Ryburn 3 Step Virtual House Concerts

Thanks first to Bryony and Will for their set last week, I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.

Our November Virtual House Concert (courtesy of Zoom) takes place on Wednesday November 25th and features Damien Barber. Damien hails from Norfolk and his early influences included fellow Norfolk folk Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy. Now resident in Yorkshire, Damien has demonstrated his versatility in projects with Mike Wilson, the Demon Barbers and his most recent collaboration Damien and the Omen. (Follow the links in the appendix below for more information.)

This is an opportunity to see Damien perform solo, accompanying himself on concertina and guitar. Places are limited so please book one soon by responding to ryburn3step@gmail.com

Virtual doors open at 8:00. Songs from Ryburn’s excellent singers precede a concert set by our guest. From about 9:15, there will be the opportunity to ask questions or request songs and tunes and get to know the guests and their music a little better.

We do not charge for House Concerts but request that you show your appreciation by making a donation to the guest or buying a CD or two (or both).

And a quick heads up to our guest on December 2nd, Mossy Christian. Mossy is a musician, singer and dancer (yes he can do all three at the same time) who is acquiring a growing reputation for his music and his research. Mossy’s first solo CD “Come Nobles and Heroes” is released on December 1st

Go to Mossy’s web site to reserve copy and reply to ryburn3step@gmail.com if you wish to join him and us on December 2nd.

Damien and Mike Wilson
Visit the joint web site for Damien and Mike. Great songs and great singing.
CDs of Mike and Damien include:
The Old Songs £12
Under the Influence 2009 (obtain via Proper Music Distribution)

Damien and the Omen
Visit the Facebook site of “Damien Barber Celebrating 30 years in folk”.
Damien and the Omen are a four piece band created in May 2019. A CD is available “Let the Wind Blow High or Low

Damien’s Youtube Channel
View the many videos on Damien’s Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi3pb0cPGKWtESlZnJEIDOg

Demon Barbers
Damien is a founder member of the Demon Barbers, with Bryony Griffith Will Hampson, Ben Griffith and Lee Sykes. Folk rock fused with dance (Morris, Rapper and Clog); and stage shows including dance extravaganza The Lock In
CDs; Uncut 2001, Waxed 2005, Captain Ward 2010 Ranzo 2015


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