Workshops & No Pressure Sessions

R3S dulcimer workshop – Photo: Sue Coe

Ryburn 3 Step has, throughout its existence, been committed to helping people discover their abilities to sing, to dance, to play and to understand the richness of the folk and traditional culture which has defined our lives over the centuries and continues to do so in the modern world.

To this end, we offer a range of activities both regular and occasional to help people of all ages discover their abilities, learn something new, get some exercise or just have a good time in a pleasant social setting.

‘No Pressure Sessions’ – friendly fortnightly sessions for less confident musicians.

A notable feature of many UK Folk Festivals is the guided session as promoted by the Tuneworks group at Warwick, Shrewsbury and Bromyard. These sessions cater for beginners and intermediate level players, are generally located in the bar and are very, very popular.
Ryburn 3 Step has been running something similar under the guise of the “No Pressure” session which meets fortnightly in the “shop” at 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden, home of EFDSS Golden Couple Pete and Sue Coe. The idea of the session is to provide a “safe” place to play tunes with other musicians and develop confidence in playing your chosen instrument.

We have musicians of varying ability playing a range of instruments. We try to leave no-one behind so sometimes we play very slowly, particularly when we are learning a new tune. Some of us have difficulty memorising tunes so sheet music is provided in a “No Pressure Session” Tunebook – HERE which you can bring to the session and consult. Suggestions for new tunes to learn are welcomed and in order to prepare for the following session a list is circulated which suggests tunes to play, so those who want to, can practice them. View the index of tunes HERE.

In normal times the “No Pressure” session meets fortnightly on Fridays at 103 Oldham Road Ripponden, HX6 4EB from 8:00 to 9:45 p.m. with a brief break for a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

If you would like to come and join us at the “No Pressure Session”, please get in touch with Steve Jones or phone 01422 823099.

Workshop Days:
There have been dozens of workshop days over the years. People have gathered together to learn tunes, learn an instrument, sing, write or accompany songs, or learn a style of dancing – clog, flat footing and more. Our last one was on the topic of hornpipes, in November 2018.

Weekly workshops / practice sessions – at 103 Oldham Road:
Tuesday: Appalachian step dancing;
Wednesday: Traditional Longsword dancing;
Thursday: Singing.

Fortnightly – at 103 Oldham Road: “No Pressure Tune Session”, 8.00 – 9.45pm.

Monthly – at 103 Oldham Road: Ryburn Ukelele Group.

For more information phone 01422 822569 (dancing) or 01422 822413 (singing) or 01422 823099 (playing).

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley