Virtual House concert -Jim Woodland

8.00pm Wednesday 27th October 2021

Jim is a singer songwriter who describes his career thus:

“Did street theatre and cabaret, wrote plays and shows for theatre companies and sketches for comedians. I’ve written every song that’s been asked of me and I’ve been rewarded.” 

 Among his credits are songs that he has written for the Mikron Theatre Company.  Visit Jim’s website for more detail

The usual rules apply:

Zoom session joining details will be emailed the day before the gig

Virtual doors open at 8:00.  Half an hour of songs from the floor then Jim will play from 8:30 for about an hour

A short break will be followed by an opportunity to request songs and address Jim directly .

We do not charge for the Virtual Concerts but ask you to give what you can afford. Details about where to transfer cash will be provided nearer the date with the joining instructions.

Email ( or ring Sue Coe 01422 822569 to reserve a screen

Virtual house concert – doug eunson & sarah matthews

Doug and Sarah are a well-established force in Derbyshire folk circles and have been playing English acoustic folk music together since 1995. They sing in superb harmony with melodeon and fiddle/viola accompaniment.

“They choose their material with care and craft their arrangements with style and intuitive elegance, playing English and European dance music and drawing on some of the finest English folk song repertoire”

There is no set fee for the Ryburn 3 Step virtual concerts but you are encouraged to show your appreciation of the guest performers by purchasing their CDs and/or making a generous donation. Details of how to donate will be included in the email containing the Zoom joining instructions which you will receive just before the concert.

To reserve a screen for the concert, please send an email to or phone Sue Coe on 01422 822569

Virtual doors open at 8pm on Wednesday 29th September

Another Virtual Dance!

After the success of our last dance, we have decided to try it again on Saturday 26th June, this time with a Ryburn Three Step band and caller Pete Coe.

As with the last occasion, we will start at 7.30pm and continue until 9.00 To reserve a place, please email and you will receive joining instructions.

It really was a lot of fun, even for those who danced with teddy bears, ironing boards and a surprising variety of significant others…

Virtual House concert – 30th June – Jim Causley

Next in our popular series of house concerts will take place on Wednesday 30th June, when Jim Causley will be zooming in to entertain us. Jim is well-known to many of us as a frequent performer at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK.

His many collaborations and projects include composing the music for a BBC4 programme about Charles Causley and creating an album of his children’s poetry; appearing as Devil’s Interval with last month’s guest, Emily Portman and Lauren McCormick; and, of course, at the Radio 2 Party in the Park in 2018.

Please email or ring 01422 823099 or 01422 822569 to book a screen

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.

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley