Ryburn Folk Club Christmas Party at the Malthouse on Wednesday 19 December


and the Ryburn Folk Club Christmas Party is at the Malthouse in Rishworth on Wednesday 19 December.

Photo: Andy Day

This year we’ll be serving up mince pies and hot drinks with a marvellous spread of seasonal offerings from the Residents and other performers.

We invite all residents and regular folk club attenders to come along without any pressure to sing, play or dance. But, if you would like to perform please speak to Steve Jones or Chris Coe: 01422 823099 (Steve) or 01422 822413 (Chris).

We would like the pieces to be either seasonal, humorous or both 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. Look HERE for more information.

We are delighted that there has been so much enthusiasm for our Grand New Year’s Eve Dance on Saturday 31 December 2018, at the Waring Green Community Centre, dancing to the Black Box Big Band with Pete Coe calling. Doors open 7.30 for 8pm start.

Admission on the night is ticket only.  If you wanted to get tickets and have left it too late, you can put your name down on the waiting list for cancellations by emailing Pete@petecoe.co.uk

REMEMBER  – Not long to go now before the magical Long Company Mummers come out of hibernation to appear again on 2nd, 3rd, 5th, & 6th January 2019:

Wednesday 2 January: The Golden Lion, Todmorden;
Thursday 3 January: The Hogs Head, Sowerby Bridge;
Saturday 5 January: The Fleece, Elland;
Sunday 6 January: The Old Bridge, Ripponden.

Photo: Andy Day

REVIEW – Ripponden Village Dance with Granny’s Attic and Barry Goodman:
What a night we had in the Victoria Hall, Ripponden, on 8 December! A large crowd of dancers:  regulars and novices, local and from many miles away, came to enjoy themselves and get into the festive mood as we approach Christmas time ….. Click HERE to read the full review.

Photo: Chris Adams

REVIEW – Martin Carthy at the Ryburn Folk Club:
We had a Full House at the Ryburn Folk Club on 28 November with the legendary Martin Carthy playing a rare solo folk club performance. Read the reviews HERE.

Our Traditional Music Session at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, continues every Monday evening from 9pm. Come along and join in, or just come to listen and enjoy the music (and beer).

If you fancy a play on your instrument but can’t get to the Bridge Session, why not come along to the R3S “No pressure” tune session? This is a session for musicians whose confidence needs a little TLC. Starting slowly, we gradually build up speed on tunes familiar and unfamiliar.
We meet fortnightly on Friday evenings 8:00 to 9:45 p.m, at 103 Oldham Road Ripponden, HX6 4EB. The next will be in January 2019.
Please get in touch with Steve Jones (ryburn3step@gmail.com or 01422 823099) if you are interested in coming along.

REVIEW: Ripponden Village Dance with Granny’s Attic and Barry Goodman 8 December 2018

Ripponden 8 December 2018. Photo: Andy Day

What a night we had in the Victoria Hall, Ripponden, last night! A large crowd of dancers;  regulars and novices, local and from many miles away, came to enjoy themselves and get into the festive mood as we approach Christmas time.

Barry Goodman & Granny’s Attic, Ripponden 8 December 2018. Photo: Andy Day

Granny’s Attic, comprising Lewis on fiddle, George on guitar and Cohen on melodeon, are rising stars of the folk club and festival scene. Barry Goodman is the perfect caller for these occasions; he called a lovely range of dances which were slightly out-of-the-ordinary but easy to do with his guidance. With his spot-on calling and lightly humorous encouragement he had the dancers in the palm of his hand.

Granny’s Attic, Ripponden 8 December 2018. Photo: Andy Day

Granny’s Attic are the ideal Folk Dance Band. With huge musical talent and ability, they play sets of tunes for the dances which range from the unusual to the well-known. Their sound is full and their style is full of excitement and enthusiasm – great to dance to, and great to listen to as well.

The Victoria Hall was seasonally decked out with pretty lights, bunting, and a fabulous Christmas tree. Hot drinks, mince pies and cakes refreshed the dancers (for a small donation!), and to crown it all Granny’s Attic played out with a set of Christmas carols like what you’ve never heard before…….

Thanks to the R3S organisers and to Johnny Adams and Chris Partington for providing the PA. It was a perfect evening.

Andy Day.

Hornpipes Workshop with Chris Partington and Johnny Adams 3 November 2018

Our “Moving On” Workshop on Saturday 3 November on the topic of “Hornpipes” was an informative and enjoyable day. Expertly guided by master fiddlers Chris Partington and John Adams – the Sultans of English Hornpipe – we learnt about the origins of the Hornpipe as a tune and how the linked with hornpipe dances.

We went away having learnt a good few new hornpipes (new to us, that is, the tunes themselves dated back to the 18th Century), loads of music and reference material, all on a CD.

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley