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Niamh Boadle
7th January 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
We’ve known and admired Niamh ever since she was a teenage guest at a Young Performers night in 2008. She’s a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, fiddle and more) and a fabulous singer, tackling English and Irish traditional songs with great maturity, alongside modern covers and some choice self-penned items. A grand start to our year!
Jim Moray
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
14th January 2016
£12 / Concs. £11
Jim is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music. Winner of five BBC Folk Awards and with five ground-breaking albums so far, he stands at the forefront of the folk scene, hailed as a pivotal influence by a whole new generation of roots musicians. His sold out solo show here two years ago was a stunning success and we are delighted to welcome him back
Roisin Ban
21st January 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
Traditional tunes and songs from Ireland and beyond, performed with a real flourish by Chris Dyson, Paddy Heffron, Steve Lacey and Tom Leedale, using fiddle, melodeon, flute, guitar and banjo. This Yorkshire-based Celtic band was a notable hit at our 2015 Folk Weekend and it is a pleasure to bring them back for a club booking.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th January 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.
York's Winter Folk Day
31st January 2016
Free to York Card Holders
We present two concerts at the Black Swan Inn for the York Residents Festival. During the afternoon see Leather’o (2.00), Eddie Affleck (2.30), Union Jill (3.00), Paula Ryan (3.30), Solar Union (4.00), Toni Bunnell (4.30) and Phil Cerny (5.00), then in the evening enjoy Steve & Dee Marshall (7.30), Chris Euesden (8.00), The A-Rhythmics (8.30), Ian Pybus (9.00), Judith Haswell (9.30) and Salter & James (10.00).
The East Pointers
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
4th February 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
There’s a mighty buzz in the air about this hot new Canadian fiddle, banjo and guitar trio. Cousins Koady and Tim Chaisson with Jake Charron bring an exuberant contemporary twist to music rooted in the Irish and Scottish traditions, with powerhouse live shows guaranteed to get hands clapping, feet stomping, and faces smiling.
Bob Fox
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
11th February 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
Rated one of the finest folk singers in England, Bob’s velvet voice, lovely guitar work and wonderful choice of songs, many from his native North East, have delighted audiences since the 1970s. With his long stint as Song Man in the hit stage show Warhorse finally at an end, Bob is free to return to the club scene, much to our pleasure
NEW ROOTS DOUBLE BILL - Saul Bailey PLUS Hannah Cumming
18th February 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
This year’s New Roots showcase features Somerset-based fiddle player and singer Hannah, alongside Saul, a melodeon and English concertina player from Hertfordshire. These nights are usually great fun, so please come and support the youngsters if you can. “It really means a lot” says Hannah.
Singers & Musicians Night
25th February 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.
(NCEM Concert) Barluath
26th February 2016
£14 / Concs. £12
Here is a diverse, innovative and exciting young Scottish folk band based in Glasgow, comprising musicians who met as students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Ainsley Hamill, Alistair Paterson, Colin Greeves, Eddie Seaman, Eilidh Firth and Luc McNally excel at both instrumental numbers and at songs in either English or Gaelic, with fiddle, whistles, highland and border bagpipes, bouzouki, guitar and piano. First getting together in 2010 and with two albums under their collective belt, Barluath have delighted audiences across Scotland, Europe and North America and increasingly in England too. We booked them after seeing three impressive sets at one of 2015’s major festivals. Support from Paula Ryan, singer-songwriter and “Gaelic funkstress”.
The James Brothers
3rd March 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
“Antipodean roots music” from James Fagan (Australia) and Jamie McClennan (New Zealand), taking time out from respective partnerships with Nancy Kerr and Emily Smith to revisit ballads and tunes from their native lands. Expect virtuoso playing (guitar, fiddle, bouzouki), strong singing, distinctive material and good humoured repartee.
Ewan McLennan
10th March 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
Ewan is a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style, a singer who can move audiences with his passion and pathos and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. He is also an outstanding guitarist in the tradition of such as Martin Simpson and Dick Gaughan. This is a well-earned third visit to the Black Swan.
(NCEM Concert) Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party
16th March 2016
£15 / Concs £13
Touring to promote new album release Old Adam, Fay is an award-winning singer with a rare gift for going straight to the heart of a traditional song, as well as an academic folklorist and with partner Jon Boden the organiser of a celebrated folk club. As she continues her exploration of the incredible repertoire found in the folksong tradition, Fay is joined by a stellar group of musicians, some of whom she also worked with in the acclaimed Full English project: Sam Sweeney (fiddle), Rob Harbron (concertina), Roger Wilson (guitar), Ben Nicholls (bass) and Toby Kearney (percussion). At times sparse and contemplative, at times with a wholesome stomp, their arrangements are vivid and engaging, with plenty of choruses and vibrant interaction with the audience. Support from young Leeds folksinger Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne.
Singers & Musicians Night
17th March 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.
Ange Hardy
24th March 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
Horizon trophy finalist at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards and winner of numerous other prizes, Ange is a songwriter and singer from Somerset, performing original numbers written in a traditional style with instruments including guitar, harp, whistle, bodhran and shruti box. Her latest album, inspired by the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, has attracted particular acclaim. This is an auspicious York debut
Bernard Wrigley
31st March 2016
£9 / Concs £8
Welcome back the Bolton Bullfrog! An evening of Bernard’s songs, tall stories and general silliness is always a delight. Watch out for that bass concertina, while the jokes are leavened by some rather tasty guitar picking.
Winter Wilson
7th April 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) are one of the hardest-working duos on the acoustic music scene, with a reputation for fine original songs (covered by the likes of Vin Garbutt), stunning harmonies and spontaneous humour, charming club and festival audiences across the UK.
Singers & Musicians Night
14th April 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.
(NCEM Concert) The Young 'Uns - The "Three For All" Tour
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
15th April 2016
Voted Best Group at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards, The Young’uns have fast become one of the foremost bands on the folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they switch seamlessly from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. Combined with their passion for storytelling and a commitment to social commentary, this has won them five star reviews, live sessions on Radios 2 and 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances across Britain and beyond, with 2016 seeing them embark on their biggest tours to date. They are a superb live act, not to be missed. Support from special tour guest Irish Mythen from Canada.
Sam Carter
21st April 2016
£11 / Concs. £10
A startlingly perceptive and assured singer and composer and a virtuoso guitarist, this York University graduate has been busily honing his craft ever since his breakthrough in 2009, coming up with a steady stream of top class new songs and collaborating in projects such as Sweet Liberties and (with Jim Moray) folk rock band False Lights.
Triple Bill Showcase - Gemma Khawaja, Dariush Kanani, Fireside Knights
28th April 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
Three acts which have greatly impressed us with Singers Night cameo performances. From Norfolk, Gemma is a singer/guitarist in love with the old folk ballads and songs, while Leeds-based Dariush is a folk/blues guitar specialist inspired by legends like John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman. Also from Leeds, Mark, Rachael and Steve make up Fireside Knights, playing well-arranged traditional numbers with guitar, mandolin and percussion.
Dan McKinnon
5th May 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
One of our favourite Canadian singers, with a glorious voice, nimble guitar work and intelligent, well-observed original songs and choice covers. Dan has rightly been called “one of the most engaging and genuine performers on the scene".
Singers & Musicians Night
12th May 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.
(NCEM Concert) The Melrose Quartet
16th May 2016
£14 / Concs. £12
This band has certainly made waves on the British folk circuit in recent times, and little wonder with its illustrious pedigree. The Melrose Quartet brings together multiple BBC Folk Award winners James Fagan and (Singer of the Year in 2015) Nancy Kerr with seasoned Sheffield musical duo Richard and Jess Arrowsmith. Together they offer a bold take on English songs and tunes both old and new, with many of the latter penned by Nancy or Jess. Glorious four-part harmony singing combines with crunchy twin fiddles, full-bodied melodeon and powerful bouzouki in a performance that leaves imaginations stirred, hearts singing and feet tapping. Support from York’s finest acapella trio Two Black Sheep & A Stallion.
Kyle Carey
19th May 2016
£9 / Concs £8
Kyle Carey’s “Gaelic Americana” is, quite simply, a delight. Drawing from both the American and British folk traditions and including some very fine originals, her songs are beautifully crafted and performed. She’s assured, confident, charming and irresistible.
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
26th May 2016
Winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, Josienne and Ben infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart, while Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.
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
All FREE
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
All FREE
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
All FREE
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.
howdenjones
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.
Hungrytown
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.
CLUB CLOSED
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).
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