Dick Miles at the Ryburn Folk Club on Wednesday 24 april

Dick Miles

Let Dick introduce himself in his own words:
“Hi, I am Dick Miles. I have been singing and playing music since I was 13. My special love and interest is traditional music and the concertina. I lived for many years in Suffolk, East Anglia and some of my favourite songs are based on the superb traditional tales of this region. Now, I am living in the South-West of Ireland and am incorporating more and more the local traditional music style into my own.”

Dick is in demand for maritime and folk festivals and we are delighted to have him as our guest. Check out his web site for more information.

Admission: £9.
Folk Club starts at 8:00 p.m. after a few tunes from the Pit Band from 7.45. There is an interval about 9.15, Club Residents and floor singers start each half before Dick does his stuff.
We hope you will come along and enjoy the evening with us..


Barn Dance with Sid Calderbank and “Our Northern Branch” 20 April 2019

Fabulous Barn Dance with Sid Calderbank and “Our Northern Branch” on 20 April at Waring Green Community Centre.
Lots of great dancers and dancing to a lovely string band. Sid Calderbank is a great caller and gave us some Lancashire dialect monologues (which were nearly comprehensible to us Yorkshire folk …).
That’s it for the 2018-19 Ryburn 3 Step Dance programme, the next dance is on 30 October. Have a good dancing summer, see you in October.

Sunday 28 April – Don’t miss the spectacular “HERE AT THE FAIR” show in Ripponden…….

Ryburn 3 Step is proud to present the first performance of the year of the new Mick Ryan Folk Musical, “Here at the Fair”, on 28 April at the Victoria Hall, Halifax Road, Ripponden, HX6 4BG starting at 7:00 p.m. More details on the EVENTS page.
Set in a travelling show in the 1850s, the play reveals the humour and hardship in the life stories of an engaging group of fairground entertainers and contains 20 original songs by Mick Ryan. Ken Hudson featured some of the songs from the play, as well as an interview with Alice Jones on Phoenix Radio’s “Roving Folk” show last weekend. To listen to a podcast of the show click HERE.
Tickets are only £10 (£5 for under 18s) They can be purchased at the door on the night, at any Ryburn 3 Step event or ordered by sending a cheque and a stamped addressed envelope to Sue Coe at 103 Oldham Rd, Ripponden HX6 4EB. Alternatively you can order tickets and find out more information by getting in touch with Sue:
Phone: 01422 822569 or Email: sue@petecoe.co.uk

Review – The Iona Fyfe Trio 28 March 2019

The Iona Fyfe Trio at Ryburn Folk Club. Photo: Andy Day

What a fantastic voice Iona Fyfe has! And what wonderful accompaniments from Charlie Gray and Aidan Moodie! We had a brilliant evening from the Iona Fyfe Trio last night at the Ryburn Folk Club.

Iona, Charlie and Aidan packed in a huge number of songs in a seemingly non-stop Scottish delight. Whether it was the accent, the beautiful voice, or the sensitive accompaniments of the two fine musicians, I was transfixed for the entire evening.

Iona Fyfe & Aidan Moodie at Ryburn. Photo: Andy Day

Iona sang 16 songs ranging from Bothy Ballads including “Guise of Tough” and “The Banks of Inverury”, through tear jerkers such as “Mill o’ Tifty’s Annie”, new versions of well-known songs like “The Golden Vanity”, modern songs such as “Take Me out Drinking” by Michael Marra, “Ding Dong Dollar” (the anthem of the Scottish Anti-Polaris movement of the 1960s), and “Dark Turn of Mind” by Gillian Welch, before finishing with an encore of “Tak’ a Dram Afore Ye Go” by Ian Sinclair. It was all so beautiful I bought Iona’s two CD’s so I can hear them again (and again….).

Aidan and Charlie provided understated and sensitive accompaniments to Iona’s singing. Aidan, from Orkney, met Iona while studying at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow and has been playing with Iona for about 4 years.

Charlie Gray & Iona Fyfe at Ryburn. Photo: Andy Day

Charlie is from Fort Augustus and has been playing fiddle since the age of 6. He studied at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton in Wester Ross, and together with Joseph Peach was a Finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2017. 

The Ryburn Folk Club is blessed with top class Residents who were out in force . The Pit Band introduced the evening with 3 sets of unusual tunes including the oddly named “Spoted Borders” and “Rowling Bet” (whatever they mean). Pete Coe sang “Banks of Red Roses”, Tim Edwards followed with Graeme Miles’ “Greencoats & Beagles”, Sue Burgess sang about the “Lost Lady Found”, and Alice Jones gave us “The wreck of the Dandenong”. Mostly thanks to the Residents, the evening’s body count was respectably high.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a great evening, and The Malthouse staff who are just so friendly!

Andy Day

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

Ryburn 3 Step is proud to present the first performance of the year of the new Mick Ryan Folk Musical “Here at the Fair”.
Set in a travelling show in the 1850s, the play reveals the humour and hardship in the life stories of an engaging group of fairground entertainers and contains 20 original songs by Mick Ryan.

Ken Hudson featured some of the songs from the play, as well as an interview with Alice Jones on Phoenix Radio’s “Roving Folk” show last weekend. To listen to a podcast of the show click HERE

The play received a standing ovation at its first festival performance in Chippenham last year and includes a stellar cast of folk artists – (Geoff Lakeman, Granny’s Attic (George Sansome, Lewis Wood and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne) Pete Morton, Heather Bradford, Alice Jones and Mick Ryan himself).

Opportunities to see the play up north are fairly limited, so pencil in the date (April 28th at the Victoria Hall, Halifax Road, Ripponden, HX6 4BG starting at 7:00 pm).

Tickets are only £10 (£5 for under 18s) They can be purchased at the door on the night, at any Ryburn 3 Step event, or ordered by sending a cheque and a stamped addressed envelope to Sue Coe at 103 Oldham Rd, Ripponden HX6 4EB. Alternatively you can order tickets and find out more information by getting in touch with Sue by phone or email:
Phone: 01422 822569
Email: sue@petecoe.co.uk

Image of the CD cover courtesy of Wild Goose Records.

An Independent Folk Development Project in the Ryburn Valley