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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
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.
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
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
18th May 2017
£6
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 an extended spot by Jez Lowe & Kate Bramley. 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
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
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
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
22nd June 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
The exuberant Australian trio of John Thompson, Nicole Murray and Emma Nixon will entertain us right royally with clever vocal harmonies, well-chosen songs (traditional, modern & self-penned) and skilled accompaniments on guitar, concertina, flute and fiddle. Sadly, this must be their final UK tour, so catch them while you can.
The Long Hill Ramblers
29th June 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
On a rare foray from deepest Sussex, the Ramblers comprise angelic vocalist Laura Hockenhull and three top flight players, Tab Hunter on guitar, Ben Paley on fiddle and Dan Edwards on banjo. Expect a repertoire drawn from the finest traditional songs on both sides of the Atlantic, with beautiful lead vocals, rich harmonies and virtuoso musicianship. This is first class folk music with no gimmicks!
Singers & Musicians Night
6th July 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.
The Georgia Shackleton Trio
13th July 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Singing a blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material, Georgia is a graduate of the Newcastle University Folk Music course. Accompanying herself on fiddle and influenced by British, American and Scandinavian traditions, she is joined for this auspicious York debut by guitar powerhouse Aaren Bennett and mandolin ace Nic Zuppardi
Maggie Holland
20th July 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
With a pedigree including Hot Vultures, the English Country Blues Band, Tiger Moth and latterly The Broonzies (with Jez Lowe and Chris Parkinson), Maggie has been involved in folk music for many years. A highly-regarded if occasional songwriter (including the classic A Place Called England), she also sings a range of traditional and modern covers and accompanies on guitar or banjo. She was last here in 2006, which is far too long ago!
Wizz Jones
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
27th July 2017
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
This pioneer of the British folk scene may be in his late 70s but happily for us shows no inclination to retire just yet. A hugely gifted and influential acoustic guitarist, cited by Eric Clapton, Ralph McTell and Keith Richards amongst others, Wizz is also a fine singer and a delightfully modest performer with a wide repertoire of modern songs, blues and originals. This will be a real summer season highlight.
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd August 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.
Joshua Burnell
10th August 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on door / Students half price
A very talented young York-based musician, Joshua will be joined tonight by an acoustic version of his regular band, including singer Frances Sladen, together with Irish harp and melodeon player Catriona Cannon, to focus on a selection of traditional numbers from his ambitious Seasons project, which sees the release of a brand new folk song or instrumental recording each week for an entire year.
Alice Jones
17th August 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Hailing from Ripponden in West Yorkshire and a protégé of Pete and Sue Coe and the Ryburn 3 Step project, Alice sings mostly traditional songs accompanied with piano or harmonium, her distinctive voice and innovative style lending a fresh and modern perspective to the material and bringing new life to old songs. She is a welcome debut visitor.
The Trials of Cato
24th August 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
We were one of many clubs to be impressed by this young trio when they toured around open mics and singers nights last winter and we happily invited them back for a paid booking. Robin, Will and Tomos play mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki and guitar and sing mostly original songs with driving rhythms and rousing vocal harmonies.
Singers & Musicians Night
31st August 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.
Eileen McGann
7th September 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Vancouver-based Eileen is regarded as one of North America's finest contemporary folk songwriters, as well as an outstanding singer of traditional songs from Ireland (where she has her family roots), Scotland, England and Canada. She is celebrated for her beautiful voice, compelling guitar style and vibrant stage presence.
Enda Kenny
14th September 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This Irish-born singer-songwriter has lived in Australia since the 1980's. His thoughtful, descriptive story songs about his adoptive homeland have struck a chord with audiences all over Australia and beyond, always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour, and he is a thoroughly entertaining stage performer, as we found in 2015 when he stood in for another indisposed singer at our club.
Tom McConville & Andy Watt
21st September 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
A superlative Geordie fiddle player and singer, Tom has been a professional musician since 1974 and has appeared at our club something like 20 times in his long career – solo, with Pauline Cato, with Kieran Halpin, with the group Dab Hand and in other guises. A great entertainer with a wide and varied repertoire, tonight Tom is accompanied by guitarist Andy Watt. “A performance by Tom is like visiting an old friend” was another folk club organiser’s succinct verdict.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th September 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.
Sarah Jane Scouten
5th October 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This Canadian singer songwriter, booked in 2014 as a total unknown, proved to be one of our very best debut visitors of recent times. Scroll forward three years and she is back with a cracking new album of country flavoured originals, playing UK club dates with her small band and then supporting folk rockers The Paperboys on their British tour. "A sterling example of the top grade Americana coming out of Canada” wrote one reviewer.
(NCEM Concert) EDGELARKS - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
10th October 2017
All tickets £14
Edgelarks is the new name for slide guitarist Phillip Henry and fiddle-singer Hannah Martin. They met in 2009, instantly recognised a powerful musical connection and have performed together ever since. Spotted busking by Steve Knightley, they were invited to accompany Show Of Hands on a breakthrough tour, culminating at the Royal Albert Hall. Subsequently voted Best Duo at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards (and nominated again in 2016), they have released several acclaimed albums and now change their stage name to match latest project Edgelarks. The alchemy of Hannah's evocative songwriting and fiddle and banjo playing and Henry’s much extolled skills on dobro, lap-steel and harmonica creates a wholly distinctive sound - songs of lament, tunes of hope, music burgeoning with ideas and imagery. PLUS SUPPORT The Little Unsaid
Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson
12th October 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Staying with Canadian women, we also welcome back this “storyteller through song” who has been described as “a distaff Woody Guthrie”. With her latest album nominated in the Traditional Roots category of the Juno Awards, Maria continues to write great songs about social and historical themes, blending Celtic folk with bluegrass and country influences. Shannon Johnson accompanies on violin.
Pete Coe
19th October 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
An outstanding veteran of the English folk scene, Pete’s CV includes groups like New Victory Band, Red Shift and Bandoggs and a long-running duo with Chris Coe as well as solo work. He’s an incredibly versatile musician (bouzouki, dulcimer, banjo, melodeon) and a strong, distinctive singer with a rich repertoire of traditional songs and a large portfolio of originals. Above all, he knows how to entrance and inspire a folk audience.
(NCEM Concert) Film - "The Ballad of Shirley Collins"
22nd October 2017
£7 / Concessions £5
A 4PM screening of the new documentary feature film about folk legend Shirley Collins. Partly inspired by her beguiling autobiography America Over the Water, the film retells the tale of her famous song-collecting trip around the Deep South of America with legendary field-recordist Alan Lomax. This story is blended with a celebration of Shirley's major role in the English folk revival of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The film will be preceded by a short (15 minute) set of folk songs sung by York favourites Two Black Sheep & A Stallion.
(NCEM Concert) Bella Hardy - Hey Sammy Album Launch Tour
24th October 2017
£17 / Concessions £15
This York St John graduate first come to prominence as a teenage fiddle player before developing into a great vocalist and increasingly accomplished songwriter. After being named BBC Folk Singer of the Year in 2014 she issued the widely praised album With The Dawn and follows that up this autumn with brand new release Hey Sammy. In the interim she has had extended stays in China and in America, toured widely with Mary Chapin Carpenter and represented Britain at Womex, all the while with fiddles and notebooks to hand to work on new songs. Showcasing that new material, together with a selection from her rich back-catalogue, Bella is joined tonight by Thomas Gibbs at the NCEM’s concert grand piano and the redoubtable Anna Massie on guitar. Plus a support act set from JOSHUA BURNELL.
Singers & Musicians Night
26th October 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.
Martyn Wyndham-Read
2nd November 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Here is a favourite performer on the English folk scene, with a career now spanning 50 years. An exceptionally fine singer and a deceptively modest guitar accompanist, Martyn mixes traditional folk ballads with songs learned in Australia, where he spent several formative years in his youth. He is also a champion of contemporary songwriting, including the work of our own Stan Graham.
(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
6th November 2017
Tonight this renowned guitarist and singer presents material from brand new album Trails & Tribulations, which he calls “a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say”. The record features some of Martin’s most inventive playing yet, displaying his virtuosity on acoustic, electric, resonator and lap-steel guitars, together with banjo and ukulele. Consistently named one of the finest folk guitarists in the world, he is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art. NOTE - no support act.
James Keelaghan
9th November 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Our Canadian strand continues with another of that country’s foremost folk songwriters and touring musicians. James draws on real people, places and events to compose songs described as “poetic, layered tales (which) are richly rewarding and utterly compelling”. PLEASE NOTE James' eighth visit to York will now be a solo performance as his advertised accompanist Hugh McMillan has had to withdraw due to ill-health.
Dana & Susan Robinson
16th November 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
These guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American rural experience are two of our favourite transatlantic visitors, with their unique blend of original song-writing and old time mountain music. Dana and Susan’s musical journey across America never fails to capture the audience’s imagination and listeners switch between humour and poignant reflection as the route unfolds.
(NCEM Concert) Lady Maisery
20th November 2017
£16 / Concessions £14
In an English folk scene presently bursting with bold and innovative music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shines brightly. With their distinctive harmony singing – sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating - and their thoughtful arrangements of both traditional and original songs, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans have earned a thoroughly justified reputation. Whether unearthing the feminist twist hidden in an old folk song, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, demonstrating multi-instrumental talents on accordion, harp, concertina, fiddle, banjo and more, or reviving the lost art (in England) of mouth music or “diddling”, they are supremely skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song. Plus an opening set by women's vocal trio YAN TAN TETHER.
Singers & Musicians Night
23rd November 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.
Peggy Seeger and Family - "The First Time Ever" Tour
27th November 2017
Tickets £18 from WeGotTickets or from venue (evenings) / £20 on door
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. Coinciding with the publication of her memoir and accompanying CD, this concert features singer songwriter and feminist icon Peggy and family members performing her and Ewan MacColl’s most treasured songs from a career spanning over 60 years, interspersed with readings from the memoir. At 82 Peggy is the undisputed queen of folk and political song with a charisma that shines as brightly as ever. She has always had the ability to take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a few songs. Her memoir achieves the same in just a few paragraphs. Put the two together and it’s guaranteed to be a memorable night. PROMOTED JOINTLY BY PLEASE PLEASE YOU AND THE FOLK CLUB.
Georgia Lewis & Friends
30th November 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Georgia is our only debut guest this season and rather special she is. Excellent appearances at several festivals this summer only confirmed the highly favourable impression she first made last year. A top class singer and gifted stage performer, she mixes original songs with great traditional covers, plays the accordion and is superbly accompanied by Rowan Piggott on fiddle and Felix Miller on guitars.
Harp And A Monkey
7th December 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
With instruments including guitar, banjo, melodica, harp and glockenspiel, electro-folk storytellers Martin Purdy, Simon Jones and Andy Smith were a hit on their first visit here. A deep Lancashire sensibility shines through their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life. Tonight’s show will feature songs from their War Stories project of new material and re-worked traditional songs relating to the Great War.
Real Time
14th December 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Our pre-Xmas special brings back some of our favourite musicians from the Scottish Borders. Real Time comprise singer-guitarist Kenny Speirs and keyboardist Tom Roseburgh (both ex John Wright Band) with Carly Blain on fiddle and Eilidh Grant on vocals. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the border, alongside choice contemporary material and a growing number of impressive originals.
(NCEM Concert) John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
18th December 2017
Taking its title from a song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, this show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, and you have the recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. NOTE - no support act.
Christmas Party
21st December 2017
Free entry
Our annual seasonal party night - open to all singers, players and listeners. Free entry - with a bring-and-share supper and a grand raffle.
Club Closed
28th December 2017
Chris While & Julie Matthews
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
4th January 2018
Let’s get 2018 under way in real style! We are delighted that Chris and Julie, more usually found in concert halls and on festival stages, have agreed to do an intimate small venue club show for us. Two of England’s finest songwriters and singers, they surely need no further introduction. Early booking advised!
Anthony John Clarke
11th January 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
A lyricist who is by turns hilarious, serious, compassionate, irreverent, brave and challenging, while also a skilled guitarist with an instantly recognizable voice, this Irish-born, world-travelling troubadour is surely one of the most engaging and entertaining folk performers in the business. We are delighted to welcome him back to York.
Singers & Musicians Night
18th January 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.
Tom Lewis
25th January 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
All aboard for a nautical night! With a repertoire ranging from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring experience (24 years in the Royal Navy), Tom takes us on a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. He accompanies on button accordion and ukulele but above all it is his clear and powerful voice which entertains.
York's Winter Folk Day
28th January 2018
Free to YorkCard holders and local SU Card holders
Live music at the Black Swan Inn for York Residents Festival. The afternoon has Leather’o (2.00), Bella Gaffney & Polly Bolton (2.30), Two Black Sheep & A Stallion (3.00), Paula Ryan (3.30), Union Jill (4.00), Tom McKenzie (4.30) and Toni Bunnell (5.00) while the evening has The Foresters (7.30), Ian Pybus (8.00), White Sail (8.30), Fake Thackray (9.00) and a final hour with Ramshackle, alias Judith, Phil, Eddie, Stan and Chris (9.30).
Clive Carroll
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
1st February 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door
A welcome return by this virtuoso acoustic guitarist with his joyfully eclectic repertoire: everything from 16th century lute music to jazz standards, delta blues, Irish reels and his own ground-breaking compositions, and with his main instrument a Ralph Bown model made right here in York! NOTE that instead of floor singers tonight we have a support set by touring American duo, songwriter BRIGID KAELIN & banjo legend STEVE COOLEY.
Paul Downes
8th February 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Paul has been a working musician since the 1970s, first in a duo with Phil Beer, then with Arizona Smoke Review and the Joyce Gang, more recently solo or with Mick Ryan, yet this will be his Black Swan debut. He is a skilled guitarist and also plays mandocello, mandolin and banjo, with a rich repertoire of original songs and choice covers
(NCEM Concert) Martin & Eliza Carthy
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
13th February 2018
For over 50 years Martin has been one of folk music's best loved, most enthusiastic, innovative and, at times, quietly controversial figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him countless admirers, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon onwards, and his trailblazing musical partners have included Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife, Norma Waterson. Their daughter Eliza is likewise one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her own generation, twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades. More than most, she has revitalised English folk and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances. Father and daughter together will be pure magic! PLUS SUPPORT Phil Cerny
Singers & Musicians Night
15th February 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.
The Carrivick Sisters
22nd February 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
The music of Devon twins Laura and Charlotte is rooted in bluegrass and country but has a distinctive English folk twist. As we know from three previous visits, they are exemplary musicians, performing mostly original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro and clawhammer banjo, with those tight vocal harmonies that only siblings can achieve, and a delightful stage manner besides. Highly recommended!
(NCEM Concert) The Ennis Sisters PLUS Dave Gunning
27th February 2018
All tickets £14
An evening of the best of East-Coast Canadian Folk Music. This double-header concert offers two of the best acts from the culturally rich maritime provinces of Canada, a country which punches well above its weight in terms of folk artistry. Singing sisters Maureen, Teresa and Karen Ennis have won numerous awards and accolades for their contemporary songs with an Irish-infused Newfoundland twist, while in a career spanning twenty years, Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Dave Gunning has also picked up a shelf full of Canadian music industry prizes. Neither act has so far achieved a high profile in Britain but this joint tour looks set to redress that, and justifiably so. NOTE no support act.
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.
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