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Maggie Holland at the Folk Club – 28 March

Very original & traditional songs with banjo & guitar.

Our next guest at the Folk Club at the Malthouse is the wonderful Maggie Holland on Wednesday 28th March. We’re looking forward to a fine evening of songs from Maggie, traditional and contemporary.


Maggie Holland first became involved with music through the local folk club scene in the late 1960’s, and soon became bass guitarist and singer in “Hot Vultures” with Ian A. Anderson. The Hot Vultures expanded into the English Country Blues Band in the late 1970’s, with Rod Stradling and Sue Harris (and later Chris Coe), which subsequently evolved into the country dance band “Tiger Moth”……..                       READ MORE

The R3S Folk Club meets every last Wednesday of the month in the upstairs room of the Malthouse in Rishworth – 270 Oldham Rd HX6 4QB. We start at 7.45pm with tunes from the Pit Band of local musicians, and then songs from the Residents and floor singers from 8pm. The guest then performs for about 3/4 hour before the interval. Afterwards we hear from the Residents and floor singers again before the 2nd set from the Guest. We finish by 11pm.

Admission is £9 (£8 concessions).

REVIEW – Grant Baynham at the Folk Club 30 January 2018

Last night at the Folk Club at the Malt House we were treated to the extraordinary guitar playing, songwriting and performance virtuosity of Grant Baynham. From the very start we knew we were in for something special from a man who’s been around for a long time but doesn’t often appear solo at Folk Clubs.

Grant Baynham (Photo: Andy Day)

With witty words and almost unbelievable guitar accompaniments, Grant took us through a sequence of childhood songs including  “Me and My Gang” and “First Kiss”, and then into a world of thoughtful songs and ballads including “Michael on the Moor” and “Matthew Sound”, before treating us to a dazzling performance of Gershwin’s “I got Rhythm”. It was a simply stunning performance from beginning to end.

The evening started with three good sets of tunes from the Pit Band, and then songs from Residents Pete Coe, Chris Coe (accompanied by Pete), and Sue Burgess.  After the interval, which served up “Gold Badge” cake courtesy of Johnny Adams, we heard a song from an unexpected visitor, Tom Lewis who was our guest a year ago (read the Review HERE). Tim Edwards then led us in  “John Barleycorn”, and Johnny Adams and Chris Partington played two Northern Hornpipes in a lovely fiddle duet.

A wonderful evening’s entertainment!

Andy Day

** Our next event is the Barn Dance on 17 February at Waring Green with “Our Northern Branch”, caller Benny Graham. Click HERE for more details.

** The guest at the next Folk Club on Wednesday 28 February is Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne. Cohen is an outstanding young singer and musician, who has a huge following around here, so make sure you arrive early to get a seat. Phone Sue Coe on 01422 822569 to reserve tickets. Click HERE for more information.

Johnny Adams – EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 Award

Congratulations to Johnny Adams on his award of the EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 for his services to Folk Music.

All us folk at Ryburn 3 Step are delighted that Johnny Adams has been awarded the EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 for his services to Folk Music.

Johnny Adams – EFDSS Gold Badge Award 2017

Johnny was one of the founder members of Ryburn 3 Step and has worked tirelessly to support and develop the music, dance and song associated with all our activities: the Long Company Mummers, the sessions, the dances, the workshops, the folk club, and as the ever-reliable Musician when the going gets tough. He set up and looks after the R3S website and social media output, has been the voice of R3S on local radio, and has recorded much R3S activity, ensuring a rich archive for future enthusiasts.

Read Johnny’s EFDSS Gold Badge citation HERE….

Alistair Anderson, Chair of the EFDSS Board, said “All of this year’s recipients have played important roles in their individual fields. They have helped to inspire, to support and to inform generations of folk artists and fans, making significant contributions to the continuing strength and vitality of traditional English folk arts. We are delighted to recognize them with these prestigious awards.” (EFDSS website)

Johnny Adams – EFDSS Gold Badge Award 2017

As a highly regarded musician, performer, recording artist, and producer of some fifty years standing, and with many successful collaborations to his name, not the least of which are with his good lady Chris Coe, Johnny has represented Ryburn 3 Step in the national and international arena. He co-founded (with Chris Partington) the Village Music Project, which researches 18th and 19th century dance music, he coordinates the support group for the archive of the folklorist and collector Doc Rowe, and was director of the Paul Graney Archive of recordings made in the North-West of England between the 1950s and the 1980s which is now housed at Manchester Central Library.

From 1998 to 2008 he was on the National Council of EFDSS, during which time he worked to formalise the Society’s web presence, including instituting the first online shop.