HELEN and MIKE Hockenhull at the ryburn folk club on Wednesday 27 February

RYBURN FOLK CLUB at The Malthouse in Rishworth welcomes Mike and Helen Hockenhull as the next guests on Wednesday 27 February.

Helen & Mike Hockenhull (Photo: Bacca Pipes Folk Club)

Helen and Mike have a long pedigree in Folk Music, from Muckram Wakes and The New Victory Band to Grace Notes (Helen with Maggie Boyle and Lynda Hardcastle). Come along and enjoy music and singing with guitar, fiddle, and concertina.
More information HERE

On 11th March Ryburn 3 Step welcomes Gina Le Faux to perform in one of our intimate house concerts at 103 Oldham Road, Ripponden.

Gina Le Faux is an acclaimed musician, songwriter and performer. She has spent much of her life singing and playing fiddle, mandolin and guitar, touring all over the world and working with many of the most respected names in folk, acoustic and roots music.

Concert from 8 pm to 9 pm, followed by an open session of songs and tunes.
Bring your own refreshments.
No entry charge, but we ask for Donations.

Our House Concerts are very popular, so reservations are recommended – phone Sue Coe on 01422 822569, Email sue@petecoe.co.uk

More information HERE

A good crowd of nearly 50 dancers turned up at Waring Green Community Centre on a surprisingly mild Saturday night for the monthly Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance, which featured the Four Hand Band and caller Sue Coe on 16 February.

Ryburn 3 Step Barn Dance 16 Feb 2019. Photo: Steve Jones

The Four Hand Band is a duo consisting of Mary Humphreys on keyboard and Anahata on melodeon. Both are talented musicians who excel in a range of traditional musical skills and their performance on Saturday combined a solid dance-able rhythm with inventive lines around a range of well-chosen ceilidh tunes.

Sue Coe is familiar to Ryburn 3 Step ceilidh goers as the caller for the Black Box band and other local ceilidh bands. She called a mix of well-known dances such Bridge of Athlone, Buttered Peas and Nottingham Swing, dances made up by some of the schools in which Sue has taught (Westfield Four Star, Zetland Circle Dance) and some less well-known dances. The evening concluded with everyone on the dance floor for Soldiers Joy.
Steve Jones

The next Barn Dance at Waring Green Community Centre HD6 2AX is on Saturday 16 March with the “Monkey Box” Band and Caller Michelle Holding.
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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).
If you fancy a play on your instrument but can’t get to the Bridge Session, why not come along to the R3S “No pressure” tune session? This is a session for musicians whose confidence needs a little TLC. Starting slowly, we gradually build up speed on tunes familiar and unfamiliar.
We meet fortnightly on Friday evenings 8:00 to 9:45 p.m, at 103 Oldham Road Ripponden, HX6 4EB. The next will be on Friday 22 February 2019 at 8.00 pm.
Please get in touch with Steve Jones on ryburn3step@gmail.com or phone 01422 823099 if you are interested in coming along.

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REVIEW: Mary Humphreys & Anahata – Ryburn Folk Club

Mary and Anahata at the Ryburn Folk Club. Photo: Andy Day

When you run a club with a great guest list it’s especially nice when one of your great guest acts also consist of old friends. Mary Humphreys lived in Ripponden and was one of our splendid resident singers as well as being a committee member. Anahata was a musician resident in Cambridgeshire who we knew from the English country music scene and it was shortly after he moved to Bradford that he and Mary formed a duo. Sadly it wasn’t long before jobs dragged them both to Cambridgeshire and we had to wait several years for them to move back into the area. We’re delighted to have them back and this delight was reflected in their reception by the Ryburn audience.

Given the weather there were not so many resident singers as usual so we were treated to two nice long guest spots. Mary and Anahata are very good at winkling out different versions of songs and tunes that you (think you) know. If you thought you knew the age old favourite dance tune called Speed the Plough then think again because the William Clarke of Fentwell version is somewhat more challenging. Familiar though we are with Pete Coe’s traveller collected song Catch Me If You Can, the ‘same’ song collected from Charlotte Dann of Cambridgeshire and entitled The Cuckoo and the Nightingale is quite different.
Charlotte Dann was the source of two more excellent songs – a version of the incest ballad Lucy Wan and a first class economical version of Barbara Allen with an excellent and unusual tune.

Another different version was The Plains of Waterloo as collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams from Mr Henry Mallion in Cambridgeshire.
It’s nice to hear a song you’ve not heard before and The Crystal Spring filled that purpose – one of only two known versions and a song of which very little is known.

Mary and Anahata at the Ryburn Folk Club. Photo: Andy Day

Given the instrumental expertise of this duo there were tunes in abundance from 3/2 hornpipes (one by Purcell and one from the north-east called Geld Him Lasses, Geld Him (the origin of which we’ll gloss over), through Playford and manuscript sources to two tunes from Anahata’s own pen.

One song stood out, for me if not for everyone, and that is When Fishes Fly with a most beautiful if unusual combination of banjo and cello. The stand-out tune set was probably the Playford set of Rosamund’s Pond and My Lord Cutt’s Delight, the second via the 1695 north-east manuscript of Henry Atkinson. These two manage to squeeze out every ounce of flexibility and creativity from melodeon and English concertina, and we’re happy to say they’ll be playing for the next Ryburn Dance. Even if you don’t dance it might be worth coming to sit and listen.

The supporting cast was:
Pete Coe with Matt McGinn’s Looking For a Job
Sue Burgess – Maid of Mourne Shore
Colin Batho – (late for Burns Night) with Westlin’ Wind
Chris Manners – a brand new song about retirement
Chris Coe – Stan Hugill’s Shallow Brown
Mal Jardine – The Black & Brown Ale

review – barn dance with pauline jones and the old bridge specials 19 january 2019

On a chilly, damp evening in the middle of January, a hardy group of dancers gathered at the Waring Green Community Centre and enjoyed an evening of music and dancing courtesy of Ryburn 3 Step stalwarts Pauline Jones and the “Old Bridge Specials”, musicians who regularly meet to play at the tune session at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden on Monday evenings. The band consisted of:
Trevor Whittall – Tremolo Harmonica
Alan Taylor – Guitar
Pete Coe – Melodeon
Andy Day – English Concertina
Johnny Adams – Piano and Fiddle
Chris Partington – Fiddle

who together (with the help of the excellent sound engineers Johnny and Chris) produced a wonderful, full sound that filled the hall.

Pauline Jones and The Old Bridge Specials at Waring Green. Photo: Steve Jones

Pauline called a variety of dances that were intended to appeal to experienced dancers as well as being accessible to those who were new to English ceilidhs:
Farmers Jig; 4 Couple Longways
Mrs Foxton’s Fancy; Double Circle
The Oak Tree; 3 Couple Longways
Borrowdale Exchange; 3 Couple Circle
Steamboat; Longways for as many as..
Chapeloise; Double Circle
Witches Reel; 4 Couple Longways
Sweets of May; Sicilian Circle
Double Gloucester; 6 Couple Longways
Lucky Seven; Circle Dance
Muffin Mans Jig; Double Circle
Circle Waltz; Circle Dance

Thanks to all who came along, dancers and performers, for a friendly and enjoyable evening.

Steve Jones

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley