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31 January – Grant Baynham at the R3S Folk Club

Witty and topical songs from “That’s Life” and beyond!

Our next guest at the Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club at the Malthouse in Rishworth is Grant Baynham on 31st January.

Grant Baynham has been modestly described as the funniest songwriter and best acoustic guitarist ever!  He’s best known as a co-presenter on “That’s Life” and we are looking forward to seeing how he copes with the Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club and its discerning audience and super talented residents.

We expect to be impressed by his guitar playing and to have a bit of a laugh at his humorous songs, so if you need cheering up in the wintry mood of January 2018 – DON’T MISS GRANT BAYNHAM!

Click on the image to watch Grant performing “Me and my gang” on YouTube.

 

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Long Company Mummers 2018

The Long Company Mummers completed their 4 performances of 2018, welcoming in the New Year at the Golden Lion in Todmorden, the Hogs Head in Sowerby Bridge, The Alma in Cottonstones, and the Old bridge Inn in Ripponden. Despite the heavy rain for the first two performances, and the freezing temperatures for the other two, many people turned out at each venue to watch. The play started each night at 8pm prompt, and was followed by seasonal music, songs, and jollity in the pubs afterwards which brought enjoyment to all. Once again the Long Company thanks the staff for welcoming us to their pubs for these traditional English seasonal performances.

Many thanks to all who came to see the 2018 New Year in with Long Company. Cheering, booing, heckling, singing, dancing, playing – however you took part – thank you.
Now we’ll see what the rest of the year will bring.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Donations from The Long Company’s collections after each performance have been made to iCE, a Zambian water aid charity, and a local charity (St Bartholomew’s in Ripponden).

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New Years Eve Barn Dance 31 January 2017 – Review

Ryburn 3 Step danced away the final few hours of 2017 with a thoroughly enjoyable barn dance at the Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse.

As usual, the band was the Black Box Big Band which featured Black Box regulars Chris Partington (fiddle), Alice Jones (piano) and Steve Harrison (melodeon) ably supported by Johnny Adams (fiddle), Chris Coe (hammer dulcimer) and Michael Beeke (tuba and bagpipes).

A sell-out crowd was treated to a host of familiar tunes played with verve and imagination including terrific versions of the Curlew and the Kirkgate Hornpipe (for the dance Clopton Bridge), Tommy Beadles and Earl Grey (for the Westfield Four Star) and Trip to Knaresborough and The Ball (for the Zetland Circle Dance).

Pete Coe called the dances, pairing dances with the same formation (e.g. four couple longwise sets, four couple square sets) thereby encouraging dancers to stay on the dance floor. Dancers required little encouragment and the floor was full, even for the clapping dances.

Starting with the Boston Two Step and ending with Soldier’s Joy, Pete ran through a series of well-known and popular dances including the Morpeth Rant, Cumberland Long Eight, Holmfirth Square and Flying Scotsman. He also included a couple of dances created in schools under his tutelage, the Zetland Circle dance and Athelstan’s Crown.

The New Year was heralded by the singing of the Wassail Song and greeted with everyone on the dance floor, joining hands and singing Auld Lang Syne led by Michael Beeke on bagpipes.

At the end of the night there was universal approval of the venue and rousing cheers for the band and loud applause for the caller. It will be another twelve months before the next New Year’s Eve dance but for those who cannot wait that long, there are Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dances every third Saturday most months of the year.

Steve Jones

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 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.

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.

CONGRATULATIONS JOHNNY.