Black Swan Folk Club

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Peter Knight and John Spiers
5th March 2020
£15 advance
In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special 'one off' concert at that year's festival. In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn't seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say "I was there". It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option, and plans were made to record an album and undertake a country-wide tour during March 2018. The album and tour were a great success and 2 years later the pair are back on the road. To have them perform in such an intimate setting is a real coup for the Black Swan Folk Club.
Urban Folk Quartet (NCEM Concert)
9th March 2020
£17 £15(concessions) £6 (under 35 limited no.)
UFQ has ignited audiences across the world with its cross-genre contemporary take on folk music for the past 10 years. Rooted in Celtic tune forms and traditional song, UFQ also take influence from Afrobeat, Indian classical, funk, rock and a whole lot more. Featuring Joe Broughton fiddle, guitar, mandolin, Paloma Trigás fiddle, vocals, Tom Chapman cajón, percussion, vocals and Dan Walsh banjo, guitar, vocals, their show is a multi-instrumental spectacle of high-energy virtuosity. “A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk with elements of dub, house and rock with an ease that shouldn’t naturally follow that list of genres. There’s a palpable electricity to a UFQ gig that surges through the band and into the crowd.” Songlines
Singers and Musicians
12th March 2020
£3 and £2 for performers no advance sales.
Our March open house evening. 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 from 8-15pm doors open around 7-45pm.
Bram Taylor
This concert has been POSTPONED.
19th March 2020
Maz O' Connor new date 9 September 2020 at City Screen Basement York
This concert has been POSTPONED.
26th March 2020
Ramshackle and Soundsphere
This concert has been POSTPONED.
2nd April 2020
The Paperboys
This concert has been CANCELLED.
5th April 2020
Virtual concert with Chris While and Julie Matthews
9th April 2020
We're closed but not virtually. If you follow the link you'll be able to see the first of what we hope will be a series of concerts broadcast from our You Tube channel. Our first guest are singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews
ELIZA CARTHY Restitute Live new date 24 Jan 2021 (Concert at The Crescent)
This concert has been POSTPONED.
10th April 2020
Black Swan Virtual Folk Club presents Brooks Williams
16th April 2020
No BROOKS WILLIAMS as guest this week. His appearance at the club has been postponed. But we are running a virtual folk club on to compensate. See the link below
Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts new date 17 November 2020 (NCEM Concert)
This concert has been POSTPONED.
22nd April 2020
Singers and Musicians
This concert has been POSTPONED.
23rd April 2020
Other Roads
This concert has been POSTPONED.
30th April 2020
Invitation Singer's Night
This concert has been POSTPONED.
7th May 2020
Roisin Ban
This concert has been POSTPONED.
14th May 2020
GRACE PETRIE new date 3 Nov 2020 (Concert at The Crescent)
This concert has been POSTPONED.
18th May 2020
John Ward Trio
This concert has been POSTPONED.
21st May 2020
Katy Moffatt
This concert has been POSTPONED.
28th May 2020
City of York Folk Weekend(Roland Walls Weekend)
This concert has been POSTPONED.
5th June 2020
Scheduled to take place 5 to 7 June 2020 suspended for the time being.
Chris and Kellie While
This concert has been POSTPONED.
18th June 2020
Chris Cleverley
This concert has been POSTPONED.
25th June 2020

This concert has been POSTPONED.
13th August 2020

This concert has been POSTPONED.
20th August 2020
(Concert at The Crescent)
This concert has been CANCELLED.
24th August 2020

This concert has been POSTPONED.
27th August 2020
9th September 2020
10th September 2020
18th September 2020
8th October 2020
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.
22nd October 2020
GRACE PETRIE new date 11 April 2021 (Concert at The Crescent)
3rd November 2020
£14 adv
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
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
19th November 2020
3rd December 2020
ELIZA CARTHY new date Wed September 8th 2021 (Concert at The Crescent)
24th January 2021
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.