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Jim Moray
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
1st November 2018
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
Jim is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music. Winner of numerous BBC Folk Awards and author of a series of ground-breaking projects (most recently the semi-orchestral Upcetera and the folk rock False Lights), he stands at the forefront of the folk scene, hailed as a pivotal influence by a whole new generation of roots musicians. Jim’s previous solo shows here were stunning, sold out successes, so we are delighted to welcome him back. Book early!
(NCEM Concert) Daoiri Farrell
6th November 2018
£15 / Concessions £13 / u35s (limited nos) £5
A former electrician who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on television, this Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player is widely acclaimed as one of most important performers to come out of Ireland in recent years, breathing vigorous new life into the Irish folksong repertoire. Daoirí’s breakthrough album True Born Irishman lead to three BBC Folk Award nominations in 2017, more than any other artist, with wins in the Horizon (for best newcomer) and Best Traditional Track categories. Since then he has toured widely around Britain and beyond, including with the Transatlantic Sessions, and at leading festivals such as Cambridge, Shrewsbury and Costa del Folk. PLUS AN OPENING SPOT BY YORK'S LEADING IRISH SINGER DAMIAN FYNES.
Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
8th November 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
On her York debut, “rising star” singer and dulcimer player Kim Lowings is joined by Tim Rogers on percussion, Dave Sutherland on double bass and her father Andrew on guitar and bouzouki. Their energetic sound has been described as “punchy and authentic” by Mike Harding, no less, and cleverly combines original compositions with innovative new arrangements of familiar traditional songs.
MND Fundraiser with Ramshackle, Blackbeards and others
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
15th November 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
As many of you will know, our long-term club organiser Roland Walls is now seriously ill with motor neurone disease (MND). Proceeds from tonight’s concert will be divided between paying for practical measures to help Roland continue to attend the club and making a donation to the local branch of the MND Association. Ramshackle is our lively club “house band” comprising resident performers Stan Graham, Judith Haswell, Chris Euesden, Phil Cerny and Eddie Affleck. Blackbeard's Tea Party will also do a set and there will be floor spots from Toni Bunnell, John Watterson (Fake Thackray) and Steve & Dee Marshall. Please come along and help us raise as much money as possible! Note that this charity event replaces the previously advertised appearance by Ange Hardy – she has recently cancelled all her forthcoming tour dates, including York.
(NCEM Concert) Siobhan Miller
19th November 2018
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £5
Here is one of the foremost young performers in Scotland, a truly exceptional talent whose soulful and stirring take on folk song has won her Singer Of The Year an unprecedented three times at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, as well as this year’s Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track. Siobhan’s superb vocal style has been honed through collaborations and studies with many of Scotland’s top musicians and tradition bearers, while her extensive range spans choice contemporary songs and lyrically rich self-penned material as well as traditional favourites. Touring in support of a brand new third album release, she is accompanied by a small backing band. PLUS AN OPENING SET BY ADVENTUROUS YORK TRIO WHITE SAIL.
Singers & Musicians Night
22nd November 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Steve Tilston
29th November 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
Forty seven years down the road from his seminal first album and Steve remains firmly at the top of his game. As a celebrated song-smith and a superb acoustic guitar player, he has very few equals. To quote the magazine Dirty Linen, Steve “can stand shoulder to shoulder with any guitarist/songwriter in the world”. He has entertained us many times over the years and it is always a great pleasure to welcome him back to York.
Tim Edey
6th December 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Tim Edey is truly multi-talented – a singer, guitarist, accordion player, songwriter, accompanist and producer. Due to make his Black Swan debut in 2013, he was called away to join The Chieftains on a US tour, which shows you just how respected he is by other musicians. At last we have secured another date for him. We can expect everything from Irish tunes and classic Scottish airs to songs that span traditional balladry to country blues, Taoist reflections to Swing Jazz idioms.
Dave Burland & The Awkward Squad
13th December 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
For our end-of-year special, who better than one of our all-time favourite singers? Dave’s rich and mellow vocal tones and his distinctive guitar style are augmented tonight by Dave Fisher on vocals, keyboards, lap steel and pedal steel guitars and Bryan Ledgard on vocals and percussion. Together they perform a collection of songs that all three musicians regard as timeless classic material.
(NCEM Concert) Emily Smith's Songs For Christmas
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
18th December 2018
£17 / Concessions £15 / u35s (limited nos) £5
For her fifth visit to NCEM, the much admired Scottish singer Emily Smith presents her unique Christmas show. Accompanied with guitar, fiddle and backing vocals, she promises a beautiful blend of original and traditional festive songs. Sing along with old carols, tap your toes to upbeat instrumentals or simply close your eyes and let Emily’s evocative voice help you dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring. From humble beginnings in 2012, she has honed this show into a moving, family friendly seasonal night out, material from which has featured on the Songs of Praise Christmas Special, with Emily’s self-penned sing Find Hope play-listed on Radio 2. PLUS AN OPENING SET FROM RYEDALE SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVID SWANN.
Folk Club Christmas Party
20th December 2018
Free
Our annual end-of-year singers night party. Free entry, bring-and-share supper.
Club Closed
27th December 2018
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd January 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Jez Lowe
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
10th January 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
Jez is an outstanding songwriter and performer in the folk world, and a leading musical ambassador for his native North East England. His ceaseless touring has brought him to our club room many times over the last 40 years and it is always a pleasure to welcome him back. Early booking advised!
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
17th January 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
This Otley-based folk, roots and rock & roll combo gave us a great debut show in 2016, so we had no hesitation in inviting them back for a re-match. The line-up is guitars, mandolin, double bass, violin and percussion, with Jon Palmer their songwriter and lead singer, joined by Nick Settle, Wendy Ross, Roy Whyke, Ricky Silvers and Matt Nelson.
The Local Honeys
24th January 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Kentucky singers Linda Jean Stokley (fiddle) and Montana Hobbs (banjo) fuse Appalachian and blue-grass folk traditions and are dedicated to the preservation of old songs and tunes, alongside creating new music within those traditions. They can certainly tear into hard driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound, and tell a damn good story.
York's Winter Folk Day
27th January 2019
Free to YorkCard holders & local SU Card holders
Afternoon (2pm to 5.30pm) and evening (7.30pm to 10.30pm) concerts with local folk artists. Our contribution to the annual York Residents Festival. The afternoon line-up is White Sail (2.00), Toni Bunnell (2.30), Two Black Sheep & A Stallion (3.00), Stan Graham (3.30), The Old Humpy Band (4.00), Judith Haswell (4.30) and Phil Cerny (5.00) while the evening offers Ian Pybus & Annie Curran (7.30), Leather’o (8.00), Crispin Halcrow (8.30), Paula Ryan (9.00) and a final hour with resident band Ramshackle (9.30).
Singers & Musicians Night
31st January 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Ninebarrow
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
7th February 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Award-winning Dorset duo Jon Whitley and Jay La Bouchardiere are impressing audiences across England with their innovative take on the folk tradition. Combining skilled musicianship with breathtaking vocal harmonies, they deliver great original songs inspired by landscape and history, alongside distinctively reworked traditional numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Phil Beer
12th February 2019
All tickets £17
Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, he is equally in demand for his solo shows. In his 2019 “String Theory” tour he sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship (fiddle, guitar, mandocello, mandolin, South American cuatro and more) and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.
Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese
14th February 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
With a well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as regularly enjoyed with his full band at our Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a popular guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice traditional and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals.
Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson
21st February 2019
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
This exciting cross-generational partnership gave us a truly memorable performance five years ago and we are delighted to bring them back. Alistair is of course a celebrated Northumbrian piper, concertina player and composer, while Dan is one of the finest young banjo players in Britain, as well as a superb singer and guitarist. We can expect some impressively dextrous and energetic musical fireworks tonight.
(NCEM Concert) Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
26th February 2019
£20 / Concessions £18 / u35s (limited nos) £6
Ten years since their first trio performances, Celtic music’s legendary musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are out on the road again with their distinctive blend of top class folk songs, stirring tunes and charming bonhomie. Masters respectively of flute, fiddle and song/guitar, Mike John and John have shared stages and recording studios with some of the biggest names in popular music, from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller and Joan Baez, as well as being key participants in the annual Transatlantic Sessions tour. We can expect a beautifully crafted musical treat, one to be savoured for a very long time. PLUS SUPPORT North Yorkshire singer songwriter Martin Heaton.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th February 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
The Churchfitters
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
7th March 2019
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
This is a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we host. Witness a bass guitar made out of a frying pan, or heart wrenching vocals accompanied by musical saw, or foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with funk-rock bouzouki. Shows by this Anglo-French trio always sell out, so book early!
(NCEM Concert) The Rheingans Sisters
11th March 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £6
Rowan and Anna are a unique and unmissable act, making playful, powerful and deeply connecting music that is wholly contemporary while firmly anchored in European folk traditions. Having studied extensively in France and Scandinavia, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of folk music from British and continental cultures, music which fits seamlessly alongside their own beguiling compositions (one of which was voted Best Original Track in the 2016 Folk Awards). Audiences everywhere have been captivated by the sisters’ full-hearted live shows, with their adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar and percussion. PLUS SUPPORT from one of our favourite local singers JUDITH HASWELL
Yan Tan Tether
14th March 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
Another act from lively Otley, Rosie Knighton, Tess Leslie and Lynne O’Malley have built a glowing reputation around Yorkshire. While they do play instruments such as banjo, guitar and fiddle, their hallmark is beautiful acapella arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs, with spine-tingling harmonies and rollicking good choruses.
The Jenny Sturgeon Trio
21st March 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
Making an auspicious York debut, this Shetland-based singer writes songs rich with imagery, inspired by folklore, history and the natural world. “She brings together the old and new with a rare skill" said one review. Jenny also plays in the critically acclaimed alt-folk band Salt House, while in her own trio she is joined on fiddle and guitar by two top class Scottish players, Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie).
(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson + Chris While & Julie Matthews
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
26th March 2019
£20 / Concessions £18
CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION. Roland Walls and the Black Swan Folk Club have organised over 140 folk concerts at the NCEM since 2001, providing a highly valued and thoroughly enjoyable strand in its programming. Roland is now seriously ill with motor neurone disease and has been receiving considerable practical and financial support from the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His many friends in the folk world have rallied round to offer their assistance and tonight’s fundraiser for the MNDA features two leading acts that Roland has booked many times over his long career. Chris While & Julie Matthews are two of England’s finest acoustic songwriters and singers and perform with great stage presence, while Martin Simpson is consistently named one of the best folk guitarists in the world, with a rich repertoire of original songs, traditional ballads and choice covers. He is the most nominated artist in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, most recently as Musician of the Year in 2018.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th March 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
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.
Sunjay
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
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
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
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
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
Free
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
Free
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
Free
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
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Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
19th September 2019
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MNDA Fundraiser: Martin Carthy and Wizz Jones at The Crescent
24th September 2019
£20 advance
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
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(NCEM Concert) Andy Irvine
7th October 2019
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Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton: Words and Music
10th October 2019
£13 in advance / £15 on door / on sale soon
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
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(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
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Winter Wilson
7th November 2019
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Sarah McQuaid
14th November 2019
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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
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Allan Taylor
28th November 2019
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