Black Swan Folk Club

Club Programme

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Tickets for guest nights at the Black Swan are available from www.wegottickets.com. Search under venue "York Black Swan" or click on the links in the listings below. WeGotTickets charge a simple 10% booking fee on top of face value and email you a booking reference rather than posting a ticket, meaning you can book until 6pm on the day. Bring the booking reference number with you but do not bother to print out the whole booking confirmation.

Early booking is advised for very popular artists - we do sometimes sell out in advance!

Special concessionary rates (half the normal price on guest nights) are available for under-18s and full-time students.

All tickets are slightly cheaper if pre-booked at www.wegottickets.com compared to prices on the door.

Early Music Centre concert tickets are handled by the NCEM Box Office, either online or on 01904 658338.

Singers Nights are "pay-on-the-door" only events.

Doors open at 7:45pm each Thursday, 7pm at the NCEM

Real Time
14th December 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our pre-Xmas special brings back some of our favourite musicians from the Scottish Borders. Real Time comprise singer-guitarist Kenny Speirs and keyboardist Tom Roseburgh (both ex John Wright Band) with Carly Blain on fiddle and Eilidh Grant on vocals. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the border, alongside choice contemporary material and a growing number of impressive originals.
(NCEM Concert) John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
18th December 2017
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National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Taking its title from a song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, this show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, and you have the recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. NOTE - no support act.
Christmas Party
21st December 2017
Free entry
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our annual seasonal party night - open to all singers, players and listeners. Free entry - with a bring-and-share supper and a grand raffle.
Club Closed
28th December 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Chris While & Julie Matthews
4th January 2018
£13 in advance / £15 on door, space permitting
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Let’s get 2018 under way in real style! We are delighted that Chris and Julie, more usually found in concert halls and on festival stages, have agreed to do an intimate small venue club show for us. Two of England’s finest songwriters and singers, they surely need no further introduction. Early booking advised!
Anthony John Clarke
11th January 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A lyricist who is by turns hilarious, serious, compassionate, irreverent, brave and challenging, while also a skilled guitarist with an instantly recognizable voice, this Irish-born, world-travelling troubadour is surely one of the most engaging and entertaining folk performers in the business. We are delighted to welcome him back to York.
Singers & Musicians Night
18th January 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Tom Lewis
25th January 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All aboard for a nautical night! With a repertoire ranging from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring experience (24 years in the Royal Navy), Tom takes us on a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. He accompanies on button accordion and ukulele but above all it is his clear and powerful voice which entertains.
York's Winter Folk Day
28th January 2018
Free to YorkCard holders and local SU Card holders
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Live music at the Black Swan Inn for York Residents Festival. The afternoon has Leather’o (2.00), Bella Gaffney & Polly Bolton (2.30), Two Black Sheep & A Stallion (3.00), Paula Ryan (3.30), Union Jill (4.00), Tom McKenzie (4.30) and Toni Bunnell (5.00) while the evening has The Foresters (7.30), Ian Pybus (8.00), White Sail (8.30), Fake Thackray (9.00) and a final hour with Ramshackle, alias Judith, Phil, Eddie, Stan and Chris (9.30).
Clive Carroll
1st February 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A welcome return by this virtuoso acoustic guitarist with his joyfully eclectic repertoire: everything from 16th century lute music to jazz standards, delta blues, Irish reels and his own ground-breaking compositions, and with his main instrument a Ralph Bown model made right here in York! NOTE that instead of floor singers tonight we have a support set by touring American duo, songwriter BRIGID KAELIN & banjo legend STEVE COOLEY.
Paul Downes
8th February 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Paul has been a working musician since the 1970s, first in a duo with Phil Beer, then with Arizona Smoke Review and the Joyce Gang, more recently solo or with Mick Ryan, yet this will be his Black Swan debut. He is a skilled guitarist and also plays mandocello, mandolin and banjo, with a rich repertoire of original songs and choice covers
(NCEM Concert) Martin & Eliza Carthy
13th February 2018
£20 / Concessions £18
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National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
For over 50 years Martin has been one of folk music's best loved, most enthusiastic, innovative and, at times, quietly controversial figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him countless admirers, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon onwards, and his trailblazing musical partners have included Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife, Norma Waterson. Their daughter Eliza is likewise one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her own generation, twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades. More than most, she has revitalised English folk and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances. Father and daughter together will be pure magic!
Singers & Musicians Night
15th February 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
The Carrivick Sisters
22nd February 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The music of Devon twins Laura and Charlotte is rooted in bluegrass and country but has a distinctive English folk twist. As we know from three previous visits, they are exemplary musicians, performing mostly original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro and clawhammer banjo, with those tight vocal harmonies that only siblings can achieve, and a delightful stage manner besides. Highly recommended!
(NCEM Concert) The Ennis Sisters PLUS Dave Gunning
27th February 2018
All tickets £14
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National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
An evening of the best of East-Coast Canadian Folk Music. This double-header concert offers two of the best acts from the culturally rich maritime provinces of Canada, a country which punches well above its weight in terms of folk artistry. Singing sisters Maureen, Teresa and Karen Ennis have won numerous awards and accolades for their contemporary songs with an Irish-infused Newfoundland twist, while in a career spanning twenty years, Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Dave Gunning has also picked up a shelf full of Canadian music industry prizes. Neither act has so far achieved a high profile in Britain but this joint tour looks set to redress that, and justifiably so.
Pilgrims' Way
1st March 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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).
Broom Bezzums
8th March 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
UK expats based in Germany, Mark Bloomer and Andrew Cadie have earned a formidable reputation for their musicianship (fiddle, guitar and much else), their mix of original songs, covers and traditional numbers, and their high-energy stage act, making this a welcome York debut. “Just about the best young duo on the circuit” says Steve Knightley
(NCEM Concert) Alistair Anderson & Northlands
14th March 2018
£16 / Concessions £14
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National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Alistair is an internationally acclaimed master of the English concertina and Northumbrian pipes. In a career spanning five decades he has championed the music and song of North East England and in Northlands he continues this crusade alongside three younger musicians who have been influenced by him as a teacher and mentor through Folkworks or the Newcastle University Folk Degree, both of which he founded. Sophy Ball is a wonderfully dynamic fiddle player and Sarah Hayes a gifted singer and flautist, while Ian Stephenson plays guitar and creates many of the band’s subtle arrangements. PLUS SUPPORT Stan Graham
Singers & Musicians Night
15th March 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
New Roots Double Bill: Finn Collinson and Clarke Camilleri
22nd March 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our annual Young Performer showcase. From East Anglia, Finn Collinson's main instrument is the recorder but he also plays mandolin, cello, bouzouki and guitar and has shared stages with acts such as Bellowhead and The Young’uns. Clarke Camilleri hails from Nottingham and is a singer-guitarist with a growing interest in playing traditional folk songs alongside original numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Barluath
27th March 2018
£16 / Concessions £14
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National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
This innovative Celtic folk band is based in Glasgow, where some of its members studied at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. Barluath were a great hit on their NCEM debut in 2016 and we are delighted to bring them back to York. Now a five-piece, the group embraces traditional and contemporary folk music from Scotland, Ireland and North America. They are fronted by the wonderful singing in both English and Gaelic (not to mention occasional step-dancing) of Ainsley Hamill, who is ably supported by a rich instrumental mix of highland and border bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, piano and guitar. Support act TBA.
Folk Club 40th Anniversary Night
29th March 2018
All tickets £5 - on sale soon
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
WITH CLUB CO-FOUNDER PAUL BUCKLEY and other special guests. In 1978 a group of music loving students moved their regular folk gathering from the York University campus into town and chose the Black Swan Inn. And so our club was born. Join us to celebrate forty years and well over 2,000 events! Paul Buckley, a professional guitarist now living in Ireland, was one of those students and is coming back to play for us, and invitations are also being sent to other founders and early supporters. More details to follow.
Roisin Ban
5th April 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This Yorkshire-based Celtic folk band now comprises Steve Lacey (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Chris Dyson (fiddle), Paddy Heffron (melodeon, sean nos dance) and our old friend Gordon Tyrrall (guitar, flute, vocals). We look forward to a night of beautifully performed mainly traditional songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, England and Brittany.
Rachel Dawick
12th April 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Dividing her time between New Zealand and UK, Rachel has been an occasional but always welcome visitor to York. She is a lovely singer and a writer of storytelling songs of an almost theatrical bent, as in her Boundary Riders project about NZ’s pioneer women or the forthcoming Penny Plain, about the 1840s London poor of Henry Mayhew.
Singers & Musicians Night
19th April 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Andy Irvine
26th April 2018
£13 in advance / £15 on the door if any left / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
To quote his own song, this legendary Irish singer never tires of the road. Andy has been one of our most consistently popular guests over the years and surely needs no further introduction. BOOK EARLY!
Kitty Macfarlane
3rd May 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Kitty is a young Somerset-based songwriter whose compelling lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have occupied minds and voices for centuries. A strong singer and an able guitarist, she has picked up lots of favourable notices lately. “An outstanding debut” said fRoots of her first release.
Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink
6th May 2018
£12 in advance / more on the door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. Two giants of the acoustic blues are coming together for a joint UK tour. Stunning picking, elegant slide guitar and fine singing, playing together and separately, get ready for some Steady Rollin' Blues! Dallas, Texas is where Robert Johnson made roughly half of his iconic recordings. It’s also where Hans Theessink and Brooks Williams met for the first time. Sharing a love for the old songs, Piedmont fingerpicking and bottleneck slide, the blues tradition is alive and well in the hands of these two ambassadors of country blues. Performing together and on their own, this one-time collaboration, Steady Rollin’ Blues, is not to be missed. With numerous recordings and a tour schedule that would make your run-of-the-mill road dog feel faint, Hans Theessink and Brooks Williams have been delighting audiences for countless years and are in great demand on the roots music circuit at festivals, clubs and concert halls. So get on your travelin’ shoes and join these two legends of roots music on the blues road.
Rosie Hood & Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
10th May 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A Double Header show with two rising young folk stars doing a mix of solo pieces and collaborations. Previously enjoyed in York with the Dovetail Trio, Rosie is a captivating singer whose 2017 debut CD was widely praised, while we already know and admire Cohen’s singing and concertina and melodeon playing from the band Granny’s Attic. Note that Cohen has replaced previously listed Ollie King in this Double Header.
Singers & Musicians Night
17th May 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Lankum
22nd May 2018
All tickets £16
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. The exciting Irish band formerly known as Lynched finally makes it to York. Support from Paula Ryan.
Hannah James & Claudia Schwab
24th May 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Another Double Headline show, in which award-winning singer and accordion player Hannah (Lady Maisery, Maddy Prior Trio, JigDoll and other projects) is joined by Claudia, an eclectic Austrian-born fiddle player, singer and composer now based in Ireland. We can expect solo sets and some exciting joint numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Ritchie Parrish Ritchie
30th May 2018
£16 / Concessions £14
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National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Canadian powerhouse folk band Tanglefoot were hugely popular in Britain in the first decade of the century, along the way appearing twice at NCEM. Survivors Steve Ritchie (guitar), Rob Ritchie (keyboards) and Al Parrish (bass), with percussionist Beaker Granger, have a sound that echoes the Tanglefoot legacy whilst expanding the envelope. Their music, storytelling and high-spirited presence displays the same blend of enthusiasm, ability and personality that made the earlier band so successful. Whether an original song of Al's, Steve's recollection of a Robert Plant version of a Dylan tune or Rob's incisive humour, all the trademark harmony, chemistry and impact are there. NOTE no support act - RPR on stage at 7.30.
Singers & Musicians Night
31st May 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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 - Day One
1st June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day Two
2nd June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day Three
3rd June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
Singers & Musicians Night
7th June 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Nancy Kerr
14th June 2018
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Long celebrated as a skilled interpreter of traditional music and more recently praised as a composer of startlingly original new folk songs, Nancy was BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2015. Armed with fiddle, viola and guitar, she now embarks on her first entirely solo tour of intimate smaller venues like ours. Not to be missed!
Clive Gregson
21st June 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A happy return for this celebrated guitarist, singer and songwriter whose long career includes Any Trouble, the Richard Thompson band, the sublime Christine Collister duo and work with Eddi Reader, Nanci Griffith et al. Clive continues to write great songs and is always an inspiring live performer so let’s welcome him back to York!
Lucy Ward
28th June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
Singers & Musicians Night
5th July 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Pete Morton
12th July 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
TBA
19th July 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Karin Grandal-Park and Karl Robins
26th July 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
2nd August 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
TBA
9th August 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
TBA
16th August 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The Heathen Kings
23rd August 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
30th August 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
6th September 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Billy Mitchell
13th September 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
The Askew Sisters
20th September 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
27th September 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Sherburn, Bartley & Sanders
4th October 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Rachel Newton
11th October 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Jack Rutter
18th October 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
(NCEM Concert) Talisk
23rd October 2018
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
25th October 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Jim Moray
1st November 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
(NCEM Concert) Daoiri Farrell
6th November 2018
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details tba
Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
8th November 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Ange Hardy
15th November 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
22nd November 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba