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Lewis Wood’s Footwork Live!

Wednesday September 7th 2022, 7pm – 9pm

Denshaw Village Hall, (Ripponden Road, OL3 5SY)

Admission £12 (£6 for those in full-time education and under 12s free) with a break for non-alcoholic refreshments. Session planned afterwards – bring your instrument or dance shoes

Footwork is part concert, part dance display and part geography lesson. Georgia Lewis is the narrator and she guides us through the different styles of percussive dance that are still found all over England. Toby Bennett and Simon Harmer will dazzle you with their wonderful clogging and stepping; Lewis Wood and Aaron Horlock will play the tunes specially written by Lewis and faithful to the style of the dance.

Youtube video here…

Not only will the evening be entertaining but there other good reasons to join us. Firstly, it is a tour de force, researched, composed and performed by Lewis Wood and his cast, intended to spread awareness of the many regional variations of these dance styles. Secondly, we will be supporting a valued but underused village hall at a time when venues for live music are declining.

So, we would love to see you on September 7th but if it doesn’t sound like your “thing” please will you tell any friends who might be interested.

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’

Virtual House Concert – Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham – 26th May 2021

This month’s guests are Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham from Derbyshire. Keith and Sylvia sing a wide variety of English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs particularly maritime songs and sea shanties. In normal times, they perform all over the UK, Europe and the world.

As soloists, each has a very wide-ranging repertoire. Their strong voices and uncannily compatible and complementary delivery produce some striking harmonies. They also accompany themselves and play lively dance tunes on three different systems of the only English-invented musical instrument – the concertina.

This should be a great evening with lots to sing along with and enjoy.

To join, please email Joining instructions will be sent to you shortly before the concert. 

These events are free but we do ask that you donate to the performers (details available on the night) if you are able to do so.


Hooray – We’re having a Zoom Dance

It’s been an awfully long time since we had a Ryburn Three Step dance at Waring Green Community Centre – February 2020, to be exact! It still seems unlikely that we’ll be able to get together for some time, so we are going to try virtual ceilidh at last.

So – we have organised a Zoom dance on Saturday 17th April. The caller will be Nancy Potts, who has spent lockdown working on re-imagined dances suitable for dancing at home with partners, family or cuddly toys. Live music will be provided by other members of her family, Diane Moody and Gordon Potts (Committee Band/Panjandrum etc), who certainly know a thing or two about playing for dancing.

We won’t be charging for admission but we do encourage attendees to make a donation to Nancy – these are difficult times for musicians, as you know. Details of how to do this will be included in the joining email which you will receive shortly before the dance.

Virtual doors will open at 7.15 ready to start at 7.30 and we will aim to finish the dance at 9.00.

Please email to book a screen.

See you there!

Virtual House Concert – Emily Portman 28 April 2021

Emily Portman is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician who has received many awards and nominations. As well as her solo work, she has collaborated with artists including the Furrow Collective, Rob Harbron and the Modern Jazz and Folk Ensemble. You can catch up with her work on her Facebook page HERE.

The event will begin at 8.00pm with songs from Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club regulars and Emily’s concert will begin at approximately 8.30pm.

To reserve a screen, either email or phone 01422 822569. Joining Instructions for Zoom will be sent to you shortly before the event.

There is no charge for these concerts but we do encourage you to donate what you can afford to the artists (details will be in joining email) and to purchase their CDs and merchandise.

PARADINE LOST – (with Apologies to Milton)

Each year perfidious Paradine and heroic St George fight for supremacy but although Paradine always wins the battle, he never wins the war.
Whilst St George is reputed to win the fair lady there is more to the story than is immediately obvious.
This Long Company video monologue tells something of the back story behind this warring pair, in a style owing a little to Marriott Edgar but not so much to the traditional legend.

The piece premieres on YouTube at 8pm (UT) on January 5th.

Click on this link to view at the appropriate time.

A view from inside

This year, in the absence of an opportunity to perform our Long Company play as accustomed, we give you an insight into the minds of some of our characters.

Find out what Old King Christmas thinks about modern Christmas, how St George hopes to combat new threats, how the prince of Paradine feels a little under-appreciated, what angers Common Jack, and how the Doctor sees his place in the new order of things.

Our video will premiere at 8pm on Sunday January 2nd when we would normally be at The Hogshead in Sowerby Bridge or perhaps The Fleece in Elland. As it is we’re outside the YouTube Arms and you’re welcome to join us for an alternative view of the world seen through the eyes of the Long Company characters.

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Happy New Year.