The Grand New Years Eve Dance for 2020, on 31 December 2019 at the Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse attracted a full house of enthusiastic dancers. It was especially good to see so many family groups enjoying a warm and friendly party with dancing and plenty of hygge (!) on New Years Eve.
Music was provided by the Black Box Big Band, which comprised Johnny Adams and Chris Partington on fiddles, Chris Coe on hammer dulcimer, Alice Jones on keyboard, Michael Beeke on tuba and English bagpipes, and Andy Day on concertina. El maestro Pete Coe compéred the evening and called the dances, occasionally adding a melodeon into the mix. Altogether a powerful sound was created to drive a range of English country dances including some created by schools (Zetland Circle Dance, Athelstan’s Crown) some written by Pete (Heartbreaker) and many other old favourites from around the country (Cumberland Long Eight, Westfield Four Star and Nottingham Swing to name but a few).
Michael Beeke played in the New Year on English Bagpipes with Auld Lang Syne. (And did you know that the Great Pipes do not have the range necessary to play the Scottish tune to the song but that Michael’s English pipes do?)
Many thanks to all the dancers who came and supported Ryburn 3 Step in a fantastic night to start the New Year, and especially those who stayed at the end of the night to help clear up. And thanks to the Ryburn 3 Step musicians, committee and supporters whose efforts culminate in terrific evenings like this. Happy New Year everybody!!
Steve Jones, 1 January 2020