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Ryburn Singers Club

Derby Ram 01 Oct 08 - 07:40 AM
The Borchester Echo 01 Oct 08 - 07:55 AM
GUEST,Tom Bliss 01 Oct 08 - 08:10 AM
The Sandman 01 Oct 08 - 08:41 AM
johnadams 01 Oct 08 - 08:57 AM
Les in Chorlton 01 Oct 08 - 12:56 PM
MoorleyMan 01 Oct 08 - 05:44 PM
GUEST,doc.tom 02 Oct 08 - 04:23 AM
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Subject: Ryburn Singers Club
From: Derby Ram
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 07:40 AM

Hi Folks,
I just had to say this...
Last night, I had arguably the best experience and evening's entertainment in a folk club of my entire life and career to date... and I have burnt a bit of rubber over the time!

I am now convinced - despite the hundreds of really brilliant clubs in this country (and more power to their elbows!) - for my money, the only thing better than a typical night at The Ryburn Singers' Club is an absolutely spectacular one!

Last night's was one such.

It has to be said, there are some things about it that were typical, mind, like for instance - the floor singer line-up reads like a who's who of English Folk Music!: Chris Coe, John Adams, Annie Dearman, Chris Manners, Sylvia Needham, Vikki Appleton-Fielden, Peter Norman, Tom Bliss, Dave Eckersley, Sue Burgess, Bob Butler, Sue Van-Gaalen and Dave Bishop who all put in stunning performances... I even had a warble myself with Sylvia and John... and then... AND THEN, as if that wasn't enough, came the chosen guests for the evening - Chris Foster and Bára Grímsdóttir who quite frankly were something else! I know them both and their work very well, but, I'm not going to try and describe what they do, other than it's an authoritative mixture of Icelandic and English traditional singing and music... and it's as good as it gets! If you're a club organiser reading this and you haven't had them (as it were), I am moved to strongly recommend that you fit them in next time they visit these shores, they are just wonderful!

What was particularly amazing last night was that (and this is extremely rare) the usual Helmsman and principle driving force behind this bench mark event, Pete Coe - wasn't even there - because his services were unsurprisingly but mournfully, required elsewhere! Had he been there I'm sure the rate-ommeter would have gone off the scale! That having been said, and again not surprisingly, Chris Coe did a fantastic job of replacing him and with the delectable Annie Dearman, delivered an outstanding duet performance of The Bonny Bonny Boy - which I would have travelled the distance to hear on it's own!

One last word, Chris and Bára are exactly the kind of artistes that folk clubs are for and why I go and have been doing for 40 odd years! Equally, Ryburn Club is the epitome of the way to present the genre today and long may they all continue. What a night!   

Go to Chris and Bára's myspace site for more info:

Ryburn 3 Step website:

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Subject: RE: Ryburn Singers Club
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 07:55 AM

Yes, I saw Chris and Bára perform last week on the first night of their tour and have since been moving heaven and earth to get up to Ryburn last night for that gig, simply because it's one of the best venues in the land. However, heaven and earth wouldn't move, though had I known Keith Kendrick was going to be there as well I might have tried even harder.

So glad to know how well it went.

Funi MySpace

Ryburn 3-Step

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Subject: RE: Ryburn Singers Club
From: GUEST,Tom Bliss
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 08:10 AM

I was thinking of posting something about last night myself. I agree with everything Keith says (he and Sylvia were damn good too - and the Chesterfield Spire song - with Johnny Adams in perfect sync after, what was it~? 20 years?) was as good as it gets.

I'm a massive Foster fan - he's simply the master as far as I'm concerned. The fit between his densely soft voice and his innovative, understated, lyrical yet powerful guitar playing is just exquisite. (Outsiders is my album of the year - and if he takes my advice, should be available from abicat soon)

And Bara has a wonderful voice as well. They took us on a journey the like of which few expected. Icelandic song and instruments that managed to be exotic and familiar at the same time - and with pictures. Iceland is a starkly beautiful place - as both slides and music confirmed.

And I came home with a zither from Chris Coe too!

Not an evening I'm going to forget.


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Subject: RE: Ryburn Singers Club
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 08:41 AM

sounds like agood night,that ChrisFoster he s not bad for an Englishman.

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Subject: RE: Ryburn Singers Club
From: johnadams
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 08:57 AM

Captain Birdseye wrote:

......that ChrisFoster he s not bad for an Englishman.

I think that's what the Icelanders say about him!

In the three months prior to the night I played both Chris's and Bára's albums extensively on my local radio show. I can thoroughly recommend that both be added to your Christmas stocking list - hopefully Abicat will provide the means soon.

Thanks for the nice comments about the club. Next month Ron Taylor & Jeff Gillet

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Subject: RE: Ryburn Singers Club
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 12:56 PM

Apparently some of those rather excellent singers also gather at the Beech, Beech Road, Chorlton, on the first Wednesday of the month, which is erm ............ tonight


L in C

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Subject: RE: Ryburn Singers Club
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 05:44 PM

Thanks for the reportage Keith - really sad to have missed the Chris Foster night at Ryburn - I was planning to attend, but got stricken down with a bug thingy yesterday afternoon which has kept me indoors through today. Not so Funi that!...

(But I sat here and played Outsiders again instead, mm, what a fine cd. )

Glad it went well. Pete Coe does run an excellent club at Ryburn, one I don't often miss, and Taylor and Gillatt next month should be good too.

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Subject: RE: Ryburn Singers Club
From: GUEST,doc.tom
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 04:23 AM

And the reason Pete Coe was missing was because he was down here at Shammick Acoustic helping keep Devon at the forefront of good folk music too - ceilidh on Friday, Shammick on Saturday! Mind you, Barbara & I were not there (hmmm!) we were Song & Aleing it - bloody cold overnight. So now we need to establish someone who wasn't THERE because they were somewhere else - Kendrick perhaps!

Luv T.

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