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This concert is now SOLDOUT.
7th February 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Award-winning Dorset duo Jon Whitley and Jay La Bouchardiere are impressing audiences across England with their innovative take on the folk tradition. Combining skilled musicianship with breathtaking vocal harmonies, they deliver great original songs inspired by landscape and history, alongside distinctively reworked traditional numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Phil Beer
12th February 2019
All tickets £17
Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, he is equally in demand for his solo shows. In his 2019 “String Theory” tour he sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship (fiddle, guitar, mandocello, mandolin, South American cuatro and more) and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.
Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese
14th February 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
With a well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as regularly enjoyed with his full band at our Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a popular guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice traditional and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals.
Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson
21st February 2019
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
This exciting cross-generational partnership gave us a truly memorable performance five years ago and we are delighted to bring them back. Alistair is of course a celebrated Northumbrian piper, concertina player and composer, while Dan is one of the finest young banjo players in Britain, as well as a superb singer and guitarist. We can expect some impressively dextrous and energetic musical fireworks tonight.
(NCEM Concert) Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle
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26th February 2019
£20 / Concessions £18 / u35s (limited nos) £6
Ten years since their first trio performances, Celtic music’s legendary musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are out on the road again with their distinctive blend of top class folk songs, stirring tunes and charming bonhomie. Masters respectively of flute, fiddle and song/guitar, Mike John and John have shared stages and recording studios with some of the biggest names in popular music, from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller and Joan Baez, as well as being key participants in the annual Transatlantic Sessions tour. We can expect a beautifully crafted musical treat, one to be savoured for a very long time. PLUS SUPPORT North Yorkshire singer songwriter Martin Heaton.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th February 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
The Churchfitters
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
7th March 2019
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
This is a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we host. Witness a bass guitar made out of a frying pan, or heart wrenching vocals accompanied by musical saw, or foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with funk-rock bouzouki. Shows by this Anglo-French trio always sell out, so book early!
(NCEM Concert) The Rheingans Sisters
11th March 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £6
Rowan and Anna are a unique and unmissable act, making playful, powerful and deeply connecting music that is wholly contemporary while firmly anchored in European folk traditions. Having studied extensively in France and Scandinavia, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of folk music from British and continental cultures, music which fits seamlessly alongside their own beguiling compositions (one of which was voted Best Original Track in the 2016 Folk Awards). Audiences everywhere have been captivated by the sisters’ full-hearted live shows, with their adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar and percussion. PLUS SUPPORT from one of our favourite local singers JUDITH HASWELL
Yan Tan Tether
14th March 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Another act from lively Otley, Rosie Knighton, Tess Leslie and Lynne O’Malley have built a glowing reputation around Yorkshire. While they do play instruments such as banjo, guitar and fiddle, their hallmark is beautiful acapella arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs, with spine-tingling harmonies and rollicking good choruses.
The Jenny Sturgeon Trio
21st March 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Making an auspicious York debut, this Shetland-based singer writes songs rich with imagery, inspired by folklore, history and the natural world. “She brings together the old and new with a rare skill" said one review. Jenny also plays in the critically acclaimed alt-folk band Salt House, while in her own trio she is joined on fiddle and guitar by two top class Scottish players, Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie).
(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson + Chris While & Julie Matthews
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26th March 2019
£20 / Concessions £18
CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION. Roland Walls and the Black Swan Folk Club have organised over 140 folk concerts at the NCEM since 2001, providing a highly valued and thoroughly enjoyable strand in its programming. Roland is now seriously ill with motor neurone disease and has been receiving considerable practical and financial support from the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His many friends in the folk world have rallied round to offer their assistance and tonight’s fundraiser for the MNDA features two leading acts that Roland has booked many times over his long career. Chris While & Julie Matthews are two of England’s finest acoustic songwriters and singers and perform with great stage presence, while Martin Simpson is consistently named one of the best folk guitarists in the world, with a rich repertoire of original songs, traditional ballads and choice covers. He is the most nominated artist in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, most recently as Musician of the Year in 2018.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th March 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Nidd PLUS Don't Feed The Peacocks
4th April 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
This Young Bands Double Bill features an array of super talented musicians from northern England who met through the National Youth Folk Ensemble. Nidd comprise Kerran Cotterell on guitar, Owen Spafford on fiddle and Ellen McGovern on flute and Uilleann pipes, while Owen is also in Don’t Feed The Peacocks, alongside James Haigh on guitar, Martin Parker on accordion and saxophone, Alex Lord on fiddle, Cori Smith on viola and Phoebe Harty on cello and saxophone. Do come and give these youngsters a listen!
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
11th April 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
Let’s welcome back these great Scottish singers and players. Mairearad (Poozies, King Creosote) on accordion and bagpipes and Anna (Blazin’ Fiddles, RANT) on guitar, banjo and fiddle make up a captivating duo, their high energy performances displaying an almost telepathic interplay, tempered by a warm and friendly stage presence.
(NCEM Concert) Peter Knight's Gigspanner
17th April 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £6
Since leaving folk-rockers Steeleye Span, legendary fiddler Peter Knight has focussed on Gigspanner, where his playing is complimented by the flawless guitar work of Roger Flack and the hand drums and percussion of Sacha Trochet. The trio has established a burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. British folk music forms the bedrock of their repertoire, but their arrangements stretch the envelope and bring in subliminal, multicultural influences from French, Cajun, Cuban, East European and other traditions. “Spellbinding" "sublime" "blown away" "inspired" and "magical" are words which occur over and over in reviews.
Singers & Musicians Night
18th April 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
25th April 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This young man’s guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, intricate and faultless” and his singing is also top notch. He certainly impressed us on his previous visit, in 2014, when he had barely turned twenty. Sunjay’s repertoire spans blues, folk and pop material plus originals, and he is a natural performer with great charm and self-confidence.
Rosie Hodgson & Rowan Piggott
2nd May 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Rosie is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Sussex who grew up surrounded by traditional music and is a former BBC Young Folk Award finalist, while fiddle-singer Rowan grew up likewise on the west coast of Ireland, where his father is a member of De Dannan. He now lives in England and amongst many other projects plays with recent club guests The Georgia Lewis Band. Together, he and Rosie will showcase material from her recent and well-received debut album Rise Aurora.
Grace Petrie
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9th May 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door
Yes, this event is already Sold Out! Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won her an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She has toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on Radio 4’s The Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. Her new album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released .last September.
Singers & Musicians Night
16th May 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
(NCEM Concert) The Melrose Quartet
20th May 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £6
Comprising the award-winning Nancy Kerr on fiddle with James Fagan on bouzouki or guitar, Jess Arrowsmith on fiddle and Richard Arrowsmith on melodeon, and with all four of them being strong singers, this Sheffield-based but internationally renowned group has a reputation for state-of-the-art modern British folk music that truly connects with audiences. They have a rich repertoire of both a-Capella and accompanied traditional songs, alongside self-penned numbers that merge seamlessly into the folk canon, and they also excel at instrumental sets that re-invigorate social dance rhythms from Britain and beyond. This is an auspicious return visit to the NCEM. PLUS SUPPORT from local trio The Old Humpy Band.
Pilgrims' Way
23rd May 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
With influences from early music through Playford and Morris to prog rock, soul, and pop, this band feeds folk music through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine! Ed Beasant (melodeon), Tom Kitching (fiddle) and multi-instrumentalist Jon Loomes are joined by Jude Rees, ex Isambarde (oboe, vocals) and Heather Sirrel (bass). This appearance replaces the one in March last year which was scuppered by heavy snow.
Ye Vagabonds
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30th May 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn create beautiful harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. Raised in Carlow and now resident in Dublin, they have become a staple of the vibrant live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Britain and America, with guitars, mandolins and other stringed instruments
City of York Folk Weekend, Day 1
31st May 2019
John Watterson from Poppleton is widely regarded as the foremost interpreter of the wonderful wordsmithery of the late Jake Thackray and he takes his show An Evening Without Jake Thackray to venues across the country. John is very kindly giving us a free performance on the Friday evening in the marquee. Meanwhile the York Irish Association will be holding their customary free-and-easy session until late in the upstairs club room and across town at The Three Legged Mare on High Petergate there is the usual lively Friday night songs and tunes session. FOR THE FULL PROGRAMME, SEE THE FOLK WEEKEND PAGE ON THIS SITE.
City of York Folk Weekend, Day 2
1st June 2019
Live music kicks off at 1 PM on Saturday in the marquee, where the running order for the day is Union Jill, The Duncan McFarlane Band, Kaminari Taiko Drumming Duo, Ramshackle, Chechelele, David Ward Maclean, Two Black Sheep & A Stallion, The Bronze, Moonshine Creek, Edwina Hayes and Root 64. Indoors on Saturday there are afternoon and evening events in the upstairs room. The former features Les Rustiques, Phil Pipe, Simon Alexander, Martin Heaton, Matthew Mason, Toni Bunnell and That Mitchell & Wife Sound, then after a short break the evening running order is Tommy Coyle, Colin Cutler, Mikkelsson, The Lennanshees, David Swann, Judith Haswell, John Storey and Paula Ryan. FOR THE FULL PROGRAMME, SEE THE FOLK WEEKEND PAGE ON THIS SITE.
City of York Folk Weekend, Day 3
2nd June 2019
In the marquee things get under way again at 1 PM on Sunday, when the line-up is The Dan Webster Band, Leather’o, Blonde on Bob, Soundsphere, Tengu Taiko Drummers, The Ale Marys, White Sail, King Courgette, Fawn and finally Boss Caine. Wolfe Room events begin at 11 AM on Sunday with the always popular singing workshop hosted by Soundsphere, then at 2 PM the York Songwriters Circle showcase their members work for a couple of hours. A late afternoon concert offers Alex O’Neil, Caramba and Pen & Stu, then the main evening event consists of Eddie Affleck, Tom McKenzie, Bella Gaffney, Phil Cerny, Sarah Dean and to wrap up the weekend Stan Graham. Oak Room events on Sunday include a workshop on arranging traditional folk songs, presented by Joshua Burnell, and a Poems & Pints spoken word session hosted by John Gilham. FOR THE FULL PROGRAMME, SEE THE FOLK WEEKEND PAGE ON THIS SITE.
Singers & Musicians Night
6th June 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Bob Fox
13th June 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
Don’t miss this chance to experience Bob’s warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar playing and newly honed melodeon skills. Expect to hear songs of love, joy, work and humour as he performs material from WarHorse (in which he played Songman for much of the last 8 years) alongside songs from the new Radio Ballads and old favourites from his native North East and beyond. Advance booking advised!
Will Kaufman: Woody Guthrie & Old Man Trump
20th June 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This UK based American singer and scholar is widely regarded as the world's leading authority on Woody Guthrie and has entertained us right well twice before. Will’s latest show mixes song, narrative and visual imagery to tell the story of Guthrie's battles against his racist Brooklyn landlord, Fred C. Trump, father of the US president, and is based on unpublished songs, letters, and notebooks that Will discovered in the Guthrie Archives
Gilmore & Roberts
27th June 2019
£10 in 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 Leeds students all of 12 years ago – three BBC Folk Award nominations, touring with Fairport and much, much more. They released an acclaimed fifth studio album, A Problem of Our Kind, only last October.
Singers & Musicians Night
4th July 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Bill Jones
11th July 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Bill (Belinda) Jones was a widely admired young singer in the early 2000’s, winning the Horizon (Best Newcomer) BBC Folk Award in 2001, releasing three albums, doing many festival appearances, and touring across the UK and beyond, including three visits to York. She took a break in 2004 to raise her family and was much missed, but now she is finally returning. A new CD of traditional, modern and self-penned songs is imminent, all in her appealing and accessible style, and she has summer tour dates in Britain and USA. Let’s welcome her back.
Dom Prag
18th July 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
This young singer from the south coast greatly impressed us with a short floor spot last summer and so we have invited him back for a full booking. His music knits together folk traditions with a range of other influences. ‘Great playing, singing and writing and a lovely stage presence’ says Julie Matthews, ‘watch out, his star is definitely on the rise
Graham Hodge
25th July 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
It is our pleasure to once again 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
1st August 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Charity Night with Ramshackle and others
8th August 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
We continue our fundraising efforts for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with a fun night head lined by our “house band” Ramshackle, compromising club residents Eddie Affleck, Phil Cerny, Chris Euesden, Stan Graham and Judith Haswell. Expect a light-hearted mix of mostly familiar songs with plenty of banter and lots of opportunity to sing along. Other artists appearing include the inimitable uke man Paul Culkin, classical guitarist Alex O'Neil, Americana from Matt Ransom and Elaine Wallace plus a special appearance from East Anglia's John Ward trio.
Crookes Folk Club Exchange Visit
15th August 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / students half price
Last summer we had a great “club swap” with the lively Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield, so much so that we are now repeating it. Ramshackle (see above) will visit Crookes on 9th August and tonight we welcome several of their residents to York: classical guitarist Emma Bolton, Pete Gilbert, doing original songs and covers, singer/songwriter Charlie Osguthorpe and The Flow.
Martyn Wyndham-Read & Iris Bishop
22nd August 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
One of our favourite performers, Martyn has been a fixture on the English folk scene for over 50 years. A golden voiced singer and a deceptively modest guitar accompanist, he mixes traditional ballads with songs learned in his youth in Australia and choice contemporary numbers, including some by our own Stan Graham. Tonight he is joined by Iris Bishop, one of this country’s outstanding concertina and accordion song accompanists.
Singers & Musicians Night
29th August 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
The Hunch
5th September 2019
£9 advance £10 on the door (students half price)
A first-time appearance at the club for this band singing and playing a variety of Irish folk, Americana, Blues and Flamenco. The Hunch features Michael Doonan, founder member of the legendary 70s folk-rock band Hedgehog Pie. Michael comes from a famous Tyneside musical dynasty. His father John was an all Ireland piccolo champion and a leading figure in the UK 60's folk revival. Michael is joined by Bob Thomas (percussion/harmonica) a member of folk-rock outfit Kitsyke Will, Chris Hanks(guitar/vocals) and Tony Bacon (keyboards/accordion/vocals) both from West Yorkshire’s thriving roots music scene. Expect a collective ready wit, an easy rapport with the audience and a gig which is tasteful, exciting, assured, soulful and enjoyable.
The Furrow Collective in concert at The Crescent
8th September 2019
£15 in advance
The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (also on Hudson Records). November 2018 saw their third album ‘Fathoms’, produced by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell. On it, the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into old folk songs. The Furrow Collective tour extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song, and now comes their York debut.
Reg Meuross
12th September 2019
£10 advance £11 on the door (students half price)
A welcome return for acclaimed singer and songwriter Reg Meuross. A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.
Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
19th September 2019
£9 adv £10 otd students half price
Promoting their new album ‘The Cooley & Mourne’ it’s a great pleasure to welcome Cathryn and Brian back to the Black Swan Folk Club. Cathryn Craig is from Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter. She has sung with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. Her great-grandfather Jacob Sowder was recorded by Cecil Sharp and is featured in Sharp’s book "English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians". Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs and also with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python. Both Cathryn and Brian have accompanied Nanci Griffith.
Roland Walls Memorial Concert in aid of the MNDA
24th September 2019
£20 advance
MARTIN CARTHY AND WIZZ JONES - A VERY SPECIAL EVENT AT THE CRESCENT COMMUNITY VENUE, OFF BLOSSOM STREET. We continue our fundraising efforts for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with an exciting double bill featuring two of the longest serving and most influential singer/guitarists on the British folk and acoustic music scene, both of whom have made multiple appearances in York during our club's lifetime.
Singers & Musicians Night
26th September 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
3rd October 2019
£10 advance £11 on the door (students half price)
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the most celebrated duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim. "To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists." (The Guardian) "A seamless mix of original and traditional songs, beautifully weighted playing and a preoccupation with profound questions of political, social and environmental concerns."(Songlines)
(NCEM Concert) Andy Irvine
7th October 2019
£16 £14(concessions) £6(under 35s limited number available)
A regular guest of the Black Swan Folk Club over many years, we welcome Andy Irvine to the NCEM. A fine musician, Andy has played with legendary Irish folk bands Sweeney’s Men, Planxty and Patrick Street, collaborated with the likes of Paul Brady and Donal Lunny, and is a world music pioneer firmly established as one of the great Irish singers. Filling the role of the archetypal troubadour, his show and travelling lifestyle reflect his lifelong influence Woody Guthrie, with a repertoire of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes and self-penned material. He is hailed as “a tradition in himself”. A voice that uncovers the very soul of Ireland. “Often copied, never equalled” The Irish Times Supporting Andy Irvine will be acclaimed Irish harpists Catriona Cannon and Kathleen Loughnane. book online
Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton: Words and Music
10th October 2019
£13 in advance / £15 on door
Iain Matthews’s critically acclaimed memoir Thro’ My Eyes was written in collaboration with author, broadcaster and storyteller Ian Clayton. The book is structured around a series of Matthews’s songs and illustrated by the stories that inspired them. Tonight they bring the book to life with a new music and words show. Ian Clayton will read stories from the book interspersed with live songs from Iain Matthews. The show will follow the story of Iain’s life, from a Scunthorpe childhood obsessed with football and music, to thrusting himself into the heart of Carnaby Street in the swinging-sixties. In 1967, he was recruited as lead vocalist for folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention before embarking on a hugely successful and prolific career as a solo artist and in the groups Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, including a No. 1 ht single with ‘Woodstock’. In 1973,when an invitation was extended to record in LA with ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, Iain took it with open arms. The opportunity to work with musicians and songwriters he had admired from afar led him to stay; he lived and worked in the USA for the next 27 years, through highs and lows, with extended stints in Los Angeles, Seattle and Austin. In 2000, in an an act of personal and professional renewal, he moved to the Netherlands, where he still lives and works to this day. Throughout those fifty years, Iain has never stopped working, with music driving him forward every step of the way. The show will be a highly entertaining and intimate occasion, rich in stories and wonderful live music, presenting the story of an artistic life through the eyes of one of our most enduring singer-songwriters.
Christine Collister & Michael Fix
17th October 2019
£13 in advance / £15 on door
Christine’s first visit since 2010. This time she appears with virtuoso guitarist Michael Fix. Collister & Fix are in the throes of creating another beautiful mix of self-penned and emotionally intelligent interpretations of classic pop/folk/rock songs. ‘I can’t get that beautiful music from Saturday night out of my head. I kept thinking ‘This is as good as it gets!’ ‘ Her singing was powerful and emotional, shifting effortlessly from soft and angelic to knock you out Janice Joplin style. Michael Fix’s guitar was equally superb.’ Reviews from the duo’s recent Australian tour.
(NCEM Concert) The Unthanks The Emily Brontë Song Cycle
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
23rd October 2019
£22 / Concessions £20
The Unthanks invite us into the darkly passionate world of Emily Brontë, with a song cycle bearing all the quiet beauty they are known and loved for. Commissioned to mark Brontë’s 200th birthday, and using her original cabinet piano to write on, Yorkshire born Unthanks composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of her poems into song, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank and recorded in the Parsonage in Haworth where Emily lived and worked. Captured and released as Part 3 of Lines - a trilogy of records inspired by female writers across time - this live performance of The Emily Brontë Song Cycle will also feature songs from the other records that make up Lines, promising an atmospheric evening, and at its heart, a unique collaboration between a literary great and one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands working today. “The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them.” Martin Freeman “There are few times when you hear an album or discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear.” Maxine Peake. PLUS special guests The Bookshop Band
Singers & Musicians Night
24th October 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Dan McKinnon
31st October 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on door
Another appearance from one of our most regular Canadian guests who is now a firm favourite. With his rich baritone voice and sympathetic guitar accompaniment Dan will no doubt once again entertain with an evening of self-penned material laced with stories and themes from his native country and his greatest influence the late Stan Rogers.
Winter Wilson
7th November 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on door
Winter Wilson last played the Black Swan in 2017 and have since gone from strength to strength. In 2018 they released a highly acclaimed album “Far Off on the Horizon”, and then toured with folk legends Fairport Convention. Their 2019 schedule maintains the momentum, including tours of Australia, Canada and Europe, plus the release of “Live & Unconventional”, a live album recorded on tour and featuring Fairport. Singing out for the underdog in glorious harmony, with a hatful of laughs for good measure.
Sarah McQuaid
14th November 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on door
We welcome acclaimed singer songwriter and guitarist Sarah McQuaid back to the Black Swan. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, she has also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.
Singers & Musicians Night
21st November 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
(NCEM Concert) The Kitty Macfarlane Band
25th November 2019
£14 / Concessions £12
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her lyrics touch on climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world. Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian's Best Folk Albums in 2018 and has received a great deal of national airplay. She will be accompanied by her exciting new band line-up which includes acclaimed young folk musicians Sam Kelly, Jamie Francis and Jim Molyneux. Support on this evening is from The Bronze.
Allan Taylor
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
28th November 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on door
For more than fifty years Allan Taylor has travelled the world performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs. He is considered to be one of the foremost singer-songwriters and guitarists in his genre, with more than one hundred recorded versions of his songs by artists in ten different languages. One song in particular, “It’s Good to See You” was a hit in many countries, and to date, there are eighty cover versions of this song.
The Trials of Cato
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
5th December 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on door
One of our most eagerly anticipated nights of the year, The Trials of Cato who arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Hailed as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” by BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe, their live show “invariably stuns audience wherever they play” (FATEA Magazine).The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them. Early booking for this one is recommended.
Flossie Malavialle
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
12th December 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on door
Flossie is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002 and has played the Black Swan Folk Club on several occasions. Since her first York gig she’s gone on to play throughout the UK and far beyond. Singing and playing a wide variety of songs in French, English and Spanish interspersed with a touch of humorous Geordie-French banter which gives her performances a certain "je ne sais quoi"... fun and emotion guaranteed! From established folk songs to jazz standards, from blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics, her wide répertoire appeals to all.
(NCEM Concert) A Winter Union
16th December 2019
£16 / Concessions £14
A Winter Union is a festive folk band like no other. Five leading lights of the British Roots scene. Soaring vocals, exquisite musicianship and a delightful repertoire of folk songs from across Yuletide traditions. Featuring Katriona Gilmore, Jamie Roberts, Jade Rhiannon, Ben Savage and Hannah Sanders.
Christmas Party
19th December 2019
Club Closed
26th December 2019
Ramshackle and The Old Humpy Band
2nd January 2020
£6 advance
2020 at The Black Swan Folk Club begins with some familiar faces. House band Ramshackle, Chris, Eddie, Judith, Phil and Stan with their usual eclectic mix of acoustic music. Their repertoire is bound to include a helping of songs designed to get everyone singing along. Also on the bill are local favourites The Old Humpy Band with a wealth of music from many past and present musical collaborations playing folk to easy listening. The band members are Dee Marshall (flute, saxophone, percussion, and vocals,) Jo Wheldon (fiddle and vocals,) and Steve Marshall (guitar bouzouki and vocals).
Singers and Musicians Night
9th January 2020
£3 and £2(performers) no advance sales
Our first open house of the New Year all singers and musicians are welcome. Come along and sing a few songs play a few tunes or just enjoy the music. Everyone welcome. If you want to perform,leave your name on the door when you come in.
Eddie Walker and Frank Porter
16th January 2020
£8 advance
It’s a very welcome return for our old friend Eddie Walker to the Black Swan Folk Club and this time in duo format with long-time friend and collaborator Frank Porter. A folk musician for 5 decades with his eclectic mix of roots guitar repertoire and self-written material across several genres, contemporary folk, country blues, guitar ragtime, swing and 1930s popular song Eddie has played the Cambridge Folk Festival on three occasions and toured widely. Before teaming-up with Frank again 6 years ago he produced a new CD, Red Shoes & Blues with ex Paulo Nutini harmonica virtuoso, Fraser Speirs. Frank was a member of the famous Teesside Fettlers during a time that included appearances at the Royal Albert Hall such was the appeal of that North East folk supergroup in the '70s. Over a following 40 year career his skill as both an acoustic guitarist and bass player has forever been in demand by the likes of Vin Garbutt and Judith Haswell. With their new CD, Old Friends-Full Circle, expect an evening capturing the essence of what they are about with lots of ''Fred and Ginger'' dance songs, Western Swing Teesside style, novelty tunes and ragtime, all performed on two acoustic guitars.
Danny Pedler and Greg Russell
23rd January 2020
£10 advance
Danny Pedler & Greg Russell bring you Field & Dyke combining traditional music with the sounds of industry. Grown out of an oral history research project conducted by Danny, the music incorporates samples of dialogue from Field & Dyke Interviewees as well as being based around factory machine rhythms. These innovative music making techniques create songs that explore folk music as a vehicle to communicate the feeling behind the social and cultural themes present in 21st century England.
York's Winter Folk Day
26th January 2020
Free to all York residents and local students. £3 OTD to others
Fourteen different folk music artists, solo, duos and groups will be performing at our annual Winter Folk Day part of York Residents Festival 2pm to 10-30pm This is always a very popular event, come early to avoid disappointment. Artists include 2pm-Two Black Sheep and a Stallion, 2-30pm-Dave Hardy, 3pm-Judith Haswell, 3-30pm-Leather'O 4pm-Toni Bunnell 4-30pm-Phil Cerny, 5pm-Chris Euesden, 5-30pm-Paula Ryan, 6pm-Ramshackle, (interval 6-30pm to 7-30pm) 7-30pm- The Old Humpy Band, 8pm-Eddie Affleck, 8-30pm-White Sail, 9pm-Stan Graham, 9-30pm-Sarah Dean, 10pm-Big Band Finale.
The Mile Roses
30th January 2020
£10 advance
Contemporary folk with a nod towards Nashville. Kate Bramley, Simon Haworth & Kari Macleod are three singer songwriters with eclectic and diverse roots. Born out of a musical interest in both British folk and the transatlantic connections to new country and Americana the trio are fast gaining a reputation across the UK folk scene. Original songs and close three part harmonies, accompanied by guitars, fretless bass, cittern, mandolin and duelling fiddles. Expect haunting ballads, swinging country, celtic roots and driving folk choruses.
Singers and Musicians Night
6th February 2020
£3 and £2 for performers no advance sales
Another open house. All singers and musicians are very welcome. Come along and sing a few songs play a few tunes or just enjoy the music. Everyone welcome. If you want to perform,leave your name on the door when you come in. Music starts at 8-15pm.
Lisa O'Neill
13th February 2020
£13 advance
Lisa O'Neill from County Cavan is an Irish songwriter like no other. Over the years she has quietly built a reputation for herself on the Irish and international scenes and now has a growing following with her unique folk sound, strong song-writing and distinctive voice. A 2019 BBC Folk Award nominee with a rapidly growing cult following, Lisa makes her debut at The Black Swan Folk Club in what promises to be one of our most popular nights of the year.
Ye Vagabonds at The Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW
17th February 2020
£12 advance
Ye Vagabonds brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn played the Black Swan Folk Club to a full and rapturous house in 2018 and now we’re pleased to see them return to one of our larger concert venues. They grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America. They have made numerous television and live radio appearances in Ireland, and were also part of ‘Imagining Home’, a live broadcast concert in the National Concert Hall of Ireland, 2016, curated by Glen Hansard, Philip King and Gary Sheehan. plus support from SARAH DEAN
20th February 2020
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band
20th February 2020
£10 advance
Something a little bit different from a trio who’ve been attracting a lot of attention at Festvals and clubs during the last 12 months or so. First time in at The Black Swan Folk Club for The Goat Roper Rodeo Band. With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, the Goat Ropers are ‘preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard…’ It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues … Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.
Josie Duncan and Hamish Macleod
27th February 2020
£10 advance
Raised in the musical traditions of the Outer Hebrides, Josie Duncan has long been able to exercise a deep understanding of Scotland’s music with her softly strong vocals, enthralling listeners everywhere. Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has performed all over Europe to rapt audiences. Her approach to song although influenced by the tradition always feels modern, with a voice which is somehow delicately soft and yet rich and powerful at the same time. On this tour Josie is accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Hamish Macleod who although he began his musical career learning and performing traditional music now encompasses electronic, jazz and orchestral styles. His own bands have performed headline slots at major music festivals around the country and have been nominated for prestigious awards. As comfortable calling a ceilidh as he is performing for muddy festival goers, Hamish’s broad range of influences have produced a compositional and performance style which lend themselves to any application and he fits perfectly into a duo combination as Josie’s accompanist. "Effortlessly pure, supple vocals. It felt like a fresh breeze." - The Scotsman.