We are sad to report that our former chairman, the indefatigable Steve Harrison, died on Friday July 27th of the cancer that he had suffered from for some time.
During his illness he continued guesting at folk clubs accompanying the wonderful singing of his wife Annie Dearman, and he played for dances with his Black Box Band and with The Phoenix Dance Band led by Rod Stradling. He was a valued resident at our Ryburn Folk Club and a regular at our weekly tune session at The Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden.
His voice also mysteriously came from the character of The Doctor in the Long Company Mummers Play each New Year.
The definition of ‘indefatigable’ is ‘persisting tirelessly’ and that describes Steve perfectly. He performed his duties as R3S Chair with humour and professionalism. His last gig was to lead the Black Box Big Band for our annual New Years Eve dance at Waring Green.
We will miss him, his music, erudition, humour and most of all his friendship, very much indeed.
Ryburn 3 Step is now taking a break for the summer while we go off to festivals, holidays, and just generally enjoy the fine weather. Our 2018 -19 season of events kicks off on September 26th with Chris Foster as the guest at the Ryburn Folk Club.
The last event of our 2017/18 session was the Nobles on Wednesday 27 June. If we didn’t see you there, we hope you have a pleasant summer. Thanks for your support during 2017 – 18 and we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn for our next season of Folk Clubs, Dances, Workshops and Concerts.
During the summer Ryburn Longsword have been dancing out:
21 – 22 July – Littleborough Rushcart
28 – 29 July – Durham Folk Weekend
See some photos HERE.
The Longsword team will be out again on 1 & 2 September at Sowerby Bridge Rushcart.
On Wednesday 15th August we will welcome Riley Baugus, on a rare visit to the UK from the USA, to perform in a House Concert at 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden. Places are limited to 20 so please phone Pete Coe on 01422 822569 to book. MORE INFO HERE
Our Traditional Music Session at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, continues every Monday evening from 9pm throughout the summer. Come along and join in, or just come to listen and enjoy the music (and beer).
The Nobles (William, Cuthbert, and Lydia) who were our last guests at the Ryburn Folk Club on 27 June are a family of dry stone wallers and traditional folk singers from West Yorkshire. We were delighted to welcome them to the Ryburn Folk Club, we had a boisterous evening packed with great chorus singing, plus the bonus of our wonderful residents.
An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley