark Dowding, with some superb singing and musicianship. Thanks to Mark, the residents and floor singers (including the Ryburn Singers who would welcome new singers to swell their ranks), and the “Pit Band”. A great finale to the 2018 – 19 season.

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley