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 .
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Happy New Year to you all. For the last 25 years or so, the Long Company has brought its atmospheric Mummers play to pubs around Calderdale on the first few days of the new year.Sadly, we have had to cancel this year’s performances .However, we have planned some Mummers activity to remind ourselves of the great performances and cracking pub sessions that have taken place over the years.
This evening’s offering is an illustrated presentation by Pete Coe on the origins of the Long Company and the distinctive features of our play. This will take place live at 8 pm (via Zoom, details below) lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity to talk to Pete about the Long Company, his own recollections of the Mummers in his native Cheshire and any other issues you would like to raise.
No registration required, just click on the URL or type in the ID and Password. (Any problems, please contact Sue Coe on 01422 822569 or email@example.com).
Other activities are planned for Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings brought to you through our Youtube channel. Full details to follow shortly.
Pete’s presentation is one of a range of topics covered by the International Mummers Symposium that starts this morning (Jan 2nd) and runs to early Monday evening. To find out more, go to http://mummersfestival.org/Here are the joining codes for Pete’s presentation, hope to see you at 8pm this evening Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88958832963… Meeting ID: 889 5883 2963 Passcode: 046412
An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley