Midsummer Dance

Saturday 18th June 8pm

Good news for dancers

Ryburn 3 Step is arranging a barn dance for June 18th at our usual venue of the Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Road, Brighouse, HX6 2AX.

Music from house musicians the Black Box Band (Chris Partington on fiddle, Pete Coe on Melodeon and Alice Jones on piano) and Sue Coe calling the dances

At this difficult time for live music and social dancing, we would really appreciate your support. If you have enjoyed Ryburn 3 Step’s barn dances in the past, come to to Waring Green Community Centre on June 18th and rediscover how much fun you can have.

Dancers of all ages and abilities welcome, the main requirement is enthusiasm. Bring your own refreshments.

Tickets £10 per adult/£5 in full-time education/under 12s free

Ryburn Folk Club – Gilchrist Collective

29th June, 8pm

Most truly yours, Aunt Anne’ celebrates the achievements of Anne Geddes Gilchrist OBE (1863-1954), who made an important collection of songs, tunes and folklore from her home in Lancashire and became a significant figure in the folk music world of the early 20th Century.

The Gilchrist Collective has been formed by four accomplished performers to tell her story for the first time, using narrative, slides and a rich and varied selection of the songs she preserved.

Find out more about Anne Gilchrist and the Gilchrist Collective in this article from Living Tradition Magazine

Their cd ‘Most Truly Yours’ can be purchased here

Ryburn Folk Club – Jess & Richard Arrowsmith

Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are singers and musicians (fiddle & melodeon) and well established in the traditional English music scene. 

They bring you powerful vocals, subtle accompaniments, lively tunes and a broad range of material that will have you laughing, weeping, tapping your feet and joining in the choruses. Jess’s self-penned songs have been performed and recorded by a range of other artists and are entering the tradition in their own right.

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Jess & Richard’s latest project in conjunction with James Fagan & Nancy Kerr as the Melrose Quartet earned them a nomination for “Best Group” at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards.

Other projects past & present include Hekety, Glorystrokes, Crucible and Pecsaetan.

Ryburn Longsword – May Day 2022

May Day was one of the major festivals of the Celts in Britain, representing the first day of summer and has been celebrated all over the country ever since.

Finally, after two years of lockdown, Ryburn Longsword will be dancing together in the real world, rather than virtually, to to bring up the sun at dawn on May 1st 2022.

If you would like to watch, we dance at the far end of the Scammonden bridge over the M62 motorway at approximately 5.32.

If you would like to join Ryburn Longsword, please contact Liz Cryer by email on ryburn3step@gmail.com or by phone 07908 142201

Ryburn Folk Club – Kimber’s Men

27th April, 8pm

Audiences everywhere rave over the harmonies of local shanty singers, Kimber’s Men.

They have appeared at Festivals in Ostende, Appingedam, Portmagee, Portsoy, Fano in Denmark, and all over the UK.  Featured twice on Sunday brunch for Channel 4, they also starred in the BBC production of Sea Songs, with Gareth Malone.

Expect to laugh, sing and be generally entertained.

Ryburn Folk Club – 23rd February 2022

23rd February 2022 – Simon Robinson

Simon is a fine singer of Old Time Songs, accompanying himself on banjo, guitar & dulcimer.

He is based in Leeds, where he has been running online sessions throughout lockdown, recording several CDs, teaching & working with children.  He was an outstanding music student at Huddersfield University and a member of contemporary folk band MAIA who regularly filled venues like The Brudenell in Leeds or The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.

You’ll find him on Facebook, Youtube & Bandcamp & his CDs, The Wandering Boy & When The Sun Goes In .

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Ryburn Folk Club Update

Following the success of our Christmas ‘Do’ and the January Folk Club, we have decided to continue with face-to-face sessions. See the Events page for details of upcoming Club guests.

Each month, there is a featured guest supported by an all-star cast of resident singers, many of whom are well-known performers in their own right.

We start at about 7.45pm with a few tunes, followed by a few songs from Residents before the first set from the guest(s). After a short interval (and raffle), we hear more from the Residents and the final set from the guest finishing at about 10.45.

Ryburn Folk Club – 26th January 2022

Our next Ryburn Folk Club will take place on Wednesday January 26th at 8pm in the Hollins Mill pub in Sowerby Bridge HX6 2QG.

This month, we are delighted to present some old friends in a new combination.

Sue Burgess, one of our hugely talented residents, will join with Peter and Barbara Snape to give us a ‘taster’ of their new collaboration (together with Brian Peters) as The Gilchrist Collective.

Expect some Lancashire songs collected by Anne Gilchrist, some of the Snapes’ ever-popular repertoire – and introducing Sweet Briar, the new harmony duo of Barbara and Sue!

Admission is £5.
Please will you observe sensible precautions to avoid infecting or being infected with coronavirus such as social distancing, wearing a mask when moving about, and staying at home if you have symptoms.

Some samples on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybMuzSKxL8k   Sue Burgess sings “The Handsome Lass”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT7XmFyyyRE   Peter and Barbara Snapes sing The lawyer kept a milking of the cow’ & ‘Face to the Wall’

Bring the New Year In – Long Company Mummers

2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th January 2022 – 8pm

The Long Company will perform its colourful Mummers play again in these pubs to “Bring the New Year In”

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

The six characters, Old King Christmas, Saint George, the Prince of Paradine, Common Jack , the Doctor and Beelzebub , in brightly coloured costumes and tall headpieces, declaim their lines both old and new.  Themes of good versus evil, treachery, deceit, heroism and poverty are played out, introduced by the jovial spirit of the season, Old King Christmas. (Videos of previous performances HERE)

We are fairly confident that the Mummers play will go ahead, unaffected by any new restrictions the government introduces.  However, the music, song and dance session in the pub after the play may be at risk.  We understand that people will have differing views on where they feel safe and what they can do to reduce the chances of getting infected and infecting others.  This can only be settled on the night by those present so bring your instrument, your song (seasonal or funny) and yourself.

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley