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Sara Grey & Kieron Means at the Ryburn Folk Club on 29 May

Interested in traditional songs & ballads from the USA? Come along to hear Sara Grey and Kieron Means on their 2019 UK national tour.

Kieron Means & Sara Grey

Sara Grey and her son Kieron Means play American music: old-time ballads, cowboy songs and Primitive Methodist hymns amongst others.
“Sara’s unique frailing banjo style and Kieron’s blues-inflected guitar are in perfect harmony and this, instinctive, family symbiosis is what sets them apart.” (Clive Pownseby, Bothy Folk Club)

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Sara and Kieran at The Ryburn Folk Club, at the Malthouse, Ripponden near Halifax, West Yorkshire HX6 4QB.
Doors open 7.00pm, tunes from the Pit Band 7.45, Residents and floor singers start the evening at 8pm sharp, and the Guests usually start about 8.30. After an interval at about 9.15 the second half follows with Residents, floor singers, and the Guests, finishing about 10.45pm.
Pay at the door, Admission £9.


REVIEW -“HERE AT THE FAIR” at Ripponden Victoria Hall on Sunday 28 April.

“Here at the Fair” – Ripponden 28 April 2019

Ryburn 3 Step was proud to present the first performance of the year of the new Mick Ryan Folk Musical, “Here at the Fair”.
Set in a travelling show in the 1850s, the play reveals the humour and hardship in the life stories of an engaging group of fairground entertainers and contains 20 original songs by Mick Ryan. Here are a couple of photos of the performance – it was great!


“Here at the Fair” Finale – Ripponden 28 April 2019



REVIEW – Dick Miles at the Ryburn Folk Club on 24 April
I haven’t heard Dick Miles performing for many years and was delighted to see and hear him again last week. He sang a few songs unaccompanied, but mostly he accompanied his singing on the concertina or banjo in a style which was both interesting and appropriate.

Dick Miles – Ryburn, April 2019. Photo: Andy Day

We heard many songs that aren’t often heard sung nowadays: “Windy old weather”, “Adieu sweet lovely Nancy”, “The little ball of yarn”, and “Keep that wheel a-turning”, to name a few. There was an unusual version of “Hopping down in Kent”, and excellent versions of “Just as the tide was flowing”, “William o’ Winsbury” and “Loving Hannah”. I particularly enjoyed “Sally free and easy” with its interesting concertina accompaniment sounding like a submarine engine (I say that because Dick explained that Cyril Tawney had written the song with submarines in mind). Finally Dick finished with the most unusual choice of “Nicotine Girl”, a popular song from 1964 in the Norfolk dialect by Allan Smethurst, a.k.a “The Singing Postman”. Takes you back, but an excellent choice for Dick’s closing song.
Andy Day