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 ryburn3step@gmail.com 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 ryburn3step@gmail.com 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. https://youtu.be/TaMuiUrQ66o

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.

Find us at https://youtu.be/oFFIIz1pEwE

Happy New Year.

Bring The New Year In

Happy New Year to you all.
For the last 25 years or so, the Long Company has brought its atmospheric Mummers play to pubs around Calderdale on the first few days of the new year.Sadly, we have had to cancel this year’s performances .However, we have planned some Mummers activity to remind ourselves of the great performances and cracking pub sessions that have taken place over the years.

This evening’s offering is an illustrated presentation by Pete Coe on the origins of the Long Company and the distinctive features of our play. This will take place live at 8 pm (via Zoom, details below) lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity to talk to Pete about the Long Company, his own recollections of the Mummers in his native Cheshire and any other issues you would like to raise.

No registration required, just click on the URL or type in the ID and Password. (Any problems, please contact Sue Coe on 01422 822569 or coesue0@gmail.com).

Other activities are planned for Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings brought to you through our Youtube channel. Full details to follow shortly.

Pete’s presentation is one of a range of topics covered by the International Mummers Symposium that starts this morning (Jan 2nd) and runs to early Monday evening. To find out more, go to http://mummersfestival.org/Here are the joining codes for Pete’s presentation, hope to see you at 8pm this evening
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88958832963…
Meeting ID: 889 5883 2963
Passcode: 046412


The English Folk Dance and Song Society has awarded their coveted Gold Badge to Ryburn 3 Step founder member Chris Coe for services to folk music.
 It is awarded to those who have made unique or outstanding contributions to the art or science of folk dance, music or song, and/or those who have given exceptional support in furthering the aims of the Society.

Chris has been a key member of the Ryburn 3 Step team, contributing to the folk club, barn dance, singing group, and the clog dance group for as long as R3S has been in existence. As an artist and designer she was instrumental in designing the distinctive Ryburn Longsword costumes and also painted the Sowerby Bridge Rushcart front cloth for many years.

Outside Ryburn 3 Step, she has been a musician and singer in several ground breaking folk acts including The New Victory Band, Bandoggs, Red Shift, Tiger Moth, The English Country Blues Band, and also performed in duo with Pete Coe, Maggie Holland, Jill Pidd, Annie Dearman and John Adams.

In 2000 she joined the ranks of The National Theatre to dance, sing and play in their six month long touring production of The Good Hope, under the musical direction of John Tams.

On the academic side she has tutored on the folk music degree at Newcastle University and the performance degree at Huddersfield University, and been a tutor much in demand for folk events by The Wren Trust, Folkus and many festivals.

This is a well deserved recognition of what she has achieved over five decades. Heartiest congratulations!

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley