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Pilgrims' Way
This concert has been CANCELLED.
1st March 2018
Free
The visit by Pilgrims’ Way has been cancelled because of the severe weather. Ticket holders will be refunded through WeGotTickets. The earlier proposal to hold a free informal singer night has also been cancelled. There will now be NO CLUB at all tonight.
Broom Bezzums
8th March 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
UK expats based in Germany, Mark Bloomer and Andrew Cadie have earned a formidable reputation for their musicianship (fiddle, guitar and much else), their mix of original songs, covers and traditional numbers, and their high-energy stage act, making this a welcome York debut. “Just about the best young duo on the circuit” says Steve Knightley. STOP PRESS Mark & Andrew will be joined tonight by occasional collaborator Katie Doherty, whose spellbinding voice somehow finds its place in the harmonies and opens out the sound of the band even more. This is the only date on this UK tour where Katie is able to join the band - not to be missed.
(NCEM Concert) Alistair Anderson & Northlands
14th March 2018
£16 / Concessions £14
Alistair is an internationally acclaimed master of the English concertina and Northumbrian pipes. In a career spanning five decades he has championed the music and song of North East England and in Northlands he continues this crusade alongside three younger musicians who have been influenced by him as a teacher and mentor through Folkworks or the Newcastle University Folk Degree, both of which he founded. Sophy Ball is a wonderfully dynamic fiddle player and Sarah Hayes a gifted singer and flautist, while Ian Stephenson plays guitar and creates many of the band’s subtle arrangements. PLUS SUPPORT Stan Graham
Singers & Musicians Night
15th March 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
New Roots Double Bill: Finn Collinson and Clarke Camilleri
22nd March 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Our annual Young Performer showcase. From East Anglia, Finn Collinson's main instrument is the recorder but he also plays mandolin, cello, bouzouki and guitar and has shared stages with acts such as Bellowhead and The Young’uns. Clarke Camilleri hails from Nottingham and is a singer-guitarist with a growing interest in playing traditional folk songs alongside original numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Barluath
27th March 2018
£16 / Concessions £14
This innovative Celtic folk band is based in Glasgow, where some of its members studied at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. Barluath were a great hit on their NCEM debut in 2016 and we are delighted to bring them back to York. Now a five-piece, the group embraces traditional and contemporary folk music from Scotland, Ireland and North America. They are fronted by the wonderful singing in both English and Gaelic (not to mention occasional step-dancing) of Ainsley Hamill, who is ably supported by a rich instrumental mix of highland and border bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, piano and guitar. PLUS SUPPORT Eddie Affleck
Folk Club 40th Anniversary Night
29th March 2018
All tickets £5
WITH CLUB CO-FOUNDER PAUL BUCKLEY and other special guests. In 1978 a group of music loving students moved their regular folk gathering from the York University campus into town and chose the Black Swan Inn. And so our club was born. Join us to celebrate forty years and well over 2,000 events! Paul Buckley, a professional guitarist now living in Ireland, was one of those students and is coming back to play for us, and invitations are also being sent to other founders and early supporters. More details to follow.
Roisin Ban
5th April 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This Yorkshire-based Celtic folk band now comprises Steve Lacey (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Chris Dyson (fiddle), Paddy Heffron (melodeon, sean nos dance) and our old friend Gordon Tyrrall (guitar, flute, vocals). We look forward to a night of beautifully performed mainly traditional songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, England and Brittany.
Student Performers Showcase
12th April 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Tonight we hand the club over to some of our younger supporters: current York students and recent graduates, together with their musical friends. Amongst the excellent singers and players taking part will be BELLA GAFFNEY & POLLY BOLTON, TOM McKENZIE, MATTHEW MASON, TILLY MOSES and CRISPIN HALCROW. Our club was founded exactly 40 years ago by an earlier generation of student musicians, so now you could say we are coming full circle! Do go along and give them a listen – you’ll not be disappointed. **NOTE** this is a change to the previously advertised programme as New Zealand singer Rachel Dawick has had to cancel her visit.
Singers & Musicians Night
19th April 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Andy Irvine
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
26th April 2018
To quote his own song, this legendary Irish singer never tires of the road. Andy has been one of our most consistently popular guests over the years and surely needs no further introduction.
Kitty Macfarlane
3rd May 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Kitty is a young Somerset-based songwriter whose compelling lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have occupied minds and voices for centuries. A strong singer and an able guitarist, she has picked up lots of favourable notices lately. “An outstanding debut” said fRoots of her first release.
Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink
6th May 2018
£12 in advance / £14 on the door
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK, YO24 1AW. Expect stunning guitar picking, elegant slide work and soulful singing when two giants of acoustic blues come together for a one-off shared tour, mixing solo and duo numbers. Vienna-based Dutchman Hans and UK-resident American Brooks have been delighting blues and folk audiences for countless years, including here in York, and their Steady Rollin’ Blues collaboration is sure to be a treat. Doors open 7.30pm / Tickets also available at Earworm Records on Goodramgate, from www.seetickets.com and from the venue (evenings).
Rosie Hood & Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
10th May 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
A Double Header show with two rising young folk stars doing a mix of solo pieces and collaborations. Previously enjoyed in York with the Dovetail Trio, Rosie is a captivating singer whose 2017 debut CD was widely praised, while we already know and admire Cohen’s singing and concertina and melodeon playing with Granny’s Attic. Both have been finalists in the Folk Awards “best newcomer” Horizon category, Rosie in 2016, Cohen this year.
Singers & Musicians Night
17th May 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Lankum
22nd May 2018
£16 in advance / £18 on the door
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK, YO24 1AW. Formerly known as Lynched, here is one of the most talked-about Irish groups in decades, combining distinctive vocal harmonies with uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar on a repertoire ranging from classic ballads to music-hall ditties and street-songs, dance tunes and original material. Comprising Ian and Daragh Lynch with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat, they took Best Group and Best Original Track trophies in this year’s BBC Folk Awards. Plus support spot by Paula Ryan. Doors open 7.30pm / Tickets also available through www.seetickets.com and at Earworm Records on Goodramgate and from the venue (evenings).
Hannah James & Claudia Schwab
24th May 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Another Double Headline show, in which award-winning singer and accordion player Hannah (Lady Maisery, Maddy Prior Trio, JigDoll and other projects) is joined by Claudia, an eclectic Austrian-born fiddle player, singer and composer now based in Ireland. We can expect solo sets and some exciting joint numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Ritchie Parrish Ritchie
30th May 2018
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £5
Canadian powerhouse folk band Tanglefoot were hugely popular in Britain in the first decade of the century, along the way appearing twice at NCEM. Survivors Steve Ritchie (guitar), Rob Ritchie (keyboards) and Al Parrish (bass), with percussionist Beaker Granger, have a sound that echoes the Tanglefoot legacy whilst expanding the envelope. Their music, storytelling and high-spirited presence displays the same blend of enthusiasm, ability and personality that made the earlier band so successful. Whether an original song of Al's, Steve's recollection of a Robert Plant version of a Dylan tune or Rob's incisive humour, all the trademark harmony, chemistry and impact are there. NOTE no support act - RPR on stage at 7.30.
Singers & Musicians Night
31st May 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day One
1st June 2018
All events free
There is a ceilidh in the Marquee with FiddlersWreck and a lively Session hosted by the York Irish Association in the Wolfe Room. Across town, the very popular weekly Songs & Tunes Session takes place at the Three Legged Mare on High Petergate.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day Two
2nd June 2018
All events free
Acts appearing on the Marquee Stage include The Bronze, Stan Graham, Duncan McFarlane Band, Chechelele, Leather’o, Two Black Sheep & A Stallion, Stillhouse, Graham Hodge, Joshua Burnell (pictured) and the Dan Webster Band. A further 14 acts take part in Wolfe Room concerts, while other events include a lunchtime “Poems & Pints” spoken word session, a rolling folk club singaround and Morris dancing by Ebor Morris. Follow the Folk Weekend link for the full draft programme.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day Three
3rd June 2018
All events free
The Marquee Stage line-up today includes Phil Cerny, Alterego, The Ale Marys, David Ward Maclean, Soundsphere, Bella Gaffney & Polly Bolton, Union Jill, White Sail, Edwina Hayes and King Courgette (pictured). A further 9 acts take part in Wolfe Room concerts, while other events include workshops on Singing (with Soundsphere) and on Old Time Music (with Polly & Bella). There is a children’s show presented by Toni Bunnell, a showcase concert for members of York Songwriters Circle and another rolling folk club singaround. Follow the Folk Weekend link for the full draft programme.
Singers & Musicians Night
7th June 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Nancy Kerr
14th June 2018
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
Long celebrated as a skilled interpreter of traditional music and more recently praised as a composer of startlingly original new folk songs, Nancy was BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2015. Best known for duo (Eliza Carthy, James Fagan) and group work (Melrose Quartet, Sweet Visitor Band), she now embarks on her first entirely solo tour of intimate smaller venues like ours, armed with fiddle, viola and guitar. Not to be missed!
Clive Gregson
21st June 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
A happy return for this celebrated guitarist, singer and songwriter whose long career includes Any Trouble, the Richard Thompson band, the sublime Christine Collister duo and work with Eddi Reader, Nanci Griffith et al. Clive continues to write great songs and is always an inspiring live performer so let’s welcome him back to York!
Lucy Ward
28th June 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
A former BBC Horizon award winner (and in 2014 the youngest-ever nominee as BBC Folk Singer of the Year), Lucy is a delightful performer whose breath-taking voice enchants audiences everywhere. Her songwriting is expressive and unflinching but with a well-rooted sense of belonging, and her warm personality positively radiates off the stage.
Singers & Musicians Night
5th July 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Vikki Clayton
12th July 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Making her first full-scale British tour since moving to New Zealand a decade ago, Vikki is a great entertainer who was once a regular and popular guest at the Black Swan and many other venues. Celebrated as both a solo artist and for her folk-rock work with Fairport Convention and others, she is a truly superb vocalist with a rich repertoire of originals, covers and traditional English songs. We are delighted to see her back in England.
Pete Morton
19th July 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Pete is one of Britain’s most distinctive songwriters and a skilled interpreter of a diverse range of other songs. We’ve admired his work ever since his debut over thirty years ago: performances which are dynamic and intense yet approachable and amiable, delivering songs that speak of the human condition from a unique perspective. Highly recommended!
Karin Grandal-Park & Karl Robins
26th July 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Cumbria-based Karin worked in jazz and blues for many years before becoming enthralled with folk music, starting to attend folk sessions and beginning to write songs in a modern folk style. Now teamed with Karl Robins, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and writer from Northumberland, she has performed at several of the fantastic Costa Del Folk events and at festivals and clubs across Britain.
Singers & Musicians Night
2nd August 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Edwina Hayes
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
9th August 2018
With her international reputation for beautifully written songs, choice covers, charming stage presence and angelic vocals Edwina is a local lass made very good. She has toured with artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Gretchen Peters and Nanci Griffith (who said “the sweetest voice in England”) but her gentle folk-Americana is at its best in an intimate venue like ours
Crookes Folk Club Special
16th August 2018
£5 advance / £6 on the door
Four of our Black Swan resident singers have been invited to perform at the well-established Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield in June. This reciprocal visit brings to York the South Yorkshire trio Dogwood Rose (Michael Richards, Judy Clifford, Kiri Smith: pictured) and soloists Julia Waldron, Paul Pearson and Welsh Geoff. Come along and give them a listen.
The Heathen Kings
23rd August 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
With considerable flair and skill, this Leeds-based trio performs traditional, self-penned and borrowed folk music from the British Isles and further afield. They comprise Rachael Sutcliffe on lead vocals, harp and percussion, Mark Daniel Rogers on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Steve Foster on bass and vocals. They previously appeared at our club in 2016 under former name The Fireside Knights.
Singers & Musicians Night
30th August 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
6th September 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
Third time at the Black Swan for one of today’s finest young folk duos. Greg is a supremely assured and mature singer, and with their great guitar, bouzouki and fiddle playing plus Ciaran’s madcap stage banter, they always do a great live show. This year’s new album has already picked up comments such as “an incredibly powerful musical statement” and “confirming their place at folk’s top table”.
Billy Mitchell
13th September 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Jack The Lad, Maxie & Mitch, Lindisfarne, a duo partnership with Bob Fox and latterly The Pitman Poets, to name only a few of his achievements – Billy Mitchell’s CV reads like a roll call of North East England’s folk and acoustic music scene over the last 50 years. Remarkably, this versatile singer, guitarist and entertainer has never before visited our club. Let’s make him very welcome!
The Askew Sisters
20th September 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Emily and Hazel are two of the foremost champions of English folk, their performances brimming with the deep understanding of siblings immersed in traditional music all their lives. With fiddle, melodeon and more, they play and sing with infectious enjoyment and deep love for the music. From old dance tunes to powerful interpretations of ancient songs and ballads to their own compositions, they engage and enthuse all who hear them.
Singers & Musicians Night
27th September 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Chris Sherburn, Denny Bartley & Emily Sanders
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
4th October 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
This should be an absolute stonker of a night! With their soul-stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and an hilarious love of the craic, Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (guitar and vocals) have never failed to delight us and as an added bonus they are now joined by the wonderful fiddle player and singer (and ex York student and Black Swan resident) Emily Sanders. Early booking is advised!
(NCEM Concert) Jon Boden
8th October 2018
£20 / Concessions £18 / u35s (limited nos) £5
Best known as the lead singer and main arranger of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead and as one half of much-loved duo Spiers & Boden, Jon launched his solo career in 2016. Showcasing his instrumental talents on fiddle, guitar and concertina and performing a mix of self-penned songs and re-worked traditional numbers, his dynamic solo shows have been enthusiastically received and critically acclaimed. In one context or another, Jon has shared in winning eleven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, more than any other artist, and he is surely the stand-out performer of his generation in English folk music.
Rachel Newton
11th October 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
An auspicious York debut for the Scottish singer and harpist who was voted Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2016 Scots Trad Awards and then Musician of the Year in last year’s BBC Folk Awards. Rachel specialises in interpreting traditional songs in both English and Gaelic, as well as performing her own instrumental pieces. Of her last album, “haunting and compelling” said The Guardian and “a thing of great beauty” said fRoots. As well as doing solo work, Rachel is a member of ground-breaking bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective.
Jack Rutter
18th October 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Jack grew up in the Holme Valley area of Yorkshire, an area steeped in traditional song, and since graduating from Newcastle in 2014 he has developed a solid reputation as a folk singer and multi-instrumentalist, working with Moore Moss Rutter and such as Seth Lakeman and Jackie Oates. His solo set features a range of well-known and rarer traditional songs, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or concertina accompaniments that complement his ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post) and with an easy-going stage presence.
(NCEM Concert) Talisk
23rd October 2018
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £5
Band Of The Year in the latest MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, 2015 winners of the Radio 2 Young Folk Award and BBC Horizon trophy finalists in 2017, Talisk are one of the fastest rising instrumental bands on the British folk scene. Mohsen Amini on concertina (named Musician of the Year in this year’s BBC Folk Awards), Hayley Keenan on fiddle and Graeme Armstrong on guitar create a captivating and energetic sound that, in barely four years, has earned them unwavering media praise and standing ovations from audiences far and wide, including at such world-leading festivals as England’s Cambridge, Denmark’s Tønder, Canada’s Celtic Colours and Scotland’s Celtic Connections. PLUS A SUPPORT SPOT BY YORK'S BELLA GAFFNEY & POLLY BOLTON.
Singers & Musicians Night
25th October 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Jim Moray
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
1st November 2018
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
Jim is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music. Winner of numerous BBC Folk Awards and author of a series of ground-breaking projects (most recently the semi-orchestral Upcetera and the folk rock False Lights), he stands at the forefront of the folk scene, hailed as a pivotal influence by a whole new generation of roots musicians. Jim’s previous solo shows here were stunning, sold out successes, so we are delighted to welcome him back. Book early!
(NCEM Concert) Daoiri Farrell
6th November 2018
£15 / Concessions £13 / u35s (limited nos) £5
A former electrician who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on television, this Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player is widely acclaimed as one of most important performers to come out of Ireland in recent years, breathing vigorous new life into the Irish folksong repertoire. Daoirí’s breakthrough album True Born Irishman lead to three BBC Folk Award nominations in 2017, more than any other artist, with wins in the Horizon (for best newcomer) and Best Traditional Track categories. Since then he has toured widely around Britain and beyond, including with the Transatlantic Sessions, and at leading festivals such as Cambridge, Shrewsbury and Costa del Folk. PLUS AN OPENING SPOT BY YORK'S LEADING IRISH SINGER DAMIAN FYNES.
Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
8th November 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
On her York debut, “rising star” singer and dulcimer player Kim Lowings is joined by Tim Rogers on percussion, Dave Sutherland on double bass and her father Andrew on guitar and bouzouki. Their energetic sound has been described as “punchy and authentic” by Mike Harding, no less, and cleverly combines original compositions with innovative new arrangements of familiar traditional songs.
MND Fundraiser with Ramshackle, Blackbeards and others
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
15th November 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
As many of you will know, our long-term club organiser Roland Walls is now seriously ill with motor neurone disease (MND). Proceeds from tonight’s concert will be divided between paying for practical measures to help Roland continue to attend the club and making a donation to the local branch of the MND Association. Ramshackle is our lively club “house band” comprising resident performers Stan Graham, Judith Haswell, Chris Euesden, Phil Cerny and Eddie Affleck. Blackbeard's Tea Party will also do a set and there will be floor spots from Toni Bunnell, John Watterson (Fake Thackray) and Steve & Dee Marshall. Please come along and help us raise as much money as possible! Note that this charity event replaces the previously advertised appearance by Ange Hardy – she has recently cancelled all her forthcoming tour dates, including York.
(NCEM Concert) Siobhan Miller
19th November 2018
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £5
Here is one of the foremost young performers in Scotland, a truly exceptional talent whose soulful and stirring take on folk song has won her Singer Of The Year an unprecedented three times at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, as well as this year’s Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track. Siobhan’s superb vocal style has been honed through collaborations and studies with many of Scotland’s top musicians and tradition bearers, while her extensive range spans choice contemporary songs and lyrically rich self-penned material as well as traditional favourites. Touring in support of a brand new third album release, she is accompanied by a small backing band. PLUS AN OPENING SET BY ADVENTUROUS YORK TRIO WHITE SAIL.
Singers & Musicians Night
22nd November 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Steve Tilston
29th November 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
Forty seven years down the road from his seminal first album and Steve remains firmly at the top of his game. As a celebrated song-smith and a superb acoustic guitar player, he has very few equals. To quote the magazine Dirty Linen, Steve “can stand shoulder to shoulder with any guitarist/songwriter in the world”. He has entertained us many times over the years and it is always a great pleasure to welcome him back to York.
Tim Edey
6th December 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Tim Edey is truly multi-talented – a singer, guitarist, accordion player, songwriter, accompanist and producer. Due to make his Black Swan debut in 2013, he was called away to join The Chieftains on a US tour, which shows you just how respected he is by other musicians. At last we have secured another date for him. We can expect everything from Irish tunes and classic Scottish airs to songs that span traditional balladry to country blues, Taoist reflections to Swing Jazz idioms.
Dave Burland & The Awkward Squad
13th December 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
For our end-of-year special, who better than one of our all-time favourite singers? Dave’s rich and mellow vocal tones and his distinctive guitar style are augmented tonight by Dave Fisher on vocals, keyboards, lap steel and pedal steel guitars and Bryan Ledgard on vocals and percussion. Together they perform a collection of songs that all three musicians regard as timeless classic material.
(NCEM Concert) Emily Smith's Songs For Christmas
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
18th December 2018
£17 / Concessions £15 / u35s (limited nos) £5
For her fifth visit to NCEM, the much admired Scottish singer Emily Smith presents her unique Christmas show. Accompanied with guitar, fiddle and backing vocals, she promises a beautiful blend of original and traditional festive songs. Sing along with old carols, tap your toes to upbeat instrumentals or simply close your eyes and let Emily’s evocative voice help you dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring. From humble beginnings in 2012, she has honed this show into a moving, family friendly seasonal night out, material from which has featured on the Songs of Praise Christmas Special, with Emily’s self-penned sing Find Hope play-listed on Radio 2. PLUS AN OPENING SET FROM RYEDALE SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVID SWANN.
Folk Club Christmas Party
20th December 2018
Free
Our annual end-of-year singers night party. Free entry, bring-and-share supper.
Club Closed
27th December 2018
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd January 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Jez Lowe
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
10th January 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
Jez is an outstanding songwriter and performer in the folk world, and a leading musical ambassador for his native North East England. His ceaseless touring has brought him to our club room many times over the last 40 years and it is always a pleasure to welcome him back. Early booking advised!
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
17th January 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This Otley-based folk, roots and rock & roll combo gave us a great debut show in 2016, so we had no hesitation in inviting them back for a re-match. The line-up is guitars, mandolin, double bass, violin and percussion, with Jon Palmer their songwriter and lead singer, joined by Nick Settle, Wendy Ross, Roy Whyke, Ricky Silvers and Matt Nelson.
The Local Honeys
24th January 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Kentucky singers Linda Jean Stokley (fiddle) and Montana Hobbs (banjo) fuse Appalachian and blue-grass folk traditions and are dedicated to the preservation of old songs and tunes, alongside creating new music within those traditions. They can certainly tear into hard driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound, and tell a damn good story.
York's Winter Folk Day
27th January 2019
Free to YorkCard holders & local SU Card holders
Afternoon (2pm to 5.30pm) and evening (7.30pm to 10.30pm) concerts with local folk artists. Our contribution to the annual York Residents Festival. The afternoon line-up is White Sail (2.00), Toni Bunnell (2.30), Two Black Sheep & A Stallion (3.00), Stan Graham (3.30), The Old Humpy Band (4.00), Judith Haswell (4.30) and Phil Cerny (5.00) while the evening offers Ian Pybus & Annie Curran (7.30), Leather’o (8.00), Crispin Halcrow (8.30), Paula Ryan (9.00) and a final hour with resident band Ramshackle (9.30).
Singers & Musicians Night
31st January 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Ninebarrow
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
7th February 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Award-winning Dorset duo Jon Whitley and Jay La Bouchardiere are impressing audiences across England with their innovative take on the folk tradition. Combining skilled musicianship with breathtaking vocal harmonies, they deliver great original songs inspired by landscape and history, alongside distinctively reworked traditional numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Phil Beer
12th February 2019
All tickets £17
Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, he is equally in demand for his solo shows. In his 2019 “String Theory” tour he sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship (fiddle, guitar, mandocello, mandolin, South American cuatro and more) and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.
Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese
14th February 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
With a well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as regularly enjoyed with his full band at our Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a popular guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice traditional and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals.
Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson
21st February 2019
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
This exciting cross-generational partnership gave us a truly memorable performance five years ago and we are delighted to bring them back. Alistair is of course a celebrated Northumbrian piper, concertina player and composer, while Dan is one of the finest young banjo players in Britain, as well as a superb singer and guitarist. We can expect some impressively dextrous and energetic musical fireworks tonight.
(NCEM Concert) Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
26th February 2019
£20 / Concessions £18 / u35s (limited nos) £6
Ten years since their first trio performances, Celtic music’s legendary musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are out on the road again with their distinctive blend of top class folk songs, stirring tunes and charming bonhomie. Masters respectively of flute, fiddle and song/guitar, Mike John and John have shared stages and recording studios with some of the biggest names in popular music, from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller and Joan Baez, as well as being key participants in the annual Transatlantic Sessions tour. We can expect a beautifully crafted musical treat, one to be savoured for a very long time. PLUS SUPPORT North Yorkshire singer songwriter Martin Heaton.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th February 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
The Churchfitters
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
7th March 2019
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
This is a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we host. Witness a bass guitar made out of a frying pan, or heart wrenching vocals accompanied by musical saw, or foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with funk-rock bouzouki. Shows by this Anglo-French trio always sell out, so book early!
(NCEM Concert) The Rheingans Sisters
11th March 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £6
Rowan and Anna are a unique and unmissable act, making playful, powerful and deeply connecting music that is wholly contemporary while firmly anchored in European folk traditions. Having studied extensively in France and Scandinavia, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of folk music from British and continental cultures, music which fits seamlessly alongside their own beguiling compositions (one of which was voted Best Original Track in the 2016 Folk Awards). Audiences everywhere have been captivated by the sisters’ full-hearted live shows, with their adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar and percussion. PLUS SUPPORT from one of our favourite local singers JUDITH HASWELL
Yan Tan Tether
14th March 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Another act from lively Otley, Rosie Knighton, Tess Leslie and Lynne O’Malley have built a glowing reputation around Yorkshire. While they do play instruments such as banjo, guitar and fiddle, their hallmark is beautiful acapella arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs, with spine-tingling harmonies and rollicking good choruses.
The Jenny Sturgeon Trio
21st March 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Making an auspicious York debut, this Shetland-based singer writes songs rich with imagery, inspired by folklore, history and the natural world. “She brings together the old and new with a rare skill" said one review. Jenny also plays in the critically acclaimed alt-folk band Salt House, while in her own trio she is joined on fiddle and guitar by two top class Scottish players, Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie).
(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson + Chris While & Julie Matthews
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
26th March 2019
£20 / Concessions £18
CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION. Roland Walls and the Black Swan Folk Club have organised over 140 folk concerts at the NCEM since 2001, providing a highly valued and thoroughly enjoyable strand in its programming. Roland is now seriously ill with motor neurone disease and has been receiving considerable practical and financial support from the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His many friends in the folk world have rallied round to offer their assistance and tonight’s fundraiser for the MNDA features two leading acts that Roland has booked many times over his long career. Chris While & Julie Matthews are two of England’s finest acoustic songwriters and singers and perform with great stage presence, while Martin Simpson is consistently named one of the best folk guitarists in the world, with a rich repertoire of original songs, traditional ballads and choice covers. He is the most nominated artist in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, most recently as Musician of the Year in 2018.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th March 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
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