Virtual House Concerts – Summer Programme

We’re pleased to announce our summer programme of ‘Virtual House Concerts‘ using Zoom which are providing a way for us to provide music and song that friends and colleagues can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. They help us keep in touch with our community and support singers and musicians who have lost a considerable part of their income from live performances and concerts.

Nick Dow

Wednesday 29 JulyNick Dow , click HERE

Wednesday 26 August – Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp, click HERE

Wednesday 30 September – Simon Robinson, click HERE

There is no entry charge to R3S Virtual House Concerts, so we ask you to consider making a supporting purchase and/or a donation.

Nick Dow (29 July) is one of the best Folk voices of his generation; he has been singing and collecting Traditional Folk Songs for over forty years. His gigs are informative and entertaining, his guitar playing is sensitive and well thought out, and his repertoire contains many songs you will hear nowhere else. Nick has gleaned songs from the West Country, and been given songs by the Travelling people with whom he has lived and worked. Watch Nick singing “Ye Lovers All” at the Fleetwood Folk and Blues Festival.

Nick has just published a book ‘Southern Songster, of English Folk songs from the Hammond & Gardiner manuscripts, which is now available to order, price £15.

Our Virtual House Concerts open at 8.00pm for some songs from the Ryburn Folk Club residents, then the guest(s) join us  from 8.30 to 9.30, and we finish by 10.00pm.

To book a place please email ryburn3step@gmail.com
If you want some help with using or setting up Zoom please just email and ask. We look forward to hearing from you.

Review – Virtual Session with Lewis Wood

Lewis Wood

In these times of Covid-19 Lockdown there is every Monday evening, an online gathering (via Zoom) of local musicians who in normal times would be meeting and playing in the lovely traditional surroundings of the Old Bridge Inn, in Ripponden. Every now and then we’re inviting performing musicians to join us and talk about their work and playing. Last night, 22 June, we invited Lewis Wood to join us.

22 people tuned in from various places in the UK listen to Lewis talk about his latest project ‘Footworks’, about stepdancing in the various regions of England and the tunes he has written in a regional style for stepdancers to dance to. His playing was perfect, and got at least one of the viewers dancing in her own kitchen! Lewis’ tunes were new yet old, totally appropriate for the regional step dances and very impressive.

Lewis had planned to start recording his ‘Footwork’ CD in March, but Lockdown put a stop to that. Now that restrictions are easing he is starting to find a way to get together with his selected stepdancers for the recording, and you can help him by pre-ordering the ‘Footwork’ CD HERE. And if you would like to keep in touch with Lewis as he progresses with the project, he has set up a ‘Patreon’ page, to which you can subscribe HERE. It includes information on the regional styles, conversations with the dancers and experts, demos of the tracks and traditional music for people to dance to at home if they wish.

While the ‘audience’ were joining, the OBsessionnaires played a few tunes and we had a bit of a chat to try and get some sort of ‘togetherness’. Not the same as being in the Old Bridge Inn, but a lot better than nothing.

This was the third of Ryburn 3 Step’s ‘Virtual Sessions’ using Zoom which are providing a way for us to provide music and song that friends and colleagues can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. They help us keep in touch with our community and, importantly, support singers and musicians who have lost a considerable part of their income from live performances and concerts. The next one will be Nick Dow on Wednesday 29 July, more information HERE.

We’ll post news of more ‘virtual activities’ here on our Website, and we hope to ‘see’ you with us online soon!
If you are interested in our ‘Traditional Music Virtual Session’ on Monday evenings, please click HERE to go to the webpage.

Review – Virtual House Concert with George Sansome

The last Wednesday of the month is normally Ryburn Folk Club night, but not in these times of Lockdown. So we thought we would try out a ‘Virtual House Concert’ on 27 May and invited George Sansome to give us a preview of his debut CD “George Sansome” using Zoom.

George Sansome – R3S Virtual House Concert

25 people tuned in from various places – UK and North America – and were delighted by George’s playing of songs from the CD, interspersed with discussion of his approach to selecting the songs and creating the arrangements. He explained how he wanted it to be a solo performance CD and that’s what we got last night – just him and his guitar – and it was marvellous. I was overwhelmed by the sheer professionalism: George’s guitar work was faultless, his singing was perfect, and all done to an audience on the other side of a computer screen.

You can buy a copy of George’s new CD “George Sansome” by clicking HERE. Thank you.

Before George started his session, we had a couple of songs from Ryburn Folk Club Residents Sue Burgess and Tim Edwards. Again, it’s difficult to sing to a computer screen, but it worked, and we could almost imagine being in the Folk Club as usual. Thank you Sue and Tim, we know it can be done now!

This was the second of Ryburn 3 Step’s ‘Virtual Sessions’ using Zoom which are providing a way for us to provide music and song that friends and colleagues can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. They help us keep in touch with our community and, importantly, support singers and musicians who have lost a considerable part of their income from live performances and concerts. It’s a very different experience from what we are used to, but given the constraints we are all under it seems to be working well, so we are planning to continue with more ‘Virtual House Concerts’ and ‘Virtual Sessions’ using Zoom.

We’ll post news of more ‘virtual activities’ here on our Website, and we hope to ‘see’ you with us online soon!
If you are interested in our ‘Traditional Music Virtual Session’ on Monday evenings, please click HERE to go to the webpage.

CHRIS COE AWARDED THE EFDSS GOLD BADGE

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