Get your Autumn dancing shoes on for Paul Young and the New Fox Band

The first Ryburn Family Barn Dance of the new season is on Saturday 20th October at the Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse HD6 2AX (entrance on Marion Street). The caller is Paul Young and music will be provided by the New Fox Band. Click HERE for more information.
Paul Young has been a professional caller for barn dances and ceilidhs  for several years. He also plays the melodeon,  guitar and fiddle as a solo performer and in several dance and ceilidh bands. He’ll be calling with one of his regular bands, the New Fox Band, so we’re guaranteed an evening of excellent music and dance.
We start at 8.00pm, finish at 11.00pm, and admission is £9:00 (£8:00 concessions). Bring your own refreshments. More information HERE….

The Guest at the Ryburn Folk Club on 31 October will be Benny Graham, all the way from the North-East.
It will be a great evening of songs ranging from Shanties to Ballads, Music Hall to Showtime, and all delivered with humour and panache! We hope you will join us at the Malthouse in Rishworth. More information HERE….

The next meeting of the Ukulele group will be at 12:00 on Sunday October 14th at 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden.

Our next “Moving On” Workshop will be on Saturday 3 November on the topic of “Hornpipes”, led by master fiddlers Chris Partington and Johnny Adams.
Book your place now – phone Sue Coe on 01422 822569 or email
More information HERE

Our Traditional Music Session at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, continues every Monday evening from 9pm. Come along and join in, or just come to listen and enjoy the music (and beer).


Our Grand New Year’s Eve Dance will take place on Saturday 31 December 2018, at the Waring Green Community Centre, dancing to the Black Box Big Band with Pete Coe calling. Doors open 7.30 for 8pm start. Tickets cost £10.00 (£9.00 concessions) – ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY – admission on the night is ticket only.

You can buy tickets at the  Dances on 20 October, 17 November, and 8 December, click HERE ….
and at the Folk Clubs on 31 October, 28 November and 19 December, click HERE ….

You can also order tickets from Sue and Pete Coe, phone 01422 822569 or email
Once your tickets are paid for (cheque by post please) we can either post them to you or you can collect them at the door on 31 December.

Chris Foster – Review

The Ryburn Folk Club‘s 2018 -19 season got off to a fine start on September 26th with Chris Foster as the guest. Chris now lives in Iceland so this was one of only a few chances to see him this year in the UK, and judging from the numbers in the audience many people welcomed the opportunity.

Chris Foster at Ryburn. Photo: Andy Day

Chris is an “old school” singer with a fabulous guitar style. He started with “The Seeds of Love” and moved effortlessly through songs which were familiar and yet new: he explained that he liked sing traditional songs with some variations. He also performed two self-penned songs: “Clinging to the Edge”, and “Spring Song”.

Residents and Floor Singers gave their best and overall it was a lovely evening and a great start to the season.

Andy Day

Steve Harrison

We are sad to report that our former chairman, the indefatigable Steve Harrison, died on Friday July 27th of the cancer that he had suffered from for some time.

During his illness he continued guesting at folk clubs accompanying the wonderful singing of his wife Annie Dearman, and he played for dances with his Black Box Band and with The Phoenix Dance Band led by Rod Stradling. He was a valued resident at our Ryburn Folk Club and a regular at our weekly tune session at The Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden.
His voice also mysteriously came from the character of The Doctor in the Long Company Mummers Play each New Year.

The definition of ‘indefatigable’ is ‘persisting tirelessly’ and that describes Steve perfectly. He performed his duties as R3S Chair with humour and professionalism. His last gig was to lead the Black Box Big Band for our annual New Years Eve dance at Waring Green.
We will miss him, his music, erudition, humour and most of all his friendship, very much indeed.

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley