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Singers & Musicians Night
2nd June 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 2016 - Day One
3rd June 2016
A ceilidh in the Marquee with FiddlersWreck (8.00-10.30) and an Irish Night in the Wolfe Room with York Irish Association (8.00-11.00). Official Fringe Event - songs and tunes session from 8.30 at The Three-Legged Mare, High Petergate.
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day Two
4th June 2016
Events Noon - Midnight. In the Marquee/Outdoors - Sarah Dean, Leather'o, Acorn Morris, Duncan McFarlane Band, Chechelele, Melthem, The Bronze, Phil Cerny, Roisin Ban, Moonshine Creek, Union Jill, Paula Ryan and Bramble Napskins. In the Bowes Room - an all-day musicians session. In the Wolfe Room - rolling folk club, followed by afternoon and evening concerts. In the Oak Room - Poetry, storytelling, rolling folk club, singaround.
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day Three
5th June 2016
Events Noon - 11pm. In the Marquee/Outdoors - David Ward Maclean, Dan Webster, The Ale Marys, Soundsphere, Union Central, Kaminari Taiko Drummers, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Stan Graham, The A-Rhythmics, Rambler's Gate, The Foresters, Blonde on Bob. In the Bowes Room - another all day musicians session. In the Wolfe Room - singing workshop, children's music workshop, afternoon and evening concerts. In the Oak Room - songwriting workshop, rolling folk club, final singaround.
Chris & Kellie While
9th June 2016
£12 / Concs. £11
Two superb singers performing together always makes for a great experience and when they are related it becomes extra special. Such is the case with Chris and her daughter Kellie, here doing one of their infrequent duo tours. We can expect plenty of Chris’s own fine songs, plus their personal favourites by writers such as Karine Polwart, David Francey and Richard Thompson. “Each song (is) a showcase for the delicate, complementary powers of expression of two expert vocalists” said one reviewer.
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
16th June 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
Vicki and Jonny have a solid reputation for time and again delivering very entertaining performances. Their prowess with the Scottish smallpipes, Swedish nyckelharpa, accordion, guitar and more is long established and they are increasingly being recognised as impressive song arrangers and writers too, creating original material that is entirely at home alongside their picks from the folk tradition.
Singers & Musicians Night
23rd June 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise - Two Hemispheres Tour
30th June 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
This “Two Hemispheres” shared tour brings together Lucy from Australia and Kirsty from Sheffield. Mostly original songs tell stories of love, people and places, with melodically rich tunes steeped in the Celtic, English and American folk traditions which influenced them both growing up. Two assured young vocalists with intimate and moving performance styles, they fit together supremely well.
7th July 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
With powerful harmonies, skilled musicianship and beautiful arrangements, Kate Howden and Paul Jones write all their own material and play, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bodhran. In the seven years since they last visited us, they have worked mostly on the rural touring circuit, developing a friendly mixture of songs, tunes and stories that has non-folk audiences joining in and singing along.
Graham Hodge
14th July 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
It is a real pleasure to present a full evening with this much-admired local singer. Expect a sublime choice of modern folk and pop covers, mingling with some well-crafted originals, and all accompanied by subtle and supple guitar playing.
Singers & Musicians Night
21st July 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
Bram Taylor
28th July 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
As we know from numerous past appearances, Bram is a supreme folk club entertainer, delighting audiences with his fine rich voice, his sharp sense of humour and his excellent selection of traditional and modern songs deftly accompanied on guitar, concertina or ukulele. Let’s welcome him back!
Granny's Attic
4th August 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
Two members of this Young Folk Awards finalist trio are already known to us: both George Sansome and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne have done impressive floor spots this year, and Cohen also gave us an outstanding support set at a recent NCEM concert. With third member Lewis Wood we now welcome them as guests for a lively night of mostly English folk songs and instrumentals with fiddle, guitar, melodeon and concertina.
Serious Sam Barrett
11th August 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
Sam mixes Delta blues and Country with English folk influences in a beguilingly direct and heartfelt fashion. He plays mostly 12-string guitar in a twangy, rootsy style while his vocal delivery recalls childhood heroes like Leadbelly and Guthrie. Happily, he has recovered from the broken wrist which scuppered his 2015 booking here.
Singers & Musicians Night
18th August 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 Rheingans Sisters
25th August 2016
£11 / Concs. £10
Fiddle (and occasional banjo) playing and singing sisters Anna and Rowan – the latter previously heard in York with Lady Maisery and Nancy Kerr’s band – were finalists for Best New Act and Best Original Song in this year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards and their current album, with its engagingly diverse mix of European and North American styles, has been universally praised. “Gorgeous music” says Songlines.
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
1st September 2016
£11 / Concs. £10
This outstanding duo won the BBC Young Folk Award 2013, took the Horizon Award the next year and were shortlisted for Best Duo in 2015. Greg is one of the most assured and mature male vocalists of his generation, and with their great guitar, bouzouki and fiddle playing plus Ciaran’s madcap stage banter, they make a great live act.
8th September 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
Vermont-based Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson have many admirers across Europe and America and now make their York debut. Rebecca is the lead vocalist and lyricist, credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs”, while Ken provides multi-instrumental embellishment and gorgeous vocal harmonies.
Singers & Musicians Night
15th September 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 Damien O'Kane Band
16th September 2016
£15 / On the door £17
THIS FRIDAY EVENT HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK, YO24 1AW. DOORS OPEN 7.30PM. Working with indie promoter PleasePleaseYou, we bring this great singer to York’s newest live music venue for an evening of 21st Century Irish Folk. Following the huge success of his CD Areas of High Traffic, with its imaginative reworkings of classic Irish songs, and taking time out from touring with his wife Kate Rusby, Damien on guitar, banjo and vocals is joined by ace percussionist Cormac Byrne plus Steven Iveson (guitar), Steven Byrnes (guitars, percussion) and Anthony Davis (keyboard, bass). “Should be filed under ground-breaking” says fRoots. SUPPORT FROM YORK-BASED IRISH SINGER PAULA RYAN.
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
22nd September 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
Blessed with a stunning voice of unaffected beauty, Hannah is building a reputation as one of the most exciting new singers of traditional English folk songs. “Absolutely fantastic … every track is a pearl” said Mike Harding of last year’s debut CD. She accompanies on guitar or dulcimer, with Ben Savage (of The Willows) on dobro or guitar.
David Francey with James McKie
29th September 2016
£10 / Concs £9
Widely covered by other artists, this Scottish-born Canadian is rated one of that country’s foremost songwriters, composing memorable melodies and deceptively simple yet poetic lyrics about the lives and experiences of ordinary working people. He has become a favourite of ours over three past visits and we are delighted to welcome him back. Note that there has been a change to David's guitar accompanist on this tour - it will now be James McKie rather than Mark Westberg.
(NCEM Concert) RANT
3rd October 2016
£15 / Concs. £13
This chamber folk quartet brings together four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, Jenna and Bethany Reid from Shetland, Lauren MacColl from the Highlands and (standing in for Sarah-Jane Summers on family leave) the redoubtable Anna Massie. Using just their fiddles, they weave a rich and vibrant tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds across a wide repertoire of traditional, modern and self-penned tunes. Also known for their work as soloists and with bands such as Blazin’ Fiddles, RANT made their collective mark in 2013 with a critically acclaimed debut album and a string of festival and concert appearances across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. Brand new follow-up release Reverie consolidates their reputation as a significant and joyous force in modern Scottish music. SUPPORT FROM ACOUSTIC GUITAR VIRTUOSO ALEX O'NEIL.
Singers & Musicians Night
6th October 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 Mile Roses
13th October 2016
£11 / Concs. £10
Born of shared interests in both folk and Americana, this new trio brings together our old mates Kate Bramley and Edwina Hayes plus one-time Bad Pennies member Simon Haworth. Expect an evening of classy original songs and close harmonies, accompanied by guitars, bass, cittern, mandola, mandolin and fiddle and all performed with infectious enjoyment. This is contemporary British folk with a most enjoyable nod to Nashville.
Jimmy Crowley
20th October 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
Exactly 30 years (!) after he last sang at the Black Swan we present a living legend of Irish folk music. Jimmy hails from Cork, a city with a great musical heritage - not just traditional but also music-hall, vaudeville and art music – and he draws on all of these in fashioning his unique repertoire and style. A consummate stage performer, he adds colour to his act by weaving in stories about Cork characters, history and daily life.
(NCEM Concert) Breabach
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
24th October 2016
£16 / Concs. £14
This dynamic Scottish five-piece delivers a thrilling and unique brand of modern folk music that has earned them numerous UK awards and garnered international prestige on the global roots music scene. Proudly keeping their native traditions alive for a new generation, they perform thoughtful and moving songs in both English and Gaelic, alongside driving instrumentals, step-dancing and mouth music. As on their memorable visit to York in 2013, the band comprises Calum MacCrimmon (pipes, whistles, bouzouki and vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar and vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes, flute and whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle, vocals and dance) and James Lindsay (double bass). SUPPORT FROM YOUNG BRADFORD-BASED SINGER AND THIS YEAR'S DANNY KYLE AWARD WINNER AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS, BELLA GAFFNEY.
Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
27th October 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
As we know from their previous visits, this pairing of former Strawbs guitarist Brian with US singer-songwriter Cathryn produces some outstanding music, melding folk-rock influences with American country and roots. Their “anglicised Americana” blurs musical boundaries with intricately crafted songs about real life experiences, helped along by engaging stage presence and chat.
(NCEM Concert) O'Hooley & Tidow
1st November 2016
£14 / Concs. £12
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play at Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2 and a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are now regarded as one of English folk’s mightiest combinations. Tonight they showcase material from this summer’s new album Shadows, the follow-up to ground-breaking 2014 release The Hum which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums and a Best Duo nomination in the BBC Folk Awards. Their originality and skill inviting comparison with such celebrated harmony duos as early Simon and Garfunkel or the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts. SUPPORT FROM SINGER, GUITARIST AND SHOWMAN DUNCAN McFARLANE.
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd November 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 Rachel Hamer Band
10th November 2016
£9 /Concs £8
Here’s an exciting new outfit for you! Rachel is a powerful and emotive young singer from Whitley Bay on Tyneside whose repertoire of traditional and modern folk songs gets innovative and inspired accompaniment by onetime York Young Fiddler Grace Smith (also backing vocals and a bit of clog dance) together with guitarist and singer Graeme Armstrong and Sam Partridge on flute and piano.
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
17th November 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
And here’s another great band on their Black Swan debut, a 6-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in the musically vibrant market town of Otley and winning a name for itself across the region. The line-up is guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin and percussion, with everyone singing. Jon Palmer is the lauded songwriter and lead singer, joined by Nick Settle, Wendy Ross, Tom Palmer, Ricky Silvers and Matt Nelson.
Daoiri Farrell
24th November 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
This new(ish) name in Irish folk is generating lots of interest following his UK solo debut last January at Celtic Connections. Named the All Ireland Champion Singer at the Fleadh in Co. Derry in 2013, Daoiri (pronounced Derry) cites influences such as Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and The Bothy Band. He is certainly a great singer (check him out on YouTube) and a skilled accompanist on bouzouki, so this promises to be a grand night.
(NCEM Concert) Chris Wood
30th November 2016
£16 / Concs. £14
A self-taught musician, composer and songwriter, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his uncompromising songs have been praised for their surgical clarity and gentle intelligence. Lauded asspokesman for an unofficial history of England and citing “anon” as his major influence, Chris weaves the folk tradition into contemporary parables such as the award winning Hollow Point. With an album of new songs imminent, we can expect a diverse selection of old favourites and fresh compositions from this master craftsman as he returns to the NCEM. SUPPORT FROM HARROGATE-BASED SINGER SONGWRITER JOHN STOREY.
Singers & Musicians Night
1st December 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
Brooks Williams
8th December 2016
£12 / Concs. £11
Lauded as one of the top acoustic guitarists of all time, this UK-based American musician makes his third solo visit to the Black Swan. Brooks wows audiences worldwide with his silky voice, hook-laden songs, and rollicking acoustic and resonator slide guitars, delivering deep and intense interpretations of classic blues songs and his own compositions. “Americana at its finest” says fRoots. Book early!
Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave
15th December 2016
£12 / Concs. £11
This singer and fiddle player has won multiple awards and accolades over the last fifteen years, with her unique treatments of English ballads and her pure, haunting singing style establishing her at the forefront of the new folk revival. With a young family limiting her ability to tour, we were delighted that Jackie could fit in this return to our club, accompanied by this time by Mike Cosgrave (not Tristan Seume as previously announced).
(NCEM Concert) Celtic Christmas Strings with Maire ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
21st December 2016
£14 / Concs. £12 / Children £5
Famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, Chris (guitar) and Máire (harp, vocals) create one of the most distinctive sounds in modern acoustic music, as enjoyed in venues large and small in twenty-plus countries on five continents for the last three decades. In this seasonal show they present a breath-taking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and all performed in their characteristically warm-hearted style. This will be a delightful winter treat.
Christmas Party
22nd December 2016
Free entry
Joins for our pre-Christmas Singers & Musicians Night party. Free entry / bring-and-share supper.
29th December 2016
Singers & Musicians Night
5th January 2017
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our first Open House session of 2017. The more the merrier, so do come along.
(Wednesday Extra) Martin Carthy (WEDNESDAY performance)
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
11th January 2017
This doyen of English folk singers surely needs little introduction here. Martin somehow remains intensely active well into his sixth decade as a performer. Enjoy him for two nights at his solo best, in the intimate folk club setting which he has championed throughout his long and illustrious career.
Martin Carthy (THURSDAY performance)
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
12th January 2017
Two's Company PLUS Jack Patchett
19th January 2017
£8 / Concs. £7
This year our "New Roots" young performers double bill showcases two Yorkshire-based acts. Jack is a 21 year old singer-songwriter from Holmfirth whose songs and performance style are “rich and complex at the same time as being engaging and emotionally touching”, while Two’s Company are Alice Baillie and David Jenkinson from Sheffield, performing a variety of traditional and original songs and tunes with guitar, mandolin and flute.
Flossie Malavialle
26th January 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This French-born singer now living in NE England has become a much loved performer at clubs and festivals across Britain, including ours. Her wide repertoire (old folk songs to jazz standards, blues numbers to Piaf and Brel classics), her powerful yet sensitive singing and her exuberant stage banter combine to give us great entertainment.
York's Winter Folk Day
29th January 2017
Free to York Card and SU Card holders / Others £3
Live music at the Black Swan Inn for York Residents Festival. The afternoon show has The Foresters (2.00), Chris Euesden (2.30), Judith Haswell (3.00), Phil Cerny (3.30), White Sail (4.00), Paula Ryan (4.30) and (in a late change of line-up) Two Black Sheep & A Satllion (5.00, in place of Ian Pybus who is indisposed) while evening offers Leather’o (7.30), Eddie Affleck (8.00), Bella Gaffney (8.30), Tom McKenzie (9.00) and Stan Graham (9.30), rounding off with a joint set by Stan, Eddie, Phil and Chris (10.00).
Singers & Musicians Night
2nd February 2017
£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.
(NCEM Concert) Steve Knightley
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
3rd February 2017
This event is now Sold Out
The acclaimed Show of Hands frontman has been rated as “one of England’s greatest singer-songwriters”, with an extensive back catalogue of inspired compositions. For this solo ‘Landlocked’ tour, Steve will be combining material from his albums ‘Off the Beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’. The first part of the evening will draw on his treasure trove of original and traditional songs about the English countryside while the second half will showcase the best of his rich nautical repertoire.
Allan Taylor
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
9th February 2017
One of the last of the travelling troubadours of the 1960s, Allan ranks amongst our most literate and accomplished of acoustic songsmiths. His compositions are faultlessly constructed and flawlessly performed, his smooth, dark voice is instantly recognisable and his guitar playing is intricate yet full-sounding. Always a night to savour.
Sunday Special: The Kaela Rowan Band
12th February 2017
£11 advance / £12.50 on the door
A SCOTTISH FOLK SPECIAL – DOORS 7.30. Shortlisted for Gaelic Singer of the Year in 2016, Kaela was the lead vocalist in Mouth Music and has worked with artists like Eliza Carthy, Karen Matheson and Shooglenifty. Singing in both English and Gaelic, she is joined tonight by Shoogles’ guitarist Ewan MacPherson and percussionist James Mackintosh, co-producer of her 5-star album The Fruited Thorn. PROMOTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH PLEASEPLEASEYOU / Plus an opening support set by SARAH DEAN.
Geoff Lakeman
16th February 2017
£8 advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Geoff is a Devonian singer and duet concertina player and the father of folk stars Sean, Sam and Seth. He plays an intriguing mix of folk song, Americana and 20s jazz and we happily booked him after an impressive Singers Night spot last year.
Worry Dolls
23rd February 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
London-based Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones form this “brilliantly quirky” alt-Americana / country duo, touring to promote their first full album of co-written songs, recorded recently in Nashville. They play guitar, banjo and ukulele and both sing, offering what R2 Magazine has described as "great harmonies and stirring folk-pop songs”.
The Churchfitters
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
2nd March 2017
This is a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, quite simply one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we regularly 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. If you’ve seen this Anglo-French trio before you’ll surely want to come again. ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISED
(NCEM Concert) Leveret
6th March 2017
£16 full / £14 Concessions
Leveret brings together three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are supreme masters of their chosen instruments (melodeon, fiddle, concertina) and have been involved in numerous high profile collaborations with artists such as Bellowhead, Nancy Kerr and The Full English. Their repertoire is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and modern, with original settings of ancient folk tunes sitting alongside the finest of new compositions. They combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity to produce a sound both timeless and contemporary, warm, listenable, engaging and refreshing. Opening set by singer-songwriter Toni Bunnell.
Singers & Musicians Night
9th March 2017
£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 Causley
16th March 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
An acclaimed singer for over a decade and nominated no fewer than five times in BBC Folk Awards, Jim finally makes a York solo debut. Expect a rich baritone voice and a wide repertoire of traditional songs, many from his native West Country, plus originals and settings of poems by relative Charles Causley, mainly accompanied on accordion.
Kieran Halpin
23rd March 2017
£10 advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Kieran is one of our perennial favourites – this will be something like his 14th solo appearance! He is an exceptional songwriter, widely covered by other artists, and a dynamic performer, his skills honed by 35 years on the road across Europe and beyond. Powerful, passionate, intimate and intense, Kieran lives every song on stage.
(NCEM Concert) Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe
28th March 2017
£15 full / £13 concessions
Two of the British acoustic / folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces tonight for a shared concert filled with lyrics and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their very successful approach to the writing craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living room song-swaps. Expect an eclectic mix of solo compositions alongside material from the brand new album of co-written songs, The Janus Game. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy … and a very special evening of music. NOTE - No opening act. SUPPORTED BY THE YORK LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2017
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Singers & Musicians Night
30th March 2017
£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.
Debra Cowan
6th April 2017
£8 advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
This excellent New England singer blends Celtic and Appalachian influences on a wide repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk songs, some acapella, others with guitar. Debra always impresses with her vocal clarity, warmth and agility, and her respect for the words and melodies she offers, alongside a friendly and relaxed stage presence.
(NCEM Concert) Faustus
10th April 2017
£16 full / £14 concessions
Making their third appearance at the NCEM, Faustus comprises three more leading lights from the currently vibrant English traditional folk scene. With a plethora of experience between them, they are Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). All three of them sing and with an instrumental mix of melodeon, bouzouki, guitar, fiddle and oboe they offer a richly varied and virtuosic musical display, focusing tonight on material from newest CD Death and Other Animals. Opening set by Steve & Dee Marshall.
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Double Bill: Yan Tan Tether AND Bric-a-Brac
13th April 2017
£8 advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
A Double Bill Easter holiday treat for you! Bric-a-Brac are an adventurous young folk quartet in which York student and occasional Black Swan floor singer/guitarist Bella Gaffney is joined by fiddle, mandolin, whistle and bass, while Yan Ten Tether are a delightful female acapella trio, based in Otley but also counting a York student in their ranks.
Gilmore & Roberts
20th April 2017
£10 advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Katriona (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie (guitar) combine astounding musicianship with strong song-writing and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. They have done great things since first playing here as students all of 10 years ago – three BBC Folk Award nominations, touring with Fairport and much, much more.
Tania Opland & Mike Freeman
27th April 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Tania (Alaska) and Mike (England) tour the world with an eclectic mix of songs in several languages and music played on a vast array of instruments: hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, violin, flute, cittern, hurdy-gurdy, percussion, etc. All is presented with wit and style and for the musically open-minded a great evening is guaranteed.
(NCEM Concert) Calan
3rd May 2017
£15 full / £13 concessions
Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when this energetic young band from Wales takes the stage. Five virtuoso musicians breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into beautiful and haunting songs which explore the legends of Wales with tales of fairies and magic, myth and mischief. Calan are introducing a new generation of listeners to Welsh traditional music as they tour widely across the UK and into Europe, North America and beyond, with their musicianship and huge sense of humour making for an outstanding show. Plus an opening set from special tour guest Dan Wilde
Singers & Musicians Night
4th May 2017
£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.
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
11th May 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
These debut visitors are building a solid reputation on the folk scene for their arresting and moving performances. The songs, both traditional and original, are always given centre stage, brought to life with sensitive arrangements (mostly for guitar and banjo) and stunning vocals. Above all, there is an integrity that shines through their performances, as I witnessed for myself a few months ago.
Vin Garbutt
This concert has been CANCELLED.
18th May 2017
Sadly, Vin has had to cancel all his April, May and June dates to recover from a major operation. His appearances have been rescheduled for 11th & 12th January 2018.
Charity Night in Memory of Julie Affleck
18th May 2017
This fundraising event for St Leonard's Hospice will include performances by Paula Ryan, Judith Haswell, Sarah Dean, Toni Bunnell, Phil Cerny, Eddie Affleck and Ian Pybus. Opening the show will be Ramshackle, which is the Black Swan’s new “house band” comprising Stan, Eddie, Phil and Judith, while the second half of the night will feature a high-profile nationally known headliner duo, which we are not yet at liberty to name, so watch this space! Note that Vin Garbutt's postponed appearances have now been rescheduled for 11th & 12th January 2018
(Friday Extra) Vin Garbutt
This concert has been CANCELLED.
19th May 2017
Sadly, Vin has had to cancel all his April, May and June dates to recover from a major operation. His appearances have been rescheduled for 11th & 12th January 2018.
Miranda Sykes
25th May 2017
All tickets £12
The acclaimed “third member” of Show of Hands returns to her solo roots. After twenty years and more of playing with other top musicians, Miranda is touring this spring as she started out - one woman, one double bass, and one guitar. Her Borrowed Places project draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire, but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific: the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself on guitar or bass, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live. This is one you won’t want to miss.
Singers & Musicians Night
1st June 2017
£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 2017 - Day One
2nd June 2017
City of York Folk Weekend 2017 - Day Two
3rd June 2017
City of York Folk Weekend 2017 - Day Three
4th June 2017
An Evening with the Seeger MacColl Family
7th June 2017
All tickets £18
HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK, YO24 1AW. DOORS 7.30PM, MUSIC FROM 8.00PM. The Seeger MacColl family are one of folk music’s most-loved dynasties. Singer, songwriter and feminist icon Peggy Seeger performs tonight with her sons Neill and Calum MacColl. Join these three exceptional musicians for a gloriously relaxed evening of great music and witty family banter. Expect to hear songs of love, politics and storytelling, including material from Peggy’s award-winning latest album, alongside some of the late Ewan MacColl’s best loved songs. This is an intimate evening with a remarkable family that will linger long in the memory. PROMOTED JOINTLY BY PLEASE PLEASE YOU AND THE BLACK SWAN FOLK CLUB. Tickets also available at The Inkwell, Gillygate, York.
Reg Meuross
8th June 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This multi-award winning singer-songwriter has been active on the acoustic music scene for over 30 years, so this certainly qualifies as a belated Black Swan debut. Whether it’s a folk club, a village hall or the Royal Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage an intimate collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. He has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level, with his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.
Dave Kelly
15th June 2017
£13 advance / £15 on the door / Students half price
Here is a solid gold treat for all acoustic blues fans and guitar buffs. This legendary singer and guitarist has been a fixture on the British music scene for 50 years, latterly alongside Paul Jones et al in the concert hall-filling Blues Band. However, it was as a soloist that Dave started out, playing the small folk and blues clubs (following in the steps of his late lamented big sister Jo-Anne) and he loves to make occasional forays back to his roots. His last visit to the Black Swan was way back in 1995, so we are delighted that he has specifically asked to return here. No bells, no whistles, just Dave’s awesome voice and acoustic slide guitar playing the blues.
Cloudstreet Trio
22nd June 2017
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The Long Hill Ramblers
29th June 2017
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