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Ryburn Folk Club – Jess & Richard Arrowsmith

Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are singers and musicians (fiddle & melodeon) and well established in the traditional English music scene. 

They bring you powerful vocals, subtle accompaniments, lively tunes and a broad range of material that will have you laughing, weeping, tapping your feet and joining in the choruses. Jess’s self-penned songs have been performed and recorded by a range of other artists and are entering the tradition in their own right.

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Jess & Richard’s latest project in conjunction with James Fagan & Nancy Kerr as the Melrose Quartet earned them a nomination for “Best Group” at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards.

Other projects past & present include Hekety, Glorystrokes, Crucible and Pecsaetan.

Ryburn Longsword – May Day 2022

May Day was one of the major festivals of the Celts in Britain, representing the first day of summer and has been celebrated all over the country ever since.

Finally, after two years of lockdown, Ryburn Longsword will be dancing together in the real world, rather than virtually, to to bring up the sun at dawn on May 1st 2022.

If you would like to watch, we dance at the far end of the Scammonden bridge over the M62 motorway at approximately 5.32.

If you would like to join Ryburn Longsword, please contact Liz Cryer by email on or by phone 07908 142201

Ryburn Folk Club – Kimber’s Men

27th April, 8pm

Audiences everywhere rave over the harmonies of local shanty singers, Kimber’s Men.

They have appeared at Festivals in Ostende, Appingedam, Portmagee, Portsoy, Fano in Denmark, and all over the UK.  Featured twice on Sunday brunch for Channel 4, they also starred in the BBC production of Sea Songs, with Gareth Malone.

Expect to laugh, sing and be generally entertained.

Ryburn Folk Club – 23rd February 2022

23rd February 2022 – Simon Robinson

Simon is a fine singer of Old Time Songs, accompanying himself on banjo, guitar & dulcimer.

He is based in Leeds, where he has been running online sessions throughout lockdown, recording several CDs, teaching & working with children.  He was an outstanding music student at Huddersfield University and a member of contemporary folk band MAIA who regularly filled venues like The Brudenell in Leeds or The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.

You’ll find him on Facebook, Youtube & Bandcamp & his CDs, The Wandering Boy & When The Sun Goes In .

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Ryburn Folk Club Update

Following the success of our Christmas ‘Do’ and the January Folk Club, we have decided to continue with face-to-face sessions. See the Events page for details of upcoming Club guests.

Each month, there is a featured guest supported by an all-star cast of resident singers, many of whom are well-known performers in their own right.

We start at about 7.45pm with a few tunes, followed by a few songs from Residents before the first set from the guest(s). After a short interval (and raffle), we hear more from the Residents and the final set from the guest finishing at about 10.45.

Ryburn Folk Club – 26th January 2022

Our next Ryburn Folk Club will take place on Wednesday January 26th at 8pm in the Hollins Mill pub in Sowerby Bridge HX6 2QG.

This month, we are delighted to present some old friends in a new combination.

Sue Burgess, one of our hugely talented residents, will join with Peter and Barbara Snape to give us a ‘taster’ of their new collaboration (together with Brian Peters) as The Gilchrist Collective.

Expect some Lancashire songs collected by Anne Gilchrist, some of the Snapes’ ever-popular repertoire – and introducing Sweet Briar, the new harmony duo of Barbara and Sue!

Admission is £5.
Please will you observe sensible precautions to avoid infecting or being infected with coronavirus such as social distancing, wearing a mask when moving about, and staying at home if you have symptoms.

Some samples on YouTube:   Sue Burgess sings “The Handsome Lass”   Peter and Barbara Snapes sing The lawyer kept a milking of the cow’ & ‘Face to the Wall’

Bring the New Year In – Long Company Mummers

2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th January 2022 – 8pm

The Long Company will perform its colourful Mummers play again in these pubs to “Bring the New Year In”

  • Sunday January 2nd 2022; The Golden Lion, Todmorden OL14 6LZ
  • Monday January 3rd 2022; The Fleece, Elland HX5 0BB
  • Wednesday January 5th 2022; Hogs Head, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AH
  • Thursday January 6th 2022; The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden HX6 4DF

The six characters, Old King Christmas, Saint George, the Prince of Paradine, Common Jack , the Doctor and Beelzebub , in brightly coloured costumes and tall headpieces, declaim their lines both old and new.  Themes of good versus evil, treachery, deceit, heroism and poverty are played out, introduced by the jovial spirit of the season, Old King Christmas. (Videos of previous performances HERE)

We are fairly confident that the Mummers play will go ahead, unaffected by any new restrictions the government introduces.  However, the music, song and dance session in the pub after the play may be at risk.  We understand that people will have differing views on where they feel safe and what they can do to reduce the chances of getting infected and infecting others.  This can only be settled on the night by those present so bring your instrument, your song (seasonal or funny) and yourself.

New years eve ceilidh – cancelled

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the event due to fears about your safety from exposure to Covid 19 viruses, particularly the Omicron variant. 

We also have a duty of care towards our band of musicians and other volunteers who help in staging events like this.

We are sorry to disrupt your New Year plans but hope you have a pleasant and prosperous 2022 

We’re Back!!

At last, we are going to meet up face-to-face at some new events over the next month or so.

Covid Precautions at all events: If you have Covid symptoms, please stay at home. We will provide masks and hand sanitiser and facilitate social distancing. In all venues, we may need to open windows to improve air circulation, so wrap up warm.

The Folk Club Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday 15th December at the Hollins Mill, 12 Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG. The party starts at 8pm and there will be no admission charge.

As usual, entertainment will be provided by the excellent Ryburn Folk Club residents and regulars with perhaps a guest appearance or two. If you would like to perform, please send the title, description (seasonal /humorous /both etc) and its approximate length to

The New Year’s Eve Ceilidh will take place At Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AX (the actual entrance is on Marion St). The dance will start at 8pm as usual and finish at about 12.30 in 2022. There is no bar at Waring Green, so don’t forget to bring your drinks/snacks/crackers with you

Admission Prices: Children under 12: free. Students in full-time education £5. Everyone else £10

Music will be provided by the Black Box Band and the caller will be Sue Coe.

Tickets must be booked beforehand. To book, send an email to and we will send you a payment link with instructions.

Ryburn Longsword are resuming their weekly practices on Wednesday 12th January 2022 in the upstairs room of the Community Centre in Ripponden. If you would like to give it a go, this is the time to do it, as we can’t remember the dances either, so everyone will be starting from scratch! Please contact Liz Cryer at or on 07908 142201

And finally, Long Company Mummers are out again.

Last but not least we are delighted to confirm the dates of the Long Company Mummers play. 

The Mummers, in their huge, brightly-coloured costumes and headgear will present their ancient play at the following venues around Calderdale:

  • Sunday 2nd January – The Golden Lion, Todmorden OL14 6LZ
  • Monday 3rd January – The Fleece, Elland, HX5 0BB
  • Wednesday 5th January – The Hogs Head, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2AH
  • Thursday 6th January – The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, HX6 4DF

The plays begin at 8.00 and last for approximately half an hour and are usually (covid willing) followed by a session of seasonal songs and tunes in the pub afterwards. You will be very welcome to join in.