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Sunjay at the Ryburn Folk Club 30th May 2018

Blues and beyond, and nimble fingers on guitar.

We are delighted to welcome Sunjay to the Ryburn Folk Club on Wednesday 30 May. Sunjay’s music drifts between folk and blues with huge flair and he is recognised for his talent in both: he made the final selection for the BBC Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.


Sunjay started playing the guitar when he was 4 years old. His style is relaxed and he plays with a confident vocal style and mastery of his instrument.  His performances have been described as “mature and confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate and faultless”.  Sunjay has four albums  to his name: ‘Seems So Real’ 2011, ‘One Night Only’ 2013, ‘Sunjay’ 2014), and “Black & Blues” 2015.

More info on Sunjay:

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 before introducing the main guest artists presenting an informal, purely acoustic concert of folk music. We finish by 11pm.
Admission is £9 (£8 concessions).

Click HERE for full information.

OTHER NEWS from Ryburn 3 Step:

Ryburn Longsword danced at Southport Sword’s 50th anniversary gathering on Sunday 20 May. Read about it HERE.


Our 2017 – 18 Barn Dance and Village Dance programme has now ended, and we’ll start the 2018 – 19 season in September. We’ll publish the programme towards the end of the summer when we’ve booked all the bands and callers.

Before then, our friend, parkin-chef, and dance junkie Dave Webster has organised another charity fundraising dance on June 2nd at the Slaithwaite Civic Hall starting at 8 p.m. and featuring the Black Box Band with caller Sue Coe.

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.