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!

Online concessions are applicable only to retired people over age 60 and to people on Job Seeker's Allowance.

Special concessionary rates (half the full price) are available for under-18s and full-time students, but these tickets need to be booked by phone or email to the organisers - they are not sold online. See our contact details on the Home page.

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

Bram Taylor
28th July 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
As we know from numerous past appearances, Bram is a supreme folk club entertainer, delighting audiences with his fine rich voice, his sharp sense of humour and his excellent selection of traditional and modern songs deftly accompanied on guitar, concertina or ukulele. Let’s welcome him back!
Granny's Attic
4th August 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Two members of this Young Folk Awards finalist trio are already known to us: both George Sansome and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne have done impressive floor spots this year, and Cohen also gave us an outstanding support set at a recent NCEM concert. With third member Lewis Wood we now welcome them as guests for a lively night of mostly English folk songs and instrumentals with fiddle, guitar, melodeon and concertina.
Serious Sam Barrett
11th August 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Sam mixes Delta blues and Country with English folk influences in a beguilingly direct and heartfelt fashion. He plays mostly 12-string guitar in a twangy, rootsy style while his vocal delivery recalls childhood heroes like Leadbelly and Guthrie. Happily, he has recovered from the broken wrist which scuppered his 2015 booking here.
Singers & Musicians Night
18th August 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 Rheingans Sisters
25th August 2016
£11 / Concs. £10
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Fiddle (and occasional banjo) playing and singing sisters Anna and Rowan – the latter previously heard in York with Lady Maisery and Nancy Kerr’s band – were finalists for Best New Act and Best Original Song in this year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards and their current album, with its engagingly diverse mix of European and North American styles, has been universally praised. “Gorgeous music” says Songlines.
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
1st September 2016
£11 / Concs. £10
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This outstanding duo won the BBC Young Folk Award 2013, took the Horizon Award the next year and were shortlisted for Best Duo in 2015. Greg is one of the most assured and mature male vocalists of his generation, and with their great guitar, bouzouki and fiddle playing plus Ciaran’s madcap stage banter, they make a great live act.
Hungrytown
8th September 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Vermont-based Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson have many admirers across Europe and America and now make their York debut. Rebecca is the lead vocalist and lyricist, credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs”, while Ken provides multi-instrumental embellishment and gorgeous vocal harmonies.
Singers & Musicians Night
15th September 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 Damien O'Kane Band
16th September 2016
£15 / On the door £17
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
THIS EVENT HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. DOORS 7.30PM. Working with indie promoter PleasePleaseYou, we bring this great singer to York’s newest live music venue, following the huge success of his CD Areas of High Traffic with its imaginative reworkings of classic Irish folk songs. Taking time out from his wife Kate Rusby’s band, Damien (guitar, banjo) is joined by Cormac Byrne (percussion), Steven Iveson (guitar) and Anthony Davis (keyboard, bass). SUPPORT FROM YORK-BASED IRISH SINGER PAULA RYAN.
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
22nd September 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
David Francey
29th September 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) RANT
3rd October 2016
£15 / Concs. £13
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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 chamber folk quartet brings together four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, Jenna and Bethany Reid from Shetland, Lauren MacColl from the Highlands and (standing in for Sarah-Jane Summers on family leave) the redoubtable Anna Massie. Using just their fiddles, they weave a rich and vibrant tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds across a wide repertoire of traditional, modern and self-penned tunes. Also known for their work as soloists and with bands such as Blazin’ Fiddles, RANT made their collective mark in 2013 with a critically acclaimed debut album and a string of festival and concert appearances across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. Brand new follow-up release Reverie consolidates their reputation as a significant and joyous force in modern Scottish music. SUPPORT FROM ACOUSTIC GUITAR VIRTUOSO ALEX O'NEIL.
Singers & Musicians Night
6th October 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 Mile Roses
13th October 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Edwina Hayes, Kate Bramley & Simon Haworth join forces. Details TBA
Jimmy Crowley
20th October 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Breabach
24th October 2016
£16 / Concs. £14 NOW ON SALE
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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 dynamic Scottish five-piece delivers a thrilling and unique brand of modern folk music that has earned them numerous UK awards and garnered international prestige on the global roots music scene. Proudly keeping their native traditions alive for a new generation, they perform thoughtful and moving songs in both English and Gaelic, alongside driving instrumentals, step-dancing and mouth music. As on their memorable visit to York in 2013, the band comprises Calum MacCrimmon (pipes, whistles, bouzouki and vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar and vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes, flute and whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle, vocals and dance) and James Lindsay (double bass). SUPPORT FROM YOUNG BRADFORD-BASED SINGER BELLA GAFFNEY.
Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
27th October 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) O'Hooley & Tidow
1st November 2016
£14 / Concs. £12 NOW ON SALE
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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.
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play at Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2 and a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are now regarded as one of English folk’s mightiest combinations. Tonight they showcase material from this summer’s new album Shadows, the follow-up to ground-breaking 2014 release The Hum which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums and a Best Duo nomination in the BBC Folk Awards. Their originality and skill inviting comparison with such celebrated harmony duos as early Simon and Garfunkel or the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts. SUPPORT FROM DUNCAN McFARLANE.
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd November 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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 Rachel Hamer Band
10th November 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
17th November 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund
22nd November 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This event was due to take place at Barley Hall but has been cancelled by the management there. Watch for further news.
Daoiri Farrell
24th November 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Chris Wood
30th November 2016
£16 / Concs. £14 NOW ON SALE
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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.
A self-taught musician, composer and songwriter, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his uncompromising songs have been praised for their surgical clarity and gentle intelligence. Lauded asspokesman for an unofficial history of England and citing “anon” as his major influence, Chris weaves the folk tradition into contemporary parables such as the award winning Hollow Point. With an album of new songs imminent, we can expect a diverse selection of old favourites and fresh compositions from this master craftsman as he returns to the NCEM. SUPPORT FROM HARROGATE-BASED SINGER SONGWRITER JOHN STOREY.
Singers & Musicians Night
1st December 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
Brooks Williams
8th December 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
Jackie Oates with Tristan Seume
15th December 2016
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Celtic Christmas Strings with Maire ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
21st December 2016
£14 / Concs. £12
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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.
Famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, Chris (guitar) and Máire (harp, vocals) create one of the most distinctive sounds in modern acoustic music, as enjoyed in venues large and small in twenty-plus countries on five continents for the last three decades. In this seasonal show they present a breath-taking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and all performed in their characteristically warm-hearted style. This will be a delightful winter treat.
Christmas Party
22nd December 2016
Free entry
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
CLUB CLOSED
29th December 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
We reopen for 2017 - Guest TBA
5th January 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York