Black Swan Folk Club

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(Concert at the Crescent Club)
This concert has been CANCELLED.
24th August 2020
This concert takes place at the Crescent Club. 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW.
Chris While and Julie Matthews 'A Virtual Concert'
15th October 2020
“They light up the room with their amazing energy” James Taylor Truly gifted human beings" Richard Hawley With more than 25 years of unrivalled musical partnership, gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, much beloved British singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews celebrated a quarter of a century last year as one of the best loved and most prolific female duos to come out of this country. This year due to the ongoing Corona Virus situation their performing a series of virtual concerts exclusive to some of their favourite venues including The Black Swan Folk Club in York. Chris and Julie have played more than 2,600 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Now, 25 years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever on their most recent and 11th studio album, Revolution Calls. This exclusive on-line concert will be followed by a Zoom Q and A session with Chris and Julie.
GRACE PETRIE new date 11 April 2021 (Concert at the Crescent Club)
3rd November 2020
£14 adv
This concert takes place at the Crescent Club. 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW.
A folk singer, songwriter and activist from Leicester, UK, she has been writing, recording and touring relentlessly for ten years. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over audiences everywhere, across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.
This concert has been CANCELLED.
17th November 2020
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo. Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ‘Equation’ through to the current release ‘Personae’ with a nod or two along the way to their extracurricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle stop tour through their artistic journey to date. ‘It’s folk music for the modern age.’ The Telegraph
ELIZA CARTHY new date Wed September 8th 2021 (Concert at the Crescent Club)
24th January 2021
This concert takes place at the Crescent Club. 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW.
Eliza Carthy MBE should need no introduction. A multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician from a formidable English music dynasty. Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza Carthy is one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival. Her first “solo” album of traditional music in 14 years, Restitute is literally a homely affair, recorded at Eliza’s home in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. The band for the Restitute tour comprises Eliza Carthy, Ben Seal, Ben Somers, Willy Molleson and David Delarre with a support slot and special guest appearance from Saul Rose. In addition to the Restitute material, the band will perform songs from brand new recordings of original songs by Eliza Carthy & Ben Seal – taken from their forthcoming album Through that Sound my Secret was Made Known.
JON BODEN (2 shows 6pm and 8-30pm) (NCEM Concert)
28th June 2021
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Jon Boden is best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead who sold 250,000 albums, had seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and sold out hundreds of venues including The Royal Albert Hall. Since Bellowhead split up in 2016 Jon has continued his development as one of the foremost names in English folk music. Solo Jon performs the self-penned songs of Songs From The Floodplain, Painted Lady, Afterglow and Rose In June, material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden, and his A Folk Song A Day project in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year, music from newly released album Last Mile Home (Mar 2021, Hudson Records) and more.
Saturday afternoon concert in The Black Swan car park
31st July 2021
The first in a series of Saturday afternoon folk and acoustic music concerts in the Black Swan car park, leading us up to the reopening of the Folk Club in September. Artists appearing are:-Chris Euesden, Tommy Coyle, The Richmond Hillbillies, Stan Graham, Judith Haswell and Trish McLean. 2pm until 6pm