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Have a good summer, see you in September

Ryburn 3 Step  is now taking a break for the summer while we go off to festivals, holidays, and just generally enjoy the fine weather. Our 2018 -19 season of events kicks off on September 26th with Chris Foster as the guest at the Ryburn Folk Club.

The last event of our 2017/18 session was the Nobles on Wednesday 27 June. If we didn’t see you there, we hope you have a pleasant summer.  Thanks for your support during 2017 – 18 and we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn for our next season of Folk Clubs, Dances, Workshops and Concerts.

During the summer you can see Ryburn Longsword dancing out:
21 – 22 July – Littleborough Rushcart
28 – 29 July – Durham Folk Weekend
1 – 2 September – Sowerby Bridge Rushcart.

On Wednesday 15th August we will welcome Riley Baugus, on a rare visit to the UK from the USA, to perform in a House Concert at 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden. Places are limited to 20 so please phone Pete Coe on 01422 822569 to book.

Our Traditional Music Session at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, continues every Monday evening from 9pm throughout the summer. Come along and join in, or just come to listen and enjoy the music (and beer).

The Nobles

The Nobles (William, Cuthbert, and Lydia) who were our last guests at the Ryburn Folk Club on 27 June are a family of dry stone wallers and traditional folk singers from West Yorkshire. We were delighted to welcome them to the Ryburn Folk Club, we had a boisterous evening packed with great chorus singing, plus the bonus of our wonderful residents.

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.