A Scottish evening with The Iona Fyfe Trio at the Ryburn Folk Club, Wednesday 27 March

Our Guests at the Ryburn Folk Club at the Malthouse, Rishworth, on Wednesday 27 March are the Iona Fyfe Trio. Come along and join us for a wonderful Scottish evening.
Click HERE for full details.

Iona Fyfe comes from Aberdeenshire and is considered to be one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, especially in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.

Iona was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017, was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and was the winner of the Molloy Award at The Trip to Birmingham Irish Trad Fest 2017.

Accompanying Iona will be singer and guitarist Luc McNally and fiddler Charlie Grey. With beautiful singing and virtuoso musicianship, the Iona Fyfe Trio will give us a wonderful Scottish evening.

Full information on this event and the Malthouse location HERE

The next Ryburn Barn Dance will be on Saturday 20 April, featuring Caller Sid Calderbank with “Our Northern Branch” Band. This will be the last Dance of the R3S 2018 – 19 Barn Dance programme, and we hope to see you there. Click HERE for details.
We are currently planning the 2019 – 20 programme, if you have a favourite Band or Caller that you would like us to consider, please let us know by emailing ryburn3step@gmail.com 

REVIEW – Barn Dance with Caller Michelle Holding and the “Monkey Box” Band at Waring Green Community Centre, March 16th 2019.

If anyone tells you that English Ceilidh Dancing is in decline, the Ryburn Barn Dance on Saturday 16th March was proof that they are wrong; it is alive and rocking – at least it is in Brighouse. A good crowd of dancers braved the flooded roads and were treated to a brilliant night of music and dance.

Monkey Box – Ryburn 3 Step. Photo: Pauline Jones

Tom Kitching is a phenomenal fiddle player and he brought with him Peter Crowther on bass guitar and the eccentric talent that is Edwin Beasant, playing melodeon and harmonica; collectively they are known as Monkey Box.
The sound they produced was glorious (Credit to Heather on the sound desk) mixing old favourites with self-penned tunes, highlights being Peters lyrical bass, Tom’s waltz for a dance called “Follow on Marianne” and some slick harmonica licks from Edwin.

Michelle Holding is acquiring a reputation in ceilidh circles for her intelligent, sympathetic calling and her ready humour. On Saturday she showed that she also has an extensive repertoire of dances which she calls with precision and confidence.
Mixed in with old favourites like the “Circassian Circle”, “Steamboat”, and the “Old Swan Gallop” were dances new to me; “Helly Owens” by Jane Bird, “Uptown” from the Dartmoor Pixies and “Offa’s Dyke” (among others).

So, another hugely enjoyable evening, courtesy of a sprung dance floor, a talented trio of musicians and a great caller; you should have been there!

Steve Jones

The next “No pressure” session is on Friday 22 March 8.00 – 9.45 pm at 103 Oldham Road.

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“HERE AT THE FAIR” – a UNIQUE performance at the Victoria Hall, Ripponden, on Sunday evening 28 April.

Ryburn 3 Step is delighted to host a special performance of Mick Ryan’s new Folk Opera “Here at the Fair” at the end of April, in its only scheduled performance in the North of England and the only performance outside a major festival.
Don’t miss it – get your tickets now.

Visit our EVENTS page for full information on the Show and how to buy tickets.

Image of the CD cover courtesy of Wild Goose Records.

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley