All posts by Andy Day

Review – Nick Dow – 29 July 2020

Nick Dow is blessed with one of the best Folk voices I’ve ever heard, and over the 40 years that he has been singing he just seems to get better and better! Last night at our Virtual House Concert he was on top form and gave us a wonderful performance from his home; many of the songs I haven’t heard anywhere else. They were beautifully sung, his guitar accompaniments effortless and the introductions were informative and entertaining.

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. He also has a recent CD available, ‘In a Garden Grove‘.

Once again, Ryburn Folk Clib Residents Tim Edwards and Sue Burgess gave us a couple of songs each at the start. Thank you both.

Andy Day

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.

Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp

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.

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.