Dance the November Blues away with Sue Coe and Morgan Rattler on 16 November

The next Barn Dance at Waring Green will be on Saturday 16 November with caller Sue Coe and the Morgan Rattler band. Come along for a great night’s dancing!
Waring Green Community Centre Brighouse HD6 2AX.

More information HERE

Ryburn 3 Step’s very own Award-winning Sue Coe is one of our most popular callers: with over 40 years of experience calling for dances you are guaranteed a great evening of dancing to suit all tastes.

Morgan Rattler are a Leeds-based band led by Gordon Tyrrall on flute and guitar, Barbara Mainland on fiddle, and Robin Shepherd on fiddle and melodeon. All 3 are marvellous musicians individually and together they make a fantastic band for dancing.

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.
18 December – Folk Club Christmas Party at the Malthouse, Rishworth.
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.

Folk Club Christmas Party – Wednesday 18 December

All Residents, floor singers,  musicians, regulars, angels, friends, Romans, and countrymen are invited to join us at the Malthouse in Rishworth on Wednesday 18 December, starting at 7.45pm.

As usual, we do not book a guest for the December Folk Club, instead we  have a Christmas Party and invite residents and regular folk club attenders to perform a spot. You can come along as normal to enjoy party, but if you would like to perform please call Steve Jones on 01422 823099, or email
We would like the pieces to be seasonal, humorous or just generally ‘in the spirit’ 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.
More information HERE

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: The Road to Peterloo at the Square Chapel in Halifax Sunday 3 November 2019

Pete Coe, Laura Smyth, and Brian Peters presented “The Road to Peterloo” at the Square Chapel in Halifax on Sunday 3 November to a full house.
In contemporary broadsheet ballads and tunes, these three consummate performers took the audience through historical events leading up to the fateful meeting on 16 August 1819, the hope and despair of the day itself, and then the aftermath. Powerful stuff.

Find out more about ‘The Road To Peterloo’, the CD & reviews, on

Review: Riley Baugus

Riley Baugus at the Ryburn Folk Club. Photo: Andy Day

Our American season continued in style last night with a visit from the legendary Riley Baugus. We first met Riley when he accompanied dancer Ira Bernstein to Ripponden to assist in teaching our Appalachian dancers and we immediately fell in love with his music. Not only does he play banjo expertly and excitingly but he makes them too, indeed supplying the banjos for the film Cold Mountain. Last night he was sporting a black skinned instrument with black inlay – something of a ‘stealth’ banjo. His vocal style covers the range of volumes and timbres possible from delicate ‘cabin’ vocals to full blown loud ‘preacher calling’. Every song was dressed up in a contextual introduction to the point where it could be wondered if he was a singer or a story teller – certainly a master of both.

We were the first club to have the opportunity to buy his brand new CD Little Black Train’s a Comin’ and the second song in his first set was the title track, learned from Doc Boggs. I won’t attempt to review his entire set (you could buy the CD and make up your own minds) but I’ll just list the names that he mentioned in passing, the majority of which involved personal contact – even as young as ten years old. J.P. Nestor, Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell, Brian Bowers (dubbed the Jimmy Hendrix of the autoharp), Doc Watson – and he even suspected a family connection with Ola Belle Reed when he finished the evening (almost) with her Undone in Sorrow.

Just one last tip – Riley is touring with Tim Eriksson in 2020. We know they are going to Belgium which might be a bit too far for most, but this tour-de-force will be something to experience so keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to see them. Tim Eriksson came to our club as part of Cordelia’s Dad and was an integral part of the music for Cold Mountain. Riley + Tim = something indescribable.

Set List: (Click on the green text for extra info)
The Train on the Island (J.P. Nestor)
Little Black Train’s a Comin’ (Doc Boggs)
Shady Grove (via Wade Ward from Galax)
Farewell to Old Bedford (via Lee Monroe Presnell)
Raleigh & Spencer
Waterbound from Dirk Powell

Roustabout (Tommy Jarrell & Fred Cockerham)
Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)
Poor Ellen Smith (Google Peter De Graff for the story)
Black Jack Davy (from the Jimmy Hendrix of the autoharp Brian Bowers)
Last Pale Light in the West (by Ben Nichols)
Undone in Sorrow (OIa Belle Reed)
Sing Song Kitty ( Doc Watson)

The full house attracted a star studded supporting cast who contributed as follows:
Alice Jones: Whether I get him or no
Tim Edwards: An Accident of Birth
Helen & Mike Hockenhull: A Charles Causley poem set to music
Sue Burgess: The Greizzly Pride
Chris Manners: Broken on the Highway of Your Love
The Northern Ramblers: Not sure of the title but it involved a tune, a song and a dance – lovely young newly formed string band
Nick Dow: The Turtle Dove
Gill Himsworth: Blackmoor by the Stour (from poet Wm Barnes)
Phil Cerney: Go Down Old Hannah

The Northern Ramblers at the Ryburn Folk Club. Photo: Andy Day

Johnny Adams

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.


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