Ryburn Folk Club Update

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.

Ryburn Folk Club – 26th January 2022

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.

Some samples on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybMuzSKxL8k   Sue Burgess sings “The Handsome Lass”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT7XmFyyyRE   Peter and Barbara Snapes sing The lawyer kept a milking of the cow’ & ‘Face to the Wall’

Bring the New Year In – Long Company Mummers

2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th January 2022 – 8pm

The Long Company will perform its colourful Mummers play again in these pubs to “Bring the New Year In”

  • Sunday January 2nd 2022; The Golden Lion, Todmorden OL14 6LZ
  • Monday January 3rd 2022; The Fleece, Elland HX5 0BB
  • Wednesday January 5th 2022; Hogs Head, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AH
  • Thursday January 6th 2022; The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden HX6 4DF

The six characters, Old King Christmas, Saint George, the Prince of Paradine, Common Jack , the Doctor and Beelzebub , in brightly coloured costumes and tall headpieces, declaim their lines both old and new.  Themes of good versus evil, treachery, deceit, heroism and poverty are played out, introduced by the jovial spirit of the season, Old King Christmas. (Videos of previous performances HERE)

We are fairly confident that the Mummers play will go ahead, unaffected by any new restrictions the government introduces.  However, the music, song and dance session in the pub after the play may be at risk.  We understand that people will have differing views on where they feel safe and what they can do to reduce the chances of getting infected and infecting others.  This can only be settled on the night by those present so bring your instrument, your song (seasonal or funny) and yourself.

New years eve ceilidh – cancelled

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the event due to fears about your safety from exposure to Covid 19 viruses, particularly the Omicron variant. 

We also have a duty of care towards our band of musicians and other volunteers who help in staging events like this.

We are sorry to disrupt your New Year plans but hope you have a pleasant and prosperous 2022 

We’re Back!!

At last, we are going to meet up face-to-face at some new events over the next month or so.

Covid Precautions at all events: If you have Covid symptoms, please stay at home. We will provide masks and hand sanitiser and facilitate social distancing. In all venues, we may need to open windows to improve air circulation, so wrap up warm.

The Folk Club Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday 15th December at the Hollins Mill, 12 Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG. The party starts at 8pm and there will be no admission charge.

As usual, entertainment will be provided by the excellent Ryburn Folk Club residents and regulars with perhaps a guest appearance or two. If you would like to perform, please send the title, description (seasonal /humorous /both etc) and its approximate length to ryburn3step@gmail.com

The New Year’s Eve Ceilidh will take place At Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AX (the actual entrance is on Marion St). The dance will start at 8pm as usual and finish at about 12.30 in 2022. There is no bar at Waring Green, so don’t forget to bring your drinks/snacks/crackers with you

Admission Prices: Children under 12: free. Students in full-time education £5. Everyone else £10

Music will be provided by the Black Box Band and the caller will be Sue Coe.

Tickets must be booked beforehand. To book, send an email to ryburn3step@gmail.com and we will send you a payment link with instructions.

Ryburn Longsword are resuming their weekly practices on Wednesday 12th January 2022 in the upstairs room of the Community Centre in Ripponden. If you would like to give it a go, this is the time to do it, as we can’t remember the dances either, so everyone will be starting from scratch! Please contact Liz Cryer at ryburn3step@gmail.com or on 07908 142201

And finally, Long Company Mummers are out again.

Last but not least we are delighted to confirm the dates of the Long Company Mummers play. 

The Mummers, in their huge, brightly-coloured costumes and headgear will present their ancient play at the following venues around Calderdale:

  • Sunday 2nd January – The Golden Lion, Todmorden OL14 6LZ
  • Monday 3rd January – The Fleece, Elland, HX5 0BB
  • Wednesday 5th January – The Hogs Head, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2AH
  • Thursday 6th January – The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, HX6 4DF

The plays begin at 8.00 and last for approximately half an hour and are usually (covid willing) followed by a session of seasonal songs and tunes in the pub afterwards. You will be very welcome to join in.

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  https://jimwoodlandsongs.com/

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 ( ryburn3step@gmail.com) 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 ryburn3step@gmail.com 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 ryburn3step@gmail.com 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 ryburn3step@gmail.com 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 ryburn3step@gmail.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.


An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley