Review – Virtual Session with Lewis Wood

Lewis Wood

In these times of Covid-19 Lockdown there is every Monday evening, an online gathering (via Zoom) of local musicians who in normal times would be meeting and playing in the lovely traditional surroundings of the Old Bridge Inn, in Ripponden. Every now and then we’re inviting performing musicians to join us and talk about their work and playing. Last night, 22 June, we invited Lewis Wood to join us.

22 people tuned in from various places in the UK listen to Lewis talk about his latest project ‘Footworks’, about stepdancing in the various regions of England and the tunes he has written in a regional style for stepdancers to dance to. His playing was perfect, and got at least one of the viewers dancing in her own kitchen! Lewis’ tunes were new yet old, totally appropriate for the regional step dances and very impressive.

Lewis had planned to start recording his ‘Footwork’ CD in March, but Lockdown put a stop to that. Now that restrictions are easing he is starting to find a way to get together with his selected stepdancers for the recording, and you can help him by pre-ordering the ‘Footwork’ CD HERE. And if you would like to keep in touch with Lewis as he progresses with the project, he has set up a ‘Patreon’ page, to which you can subscribe HERE. It includes information on the regional styles, conversations with the dancers and experts, demos of the tracks and traditional music for people to dance to at home if they wish.

While the ‘audience’ were joining, the OBsessionnaires played a few tunes and we had a bit of a chat to try and get some sort of ‘togetherness’. Not the same as being in the Old Bridge Inn, but a lot better than nothing.

This was the third of Ryburn 3 Step’s ‘Virtual Sessions’ using Zoom which are providing a way for us to provide music and song that friends and colleagues can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. They help us keep in touch with our community and, importantly, support singers and musicians who have lost a considerable part of their income from live performances and concerts. The next one will be Nick Dow on Wednesday 29 July, more information HERE.

We’ll post news of more ‘virtual activities’ here on our Website, and we hope to ‘see’ you with us online soon!
If you are interested in our ‘Traditional Music Virtual Session’ on Monday evenings, please click HERE to go to the webpage.

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