To start the 2020 season at Ryburn Folk Club, we’re delighted to welcome the highly talented Jack Rutter, a local singer and multi-instrumentalist who is one of the rising stars of the UK’s folk music scene. His second solo album Gold of Scar & Shale was released on 4 October this year.

Jack Rutter

Jack Rutter grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire and plays music across the UK and Europe. In addition to his solo work, he collaborates with some of the biggest names in folk music such as Seth Lakeman, Sam Sweeney and Jackie Oates as well as playing in the instrumental trio Moore Moss Rutter.
This will be a great evening of music and song, and we hope you will join us to start the Ryburn Folk Club’s New Year.

The Ryburn Folk Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month from September to June.  The venue is the upstairs room in The Malthouse, Rishworth, HX6 4QB , close to Junction 22 of the M62. More information HERE

We start about 7.45pm with a few tunes from the Pit Band, then a few songs from the Residents before the first set from the Guests. After a short interval, we hear more from the Residents and then the second set from the Guests and finish at 10.45pm.

Admission is £9 for all adults, students 13 and over in full-time education £5.


The next Barn Dance will be on 15 February at Waring Green, with Caller Brenda Spence and the Dogsbody Band. More information HERE

We had a great start to the 2020 Barn Dance season on 18 January with Baz Parkes and the Old Bridge Specials. Read a REVIEW about the dance HERE!

The “No Pressure” tune session meets fortnightly on Fridays at 103 Oldham Road Ripponden, HX6 4EB from 8:00 to 9:45 p.m.
The next NP Session is on Friday 24 January
and then:
February 21, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17 , May 1, 15 and 29.
More information HERE

Baz Parkes with The Old Bridge Specials, 18 January 2020 – REVIEW

Is it a barn dance, an English Country Dance, a ceilidh, a square dance, or is it a host of other names?  The curse of dancing dances from the rich and varied canon of English dance to English tunes is that it does not have a unique and descriptive moniker.  None of the above describe the energetic enjoyment of dancing relatively simple figures to bouncy, hummable tunes many of which have been played for centuries.

The Old Bridge Specials and dancers at Waring Green 18 January 2020

A couple of groups of new dancers came along to the Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance at Waring Green on Saturday and discovered for themselves how much fun you can have on a Saturday night with your clothes on.

This was not serendipity.  The Old Bridge Specials are a convivial bunch of enthusiastic and talented musicians who meet weekly on Monday evenings at the Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden, (thanks to Tim and Lindsay for their support and indulgence) and, between putting the world to rights, play a range of mainly Northern English tunes.  Saturday’s repertoire was drawn from the most popular of these and included sets such as the Seneca Reel and John Brown’s March, the Curlew and Kirkgate Hornpipe, Jamie Allen and Because he was a Bonny Lad, Stan Treacey’s Waltz and the Swedish Waltz.

The Old Bridge Specials were:
Johnny Adams – keyboards and fiddle;
Chris Partington – fiddle;
Andy Day – Concertina;
Trevor Whittam – Harmonica;
Alan Taylor – Guitar

Particular thanks to Johnny Adams and Chris Partington who were responsible not only for mixing the excellent sound but also for their work on the Village Music Project which has unearthed many fine dance tunes from old and sometimes forgotten manuscripts, some of which were played on Saturday.

Baz Parkes, Photo: Steve Jones

As for the dances themselves, these were called with humour and wit by one of our favourite callers.  Baz Parkes is simply a top caller and on Saturday he steered both novices and experts through a varied repertoire of English Dances.  These included the Holmfirth Square, La Russe, Four Jolly Sheepskins, Cumberland Square 8, the Norfolk Lomg Dance, the St Bernards Waltz, the Cornish 6 Hand Reel, la Bastringue, Eddie Upton’s Chancellor’s Farewell and Heartbreaker (written by Pete Coe.)  Some of these are not easy dances but a willing crowd threw themselves into it and eventually mastered them.  Yet another great night.

Steve Jones

The Long Company Mummers – January 2020

The Long Company Mummers have finished their 4 performances to welcome in the New Year of 2020. Each performance attracted large crowds of excited onlookers, and below are some photos of the 4 performances.
Ryburn 3 Step would like to thank the Golden Lion in Todmorden, the Fleece in Elland, the Hogs Head in Sowerby Bridge, and the Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden for hosting each performance. 

The Long Company Mummers at the Golden Lion in Todmorden, January 2020. Photo: Alan Day
The Long Company Mummers at the Fleece Inn in Elland, January 2020. Photo: Ed Day
The Long Company Mummers at the Hogs Head in Sowerby Bridge, January 2020. Photo: Ed Day
The Long Company Mummers at the Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden, January 2020. Photo: Chris Adams

At each venue, after the performance, the Long Company Mummers asked for donations from the audience. The collections have been given to 4 local charities:
Music for the Many – Todmorden;
Overgate Hospice – Elland;
Happy Days – Sowerby Bridge;
St. Bartholomew’s Church – Ripponden.

Happy Days
St. Bartholomew’s
Overgate Hospice

Thanks to all who supported and helped the Long Company Mummers in 2020.


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