Virtual House Concerts continue with the appearance of Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson on Wednesday October 28th

Our monthly Zoom-enabled Virtual House Concerts continue with the appearance of Bryony Griffith  and Will Hampson on Wednesday October 28th as our guests.

Bryony has an impressive folk music cv with membership of the acapella group, Witches of Elswick, founder member of the Demon Barbers, musician for Dog Rose Morris and Newcastle Kingsmen and her membership of the Huddersfield ceilidh band, Bedlam.  She has recently been appointed as senior lecturer in fiddle and vocals at Leeds College of Music

Over the years she has released 3 CDs, 2011 Lady Diamond (with husband Will Hampson), Nightshade in 2014 and her latest CD Hover, an instrumental album of English fiddle tunes.  

Will Hampson is a fine melodeon player and was also a member of Bedlam and the Demon Barbers.  Check out their facebook page  and their set at the virtual  Whitby Folk Week .

There is no set fee for the Ryburn 3 Step Virtual House Concerts but you are encouraged to show your appreciation of the guest performers by purchasing CDs and /or making a generous donation.  Places are limited for technical reasons so please send an email to to reserve a “screen.”  Virtual doors open at 8pm on Wednesday October 28th; a couple of songs from our talented residents will finish at 8:30 when Will and  Bryony will play and sing for about 30 to 40 minutes.  After that we encourage viewers to request tunes/songs, ask questions, tell short anecdotes and generally learn a little about Bryony and Will (and their music). 

Review – Nick Dow – 29 July 2020

Nick Dow is blessed with one of the best Folk voices I’ve ever heard, and over the 40 years that he has been singing he just seems to get better and better! Last night at our Virtual House Concert he was on top form and gave us a wonderful performance from his home; many of the songs I haven’t heard anywhere else. They were beautifully sung, his guitar accompaniments effortless and the introductions were informative and entertaining.

Nick has just published a book ‘Southern Songster, of English Folk songs from the Hammond & Gardiner manuscripts, which is now available to order, price £15. He also has a recent CD available, ‘In a Garden Grove‘.

Once again, Ryburn Folk Clib Residents Tim Edwards and Sue Burgess gave us a couple of songs each at the start. Thank you both.

Andy Day

Virtual House Concerts – Summer Programme

We’re pleased to announce our summer programme of ‘Virtual House Concerts‘ using Zoom which are providing a way for us to provide music and song that friends and colleagues can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. They help us keep in touch with our community and support singers and musicians who have lost a considerable part of their income from live performances and concerts.

Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp

Wednesday 26 August – Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp, click HERE

Wednesday 30 September – Simon Robinson, click HERE

There is no entry charge to R3S Virtual House Concerts, so we ask you to consider making a supporting purchase and/or a donation.

Our Virtual House Concerts open at 8.00pm for some songs from the Ryburn Folk Club residents, then the guest(s) join us  from 8.30 to 9.30, and we finish by 10.00pm.

To book a place please email
If you want some help with using or setting up Zoom please just email and ask. We look forward to hearing from you.

Review – Virtual Session with Lewis Wood

Lewis Wood

In these times of Covid-19 Lockdown there is every Monday evening, an online gathering (via Zoom) of local musicians who in normal times would be meeting and playing in the lovely traditional surroundings of the Old Bridge Inn, in Ripponden. Every now and then we’re inviting performing musicians to join us and talk about their work and playing. Last night, 22 June, we invited Lewis Wood to join us.

22 people tuned in from various places in the UK listen to Lewis talk about his latest project ‘Footworks’, about stepdancing in the various regions of England and the tunes he has written in a regional style for stepdancers to dance to. His playing was perfect, and got at least one of the viewers dancing in her own kitchen! Lewis’ tunes were new yet old, totally appropriate for the regional step dances and very impressive.

Lewis had planned to start recording his ‘Footwork’ CD in March, but Lockdown put a stop to that. Now that restrictions are easing he is starting to find a way to get together with his selected stepdancers for the recording, and you can help him by pre-ordering the ‘Footwork’ CD HERE. And if you would like to keep in touch with Lewis as he progresses with the project, he has set up a ‘Patreon’ page, to which you can subscribe HERE. It includes information on the regional styles, conversations with the dancers and experts, demos of the tracks and traditional music for people to dance to at home if they wish.

While the ‘audience’ were joining, the OBsessionnaires played a few tunes and we had a bit of a chat to try and get some sort of ‘togetherness’. Not the same as being in the Old Bridge Inn, but a lot better than nothing.

This was the third of Ryburn 3 Step’s ‘Virtual Sessions’ using Zoom which are providing a way for us to provide music and song that friends and colleagues can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. They help us keep in touch with our community and, importantly, support singers and musicians who have lost a considerable part of their income from live performances and concerts. The next one will be Nick Dow on Wednesday 29 July, more information HERE.

We’ll post news of more ‘virtual activities’ here on our Website, and we hope to ‘see’ you with us online soon!
If you are interested in our ‘Traditional Music Virtual Session’ on Monday evenings, please click HERE to go to the webpage.


The English Folk Dance and Song Society has awarded 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 what she has achieved over five decades. Heartiest congratulations!

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley