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Come along and join us for a great pre-Christmas dance at the Victoria Hall in Ripponden on 14 December.
The Barley Cote Band will be playing and Rosie Bryce will be calling the dances.

Click HERE for more information

Venue – the Victoria Hall in Ripponden HX6 4BG.
7.30pm start, finish around 10.30pm.
Entry price: Adults £9, children 12 and under free if accompanied by an adult, students over 13 in full-time education £5.
You can buy tickets at the door, or order them in advance by phoning Sue Coe on 01422 822569, or emailing

The Victoria Hall has a licensed bar and comfortable seating for a great social evening – even if you don’t want to dance much!
Tea, coffee, and cakes made by the members of Ryburn Longsword will be available for a donation.

Christmas Broadsides at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax on 13 – 15 December

Alice Jones

Another local event to enjoy on the run-up to Christmas this year is Christmas Broadsides at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough,Halifax.
Ripponden-based Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Alice Jones is presenting and performing a celebration of Christmas with a Northern Broadsides twist on 13 – 15 December at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax. Also performing at the event will be musicians from other cultures who have been recently granted asylum in Halifax.
More information HERE

Folk Club Christmas Party – Wednesday 18 December

All Residents, floor singers,  musicians, regulars, angels, friends, Romans, and countrymen are invited to join us at the Malthouse in Rishworth on Wednesday 18 December, starting at 7.45pm.

As usual, we do not book a guest for the December Folk Club, instead we  have a Christmas Party and invite residents and regular folk club attenders to perform a spot. You can come along as normal to enjoy party, but if you would like to perform please call Steve Jones on 01422 823099, or email

We would like the pieces to be seasonal, humorous or just generally ‘in the spirit’ and for them to last less than 5 minutes. Please get in touch asap if you want to perform and let us have the title, composer / author, a very brief description and the approximate length of time the piece lasts.

More information HERE


The Ryburn 3 Step Grand New Year’s Eve Barn Dance 2019 will see the Old Year out and the New Year in with the Black Box Big Band and caller Pete Coe at the Waring Green Community Centre.

This event has always been hugely popular, so as usual, it will be Ticket Only.
You can buy Tickets at the Ryburn Folk Club:
27 November – Susan & Dana Robinson;
and the December Christmas Party ( 18 December).
Or at the Ryburn Barn Dance on 14 December at the Victoria Hall Ripponden – the Barley Cote Band & Rosie Bryce.

Or you can get tickets from Sue Coe – phone 01422 822569    or email

More information HERE
We look forward to seeing you there.

REVIEW – Dance with Sue Coe and Morgan Rattler 16 November 2019

The November 2019 Barn Dance at Waring Green Community Centre was refreshingly well-attended with many of our regular dancers plus a contingent from Brighouse who were new to ceilidh dancing. It was a lovely evening for all.

Photo: Steve Jones

Caller for the evening was Ryburn 3 Step stalwart Sue Coe. Sue has bags of experience of calling dances for dancers of varying ability and confidence.
The evening’s dancers needed no encouragement. Sue chose to call dances that the children and the less experienced adults were readily able to learn (the list is below) and which were also interesting to dance..

Music was provided by two thirds of Morgan Rattler which comprised Gordon Tyrrall on guitar and flute and Robin Shepherd on melodeon and fiddle (but not at the same time). However, there was a note of consternation when Gordon looped his guitar and started to play the flute as there then appeared to be more instruments in the mix that there were band members! Interesting.
Many of the tunes were old favourites from the English tune repertoire (including the eponymous “Morgan Rattler”) and some were from other parts of the UK, all played with precision and plenty of lift which was great for the dancers.

So, another good night with well-chosen dances and terrific musicianship brought to you by Ryburn 3 Step. Next month’s Barn Dance is a Village Dance in Ripponden at the Victoria Hall on December 14th starting at 7:30. More detail on our website HERE

Included in the dances Sue called were:
Circassian Circle
Cumberland Long Eight
Grapevine Twist
Buttered Peas
Holmfirth Square
The Circle Waltz
Nottingham Swing
Barley Break
Soldiers Joy
Cumberland Square Eight

Steve Jones

REVIEW: The Road to Peterloo at the Square Chapel in Halifax Sunday 3 November 2019

Pete Coe, Laura Smyth, and Brian Peters presented “The Road to Peterloo” at the Square Chapel in Halifax on Sunday 3 November to a full house.
In contemporary broadsheet ballads and tunes, these three consummate performers took the audience through historical events leading up to the fateful meeting on 16 August 1819, the hope and despair of the day itself, and then the aftermath. Powerful stuff.

Find out more about ‘The Road To Peterloo’, the CD & reviews, on