Come along and join us for a great pre-Christmas dance at the Victoria Hall in Ripponden on 14 December.
The Barley Cote Band will be playing and Rosie Bryce will be calling the dances.

Click HERE for more information

Venue – the Victoria Hall in Ripponden HX6 4BG.
7.30pm start, finish around 10.30pm.
Entry price: Adults £9, children 12 and under free if accompanied by an adult, students over 13 in full-time education £5.
You can buy tickets at the door, or order them in advance by phoning Sue Coe on 01422 822569, or emailing

The Victoria Hall has a licensed bar and comfortable seating for a great social evening – even if you don’t want to dance much!
Tea, coffee, and cakes made by the members of Ryburn Longsword will be available for a donation.

Christmas Broadsides at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax on 13 – 15 December

Alice Jones

Another local event to enjoy on the run-up to Christmas this year is Christmas Broadsides at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough,Halifax.
Ripponden-based Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Alice Jones is presenting and performing a celebration of Christmas with a Northern Broadsides twist on 13 – 15 December at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax. Also performing at the event will be musicians from other cultures who have been recently granted asylum in Halifax.
More information HERE

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

Review: Dana & Susan Robinson

The last night of our American season saw the return to the Ryburn Folk Club of the hugely talented Dana & Susan Robinson. It’s always a pleasure to hear their mixture of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs. It was also a chance to cheer ourselves up in these troublesome political times.

Dana & Susan Robinson. Photo: Andy Day

The evening kicked off with the usual overture of dance tunes provided by the Old Bridge Inn Sessionaires before letting Pete Coe loose with Vic Gammon‘s scathing song about the monarchy, The Kings and Queens of England. Alice Jones followed with Frank Kidson‘s collected version of Let Him Go. Gill Himsworth took me back to my school music lessons with Linden Lea, Chris Manners forsook the usual wry comedy to deliver his moving song about Napoleon on Elba, Lantern and the Moon, and Sue Burgess rounded off with the rather un-jolly but excellent song, The Unquiet Grave.

Without preamble Dana and Susan kicked off their set with Everyone Knows What’s Coming followed by their versions of Working On The Railroad, Katie Cruel, and into a self penned song from their new album The Town That Music Saved, a song called simply Shine – an inspirational antidote to bad news.

So listen up people and hear my song
We’re gonna find a way to carry on
It’s not about me and it’s not about you
It’s about all of us getting the message through
About how to shine, shine, shine, shine
Yea we got to shine, shine, shine, shine

This and many of their latest songs are rooted in their home town of Cabot in Vermont, to where they moved about four years ago from North Carolina. Everybody’s Got A Gig to Go To celebrates the abundance of musicians and venues in the town and we were able to look up the subject of Harry’s Hardware Store and view it on Google Street View.

A spirited version of the nursery rhyme Who Killed Cock Robin finished off the first set and featured Dana playing very effectively up ‘the dusty end’ of his mandolin.

Unusually, The Sessionaires were called upon to play another overture kicking off after the break. The tunes included a couple from Pete Coe’s latest venture about the Peterloo massacre, Ladds Dance & Roxianne from Manchester manuscripts. Huw Evans sang The Sheffield Grinder and Chris Coe delighted one of her fans, Susan Robinson, with a top class rendition of the ballad Love Henry.

Dana & Susan Robinson.
Photo: Andy Day

Dana and Susan’s evening continued with Ashville Blues, followed by Dana’s Spokane, a tribute to the late labour activist Utah Phillips and named after the town where he was resident at the end of his life.
Ain’t No Cane was followed by Rayna Gellert‘s Grey Bird. (Link)
Inevitably, the lively fiddle & banjo tune set Down The River I Go Joe featured the dancing feet of Sue Coe, joined on this occasion by the equally nimble feet of Alice Jones. Then the lovely Ola Belle Reed song Undone in Sorrow (we heard it from Riley Baugus last month too) was followed by The Cuckoo, and the last song of the set was James Keelagham‘s Walk On. ( link ) This is a rousing marching song co-written with Catherine MacLellen and of course it led to an inevitable encore.
Keep on walking till we all get home!

To finish the evening they sang a song that we are well familiar with – Chris Coe‘s Fashioned Of The Clay, which features on their album American Hornpipe.

It was nice to hear the pair playing duet guitar as they’ve previously not been able to fly out with both guitars. Having the two instruments liberates Dana somewhat and allows some nifty finger work. Susan’s banjo playing is beautifully understated and features a nifty little trick where she, in passing, flicks a percussive ‘note’ out of a dampened string. It adds a nice dimension to the sound and is reminiscent of the same trick impressively used by Nancy Kerr, where she plays passing pizzicato notes on the fiddle. These are the little things which suggest virtuosity without requiring ‘flames and explosions’ in the playing.

Great stuff!

Johnny Adams


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:
27 November – Susan & Dana Robinson;
and the December Christmas Party ( 18 December).
Or at the Ryburn Barn Dance on 14 December at the Victoria Hall Ripponden – the Barley Cote Band & Rosie Bryce.

Or you can get tickets from Sue Coe – phone 01422 822569    or email

More information HERE
We look forward to seeing you there.

REVIEW – Dance with Sue Coe and Morgan Rattler 16 November 2019

The November 2019 Barn Dance at Waring Green Community Centre was refreshingly well-attended with many of our regular dancers plus a contingent from Brighouse who were new to ceilidh dancing. It was a lovely evening for all.

Photo: Steve Jones

Caller for the evening was Ryburn 3 Step stalwart Sue Coe. Sue has bags of experience of calling dances for dancers of varying ability and confidence.
The evening’s dancers needed no encouragement. Sue chose to call dances that the children and the less experienced adults were readily able to learn (the list is below) and which were also interesting to dance..

Music was provided by two thirds of Morgan Rattler which comprised Gordon Tyrrall on guitar and flute and Robin Shepherd on melodeon and fiddle (but not at the same time). However, there was a note of consternation when Gordon looped his guitar and started to play the flute as there then appeared to be more instruments in the mix that there were band members! Interesting.
Many of the tunes were old favourites from the English tune repertoire (including the eponymous “Morgan Rattler”) and some were from other parts of the UK, all played with precision and plenty of lift which was great for the dancers.

So, another good night with well-chosen dances and terrific musicianship brought to you by Ryburn 3 Step. Next month’s Barn Dance is a Village Dance in Ripponden at the Victoria Hall on December 14th starting at 7:30. More detail on our website HERE

Included in the dances Sue called were:
Circassian Circle
Cumberland Long Eight
Grapevine Twist
Buttered Peas
Holmfirth Square
The Circle Waltz
Nottingham Swing
Barley Break
Soldiers Joy
Cumberland Square Eight

Steve Jones

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


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