review – barn dance with pauline jones and the old bridge specials 19 january 2019

On a chilly, damp evening in the middle of January, a hardy group of dancers gathered at the Waring Green Community Centre and enjoyed an evening of music and dancing courtesy of Ryburn 3 Step stalwarts Pauline Jones and the “Old Bridge Specials”, musicians who regularly meet to play at the tune session at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden on Monday evenings. The band consisted of:
Trevor Whittall – Tremolo Harmonica
Alan Taylor – Guitar
Pete Coe – Melodeon
Andy Day – English Concertina
Johnny Adams – Piano and Fiddle
Chris Partington – Fiddle

who together (with the help of the excellent sound engineers Johnny and Chris) produced a wonderful, full sound that filled the hall.

Pauline Jones and The Old Bridge Specials at Waring Green. Photo: Steve Jones

Pauline called a variety of dances that were intended to appeal to experienced dancers as well as being accessible to those who were new to English ceilidhs:
Farmers Jig; 4 Couple Longways
Mrs Foxton’s Fancy; Double Circle
The Oak Tree; 3 Couple Longways
Borrowdale Exchange; 3 Couple Circle
Steamboat; Longways for as many as..
Chapeloise; Double Circle
Witches Reel; 4 Couple Longways
Sweets of May; Sicilian Circle
Double Gloucester; 6 Couple Longways
Lucky Seven; Circle Dance
Muffin Mans Jig; Double Circle
Circle Waltz; Circle Dance

Thanks to all who came along, dancers and performers, for a friendly and enjoyable evening.

Steve Jones

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley