The Nobles (William, Cuthbert, and Lydia) are a family of dry stone wallers and traditional folk singers from West Yorkshire, and we are delighted to welcome them to the Ryburn Folk Club for the end of our 2017 – 18 season. We anticipate a boisterous evening packed with great chorus singing, plus the bonus of our wonderful residents.
The Nobles have recorded a CD of folk songs from their part of Yorkshire, the Holme Valley. William started singing in the 1950’s and learnt more songs by listening to local musicians and singers.
The R3S Folk Club usually meets every last Wednesday of the month in the upstairs room of the Malthouse in Rishworth – 270 Oldham Rd HX6 4QB. We start at 7.45pm with tunes from the Pit Band of local musicians, and then songs from the Residents and floor singers from 8pm before introducing the main guest artists presenting an informal, purely acoustic concert of folk music. We finish by 11pm.
Admission is £9 (£8 concessions). Click HEREfor full information.
After a last minute bad weather cancellation of his gig in February we managed to re-arrange a date for Cohen this June, even though we had to run a special club night to accommodate it. Not only was it a ‘special’ night in the sense of ‘extra’, it was a special night in that other sense – a young man performing with a skill that belies his years, engaging in easy, humorous and natural communication with his audience and displaying instrumental virtuosity coupled with a singing borne on complete understanding of his chosen material.
Word of mouth ensured that there was a full house, the audience coming from far and wide and including an impressive number of gigging musicians come to see a fellow artist strut his stuff. We were treated to a preview of Cohen’s musicality when he joined previous guest Nick Dow to provide a beautifully crafted melodeon accompaniment to his version of Jackie Munro, a song many will have heard as Jackaroo from Joan Baez decades ago.
It was preceded by another previous guest act, Lynda Hardcastle and Alan Rose, who sang Bob Pegg’s Instructions to a Young Lark Man, a beautiful piece from Pegg’s Calderdale Suite, soon to be performed by Bob himself in Hebden Bridge (23rd June) on the 40th anniversary of the original performance. Other first half supporting pieces saw the welcome return of Sue Van Gaalen – (now Sue Nicholas) singing a late May song For The Lass That I Love, Tim Edwards with McDonald of Glencoe, Sue Burgess with a lesser known version of Seeds of Love, and our favourite songsmith Chris Manners with an amusing I Will Be Your Rescue Dog.
With zero fuss, Cohen started his first half with The Jovial Carrier, immediately setting the scene for audience chorus singing. This was swiftly followed by Babylon, collected by Ewan MaColl from Scottish singer John McDonald and accompanied by melodeon bass runs to chill the spine. Of the many tunes entitled Trip to … somewhere, we weren’t expecting Trip to Birmingham, the first in a set of three 18thC dance tunes. Tom The Barber, a version of Willie of Winsbury collected by Cecil Sharp in Somerset , was delivered in a way reminiscent of the late Tony Rose (who also sang the song) with long high notes holding us in suspense and lyrics playfully crossing the bar lines.
A bass concertina came out of its case to accompany The Whitby Tailor, an amusing song taken from the Yorkshire Garland web site, highwayman Tom King (a contemporary of Dick Turpin) was celebrated in a self penned song, Scott Joplin’s Palm Leaf Rag demonstrated some precision concertina (anglo) playing and the first set finished off in fine form with The Golden Vanity with much chorus.
With a full house, the interval ‘buzz’ was difficult to bring to a halt but future guests Mary Humphreys & Anahata (booked for January 30th 2019) brought things firmly under control with the tunes Trip to Brighton & A Charming Maid on melodeon and concertina.
We were treated to yet another Bob Pegg song (just like buses, you don’t get any for ages then two come along together) from Cath Charnock and Pete Norman who sang Elvira Madigan. Laurence Marshall & Phoebe Ophelia Douthwaite lived up to their growing non-conformist reputation by imitating Johnny Cash and June Carter singing Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man, and Mal Jardine’s Farmer and the Nobleman preceded a final song from the floor, Pete Coe‘s lovely rendition of Flora, The Lily of the West, collected by Baring-Gould in 1889.
Cohen’s second set started with a Henry Purcell baroque piece expertly adapted for anglo concertina. At the insistence of Sue Coe, he donned an original Ryburn Longsword waistcoat to deliver The Ripon Sword Dance Song which was followed by a 19thC railway poem, The Fireman’s Growl set by the late Karl Dallas to the tune Tramps & Hawkers. Gigue, by German baroque composer Johann Mattheson was a definite ‘party piece’, followed by Forty Miles, collected by Frank Kidson in Leeds, whose old abode was just 56 doors away from Cohen’s old student digs. A couple of murder songs – Edward and Andrew Rose brought us to the last song – a bright 19thC tale of an innocent abroad in Cohen’s home town of Birmingham – A Country man in Birmingham.
The inevitable encore was the music hall song Two Lovely Black Eyes, sung out enthusiastically by an audience who had enjoyed a superb night of music.
Cohen is a powerful story teller who quite naturally uses all manner of subtle techniques to keep the narratives constantly engaging his audience. His instrumental abilities could be described as virtuoso but they also contain that secret ingredient which causes a song text or tune melody to transcend the words and/or notes and become something special and compelling. Go and see him if you get the chance.
Next guests at the Ryburn Folk Club are The Nobles, Wednesday 27 June at The Malthouse. This will be the last Ryburn Folk Club of the 2017 – 18 season, so please come along for another great night with this wonderful family of singers. More information HERE… We then close for the summer (while we go off to festivals and perhaps a bit of a holiday), and return for the first Folk Club of the 2018 – 19 season on Wednesday 26 September, with guest Chris Foster – all the way from Reykjavik!
Read the REVIEW of Sunjay at the Ryburn Folk Club on 30 MayHERE….
OTHER NEWS from Ryburn 3 Step:
Ryburn Longsword will be dancing at The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, on Wednesday 13 June. We will be joined by Oakenhoof and Sowerby Bridge Morris; dancing starts at 7pm, afterwards from 9.00pm we will retire into the pub for a music and song session. All welcome. MORE INFORMATION HERE:Ryburn Longsword_Bridge_13jun18
On Saturday 26 May Ryburn Longsword danced at Touchstones, Rochdale, at the opening of the Doc Rowe exhibition. Read about it HERE.
Our 2017 – 18 Barn Dance and Village Dance programme has now ended, and we’ll start the 2018 – 19 season in September. We’ll publish the programme towards the end of the summer when we’ve booked all the bands and callers.
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)
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.