Saturday 17 February – Barn Dance with Our Northern Branch and Benny Graham

The next Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance is at Waring Green Community Centre on Saturday 17 February. The band is “Our Northern Branch”, and the Caller will be Benny Graham. Click HERE for more information.

Our Northern Branch

“Our Northern Branch” comprises three fiddles and a cello, recreating an authentic village string band sound to play a repertoire of mostly eighteenth and nineteenth century dance tunes. Click HERE for a video of Our Northern Branch playing for some expert ranting by the Waring Green regulars.

Benny Graham  is a singer, dance caller, and melodeon player, described by many as one of the finest voices in folk music.

REVIEW – Grant Baynham at the Folk Club 30 January 2018

Last night at the Folk Club at the Malt House we were treated to the extraordinary guitar playing, songwriting and performance virtuosity of Grant Baynham. From the very start we knew we were in for something special from a man who’s been around for a long time but doesn’t often appear solo at Folk Clubs.

Grant Baynham (Photo: Andy Day)

With witty words and almost unbelievable guitar accompaniments, Grant took us through a sequence of childhood songs including  “Me and My Gang” and “First Kiss”, and then into a world of thoughtful songs and ballads including “Michael on the Moor” and “Matthew Sound”, before treating us to a dazzling performance of Gershwin’s “I got Rhythm”. It was a simply stunning performance from beginning to end.

The evening started with three good sets of tunes from the Pit Band, and then songs from Residents Pete Coe, Chris Coe (accompanied by Pete), and Sue Burgess.  After the interval, which served up “Gold Badge” cake courtesy of Johnny Adams, we heard a song from an unexpected visitor, Tom Lewis who was our guest a year ago (read the Review HERE). Tim Edwards then led us in  “John Barleycorn”, and Johnny Adams and Chris Partington played two Northern Hornpipes in a lovely fiddle duet.

A wonderful evening’s entertainment!

Andy Day

** Our next event is the Barn Dance on 17 February at Waring Green with “Our Northern Branch”, caller Benny Graham. Click HERE for more details.

** The guest at the next Folk Club on Wednesday 28 February is Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne. Cohen is an outstanding young singer and musician, who has a huge following around here, so make sure you arrive early to get a seat. Phone Sue Coe on 01422 822569 to reserve tickets. Click HERE for more information.

Long Company Mummers 2018

The Long Company Mummers completed their 4 performances of 2018, welcoming in the New Year at the Golden Lion in Todmorden, the Hogs Head in Sowerby Bridge, The Alma in Cottonstones, and the Old bridge Inn in Ripponden. Despite the heavy rain for the first two performances, and the freezing temperatures for the other two, many people turned out at each venue to watch. The play started each night at 8pm prompt, and was followed by seasonal music, songs, and jollity in the pubs afterwards which brought enjoyment to all. Once again the Long Company thanks the staff for welcoming us to their pubs for these traditional English seasonal performances.

Many thanks to all who came to see the 2018 New Year in with Long Company. Cheering, booing, heckling, singing, dancing, playing – however you took part – thank you.
Now we’ll see what the rest of the year will bring.

Donations from The Long Company’s collections after each performance have been made to iCE, a Zambian water aid charity, and a local charity (St Bartholomew’s in Ripponden).

Click HERE for more information about the Long Company Mummers.

New Years Eve Barn Dance 31 January 2017 – Review

Ryburn 3 Step danced away the final few hours of 2017 with a thoroughly enjoyable barn dance at the Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse.

As usual, the band was the Black Box Big Band which featured Black Box regulars Chris Partington (fiddle), Alice Jones (piano) and Steve Harrison (melodeon) ably supported by Johnny Adams (fiddle), Chris Coe (hammer dulcimer) and Michael Beeke (tuba and bagpipes).

A sell-out crowd was treated to a host of familiar tunes played with verve and imagination including terrific versions of the Curlew and the Kirkgate Hornpipe (for the dance Clopton Bridge), Tommy Beadles and Earl Grey (for the Westfield Four Star) and Trip to Knaresborough and The Ball (for the Zetland Circle Dance).

Pete Coe called the dances, pairing dances with the same formation (e.g. four couple longwise sets, four couple square sets) thereby encouraging dancers to stay on the dance floor. Dancers required little encouragment and the floor was full, even for the clapping dances.

Starting with the Boston Two Step and ending with Soldier’s Joy, Pete ran through a series of well-known and popular dances including the Morpeth Rant, Cumberland Long Eight, Holmfirth Square and Flying Scotsman. He also included a couple of dances created in schools under his tutelage, the Zetland Circle dance and Athelstan’s Crown.

The New Year was heralded by the singing of the Wassail Song and greeted with everyone on the dance floor, joining hands and singing Auld Lang Syne led by Michael Beeke on bagpipes.

At the end of the night there was universal approval of the venue and rousing cheers for the band and loud applause for the caller. It will be another twelve months before the next New Year’s Eve dance but for those who cannot wait that long, there are Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dances every third Saturday most months of the year.

Steve Jones

Johnny Adams – EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 Award

Congratulations to Johnny Adams on his award of the EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 for his services to Folk Music.

All us folk at Ryburn 3 Step are delighted that Johnny Adams has been awarded the EFDSS Gold Badge 2017 for his services to Folk Music.  Johnny was one of the founder members of Ryburn 3 Step and has worked tirelessly to support and develop the music, dance and song associated with all our activities: the Long Company Mummers, the sessions, the dances, the workshops, the folk club, and as the ever-reliable Musician when the going gets tough. He set up and looks after the R3S website and social media output, has been the voice of R3S on local radio, and has recorded much R3S activity, ensuring a rich archive for future enthusiasts.


Alistair Anderson, Chair of the EFDSS Board, said “All of this year’s recipients have played important roles in their individual fields. They have helped to inspire, to support and to inform generations of folk artists and fans, making significant contributions to the continuing strength and vitality of traditional English folk arts. We are delighted to recognize them with these prestigious awards.” (EFDSS website)

Johnny Adams – EFDSS Gold Badge Award 2017

As a highly regarded musician, performer, recording artist, and producer of some fifty years standing, and with many successful collaborations to his name, not the least of which are with his good lady Chris Coe, Johnny has represented Ryburn 3 Step in the national and international arena. He co-founded (with Chris Partington) the Village Music Project, which researches 18th and 19th century dance music, he coordinates the support group for the archive of the folklorist and collector Doc Rowe, and was director of the Paul Graney Archive of recordings made in the North-West of England between the 1950s and the 1980s which is now housed at Manchester Central Library.

From 1998 to 2008 he was on the National Council of EFDSS, during which time he worked to formalise the Society’s web presence, including instituting the first online shop.


An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley