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Club Programme

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!

Our price structure is changing from 13th February 2014. From that date, 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 from 13th February 2014 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 8pm each Thursday, 7pm at the NCEM.

All concerts Club guests Special Events Singers Nights
5 March
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
12 March
The Gren Bartley Band
£9 / Concs. £8
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Gren is a poetic and gifted young songwriter touring in support of a brand new third album and joined by a formidable trio of female noise-makers. Lydia Glanville strikes her drum kit with verve and intricacy, laying a perfect backdrop for the atmospheric violin, cello, keyboards and backing vocals of Julia Disney and Sarah Smout.
19 March
Roger Davies
£8 / Concs. £7
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Described as “a bit like the Jimmy Webb of West Yorkshire" by Ian McMillan and as “a modern day musical L.S. Lowry” on Radio 3, Roger returns to us for a fourth booking as his reputation continues to grow. His deceptively simple songs resonate with Yorkshire roots but speak to universal themes of home, love, art and everyday life.
24 March
(NCEM Concert) The Poozies
£16 / Concs. £14 BOOKING NOW OPEN
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This all-female band has long delighted audiences with their unique brand of folk-based music. First formed in 1990, The Poozies were pioneers from the word go, creating unusual and exciting genre-crossing arrangements. Some 25 years later, founding members Sally Barker – who was a popular finalist on BBC1’s The Voice last year, but turned down a major record deal to continue working with her fellow Poozies – and Mary Macmaster remain, joined by Eilidh Shaw and Mairearad Green. With rhythmic, punching acoustic guitar, growling electro-harp, faultless fiddle, dexterous accordion and spine-tingling four-part vocal harmony, their material spans original songs, traditional Scottish and Gaelic pieces and contemporary folk and pop. SUPPORT FROM EDDIE AFFLECK.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
26 March
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
2 April
The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio
£9 / Concs. £8
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Jacquelyn is a London-based Irish multi-instrumentalist (notably on flute) who scored a hit last year with debut album Silver & Wood. “An inspired and pleasing collection of solid Celtic folk with many imaginative surprises” was the verdict in R2. Judge for yourself when she is joined by singer/guitarist J Eoin and harpist and fiddle player Steph West (seen in York recently with A Medieval Christmas).
9 April
Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese
£7 / Concs. £6
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With a well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as enjoyed with his full band at several of our Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a welcome guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals.
16 April
Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
£11 / Concs. £10
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This striking combination of a flame-headed double bassist and exquisite vocalist (best known for her work with Show of Hands) and a flamboyant virtuoso mandolin player creates, in the words of fRoots, “a musical partnership made in heaven - scintillating, sensitive and brilliant”. This is indeed a very welcome return visit.
23 April
Andy Irvine
All tickets £12
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Always a highlight of our programme, this living legend of Irish folk song surely needs no introduction from me! ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
30 April
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
5 May
(NCEM Concert) Lady Maisery
£13 / £11 Concs. BOOKING OPENS SOON
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Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, Sam Sweeney, Maddy Prior), Hazel Askew (Askew Sisters) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola, Nancy Kerr Band), Lady Maisery perform fresh interpretations of vintage songs and ballads to stunning effect. They enchant with rich harmonies, sumptuous melodies and warm personalities, whether singing unaccompanied or playing combinations of accordion, harp, banjo, concertina and fiddle. The almost lost tradition of diddling or tune-singing is another speciality, together with Hannah’s clog dancing. Nominated for Best Emerging Artists in the 2012 BBC Folk Awards and earning dream reviews for their recordings (4 or 5 stars from The Financial Times, Songlines, R2, The Independent and Maverick), this young trio is on track for great things.
7 May
Ben Bedford
£9 / Concs. £8
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Making his York debut, Ben is an Illinois-born songwriter firmly in the Woody Guthrie-onwards folk tradition. He delivers intriguing sketches of ordinary Americans past and present, their struggles and their victories. Poignant but never sentimental, his songs capture the vitality of their characters and draw the listener deep into the narrative. “A truly inspired and talented storyteller” was the verdict in UK Americana magazine Maverick.
14 May
Colum Sands
£10 / Concs. £9
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Remarkably, it is 15 years since we last welcomed Colum to our club! A storyteller-in-song, he draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave eloquent songs for the world, breaking down cultural and artistic barriers and making you feel as if you were sitting cosily in his lounge. Truly warm, witty, moving and funny.
21 May
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
22 May
(NCEM Concert) Emily Smith
£16 / £14 Concs. BOOKING OPENS SOON
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More than a decade into her career, Emily is rightly celebrated as one of Scotland’s most distinctive and sublime folk voices. Recent accolades include two nominations in the 2012 BBC Folk Awards, while current CD ‘Echoes’ has been universally praised. TV appearances on Transatlantic Sessions and Songs Of Praise have won her additional admirers. Joined by multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson, and switching between accordion and keyboard herself, Emily showcases material from the new album, in which she returns to her first love of traditional song, alongside some choice covers and samples of her own highly accomplished songwriting. SUPPORT FROM STAN GRAHAM.
28 May
Sharp's Appalachian Harvest with Jeff Davis and Brian Peters
£10 / Concs. £9
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100 years ago Cecil Sharp toured remote communities in the Appalachian Mountains in search of old folk songs. He discovered new versions of many great ballads as well as songs and tunes of American origin. In this ambitious multi-media show Jeff Davis (USA) and Brian Peters (England) present some of Sharp’s finds, alongside accounts of his journeys, descriptions of the source singers, and some of his evocative photographs.
4 June
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
Pre-festival gathering - all singers, players and listeners welcome.
5 June
City of York Folk Weekend, Day One
All events free
Details tba
6 June
City of York Folk Weekend, Day Two
All events free
Details tba
7 June
City of York Folk Weekend, Day Three
All events free
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11 June
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
18 June
David Francey
TBA
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Details tba.
25 June
Dana & Susan Robinson
TBA
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Details tba.
2 July
The Teacups
TBA
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9 July
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
16 July
James Findlay
TBA
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Details tba.
23 July
Judy Dunlop & Jon Scaife
TBA
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Rescheduled from November 2014. Details tba.
30 July
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
6 August
Beggar's Bridge
TBA
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13 August
Jess & Richard Arrowsmith
TBA
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20 August
Anna Shannon
TBA
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Details tba
27 August
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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
3 September
Debby McClatchy
TBA
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10 September
Dave Burland
TBA
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17 September
The Dovetail Trio
TBA
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Details tba
24 September
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
25 September
(NCEM Concert) Phil Beer
£15 / Concs. £13
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Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as one half of multi-award winning duo Show Of Hands. A top flight fiddler in particular, he also plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there - he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. PLEASE NOTE the concert starts at 8pm, and there is no support act.
1 October
Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier
TBA
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8 October
Harpeth Rising
TBA
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Details tba
15 October
Stephen Fearing
TBA
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22 October
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
29 October
The Carrivick Sisters
TBA
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5 November
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
TBA
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Details tba
12 November
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £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.
13 November
(NCEM Concert) Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock
TBA
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Clive says "I'm touring with Liz Simcock in November 2015. We're going to revisit the Gregson & Collister catalogue. Liz is absolutely terrific and I'm really looking forward to the shows. Support from UNION JILL. More details tba.
19 November
Maria Dunn
TBA
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On tour from Canada. Details tba.
26 November
Jim Boyes with Belinda O'Hooley - Sensations of a Wound
TBA
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Details tba
2 December
(Wednesday Extra) Dick Gaughan
TBA
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First of two nights. Details tba.
3 December
Dick Gaughan
TBA
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Second of two nights. Details tba.
10 December
Harp and a Monkey
TBA
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Details tba.
17 December
Christmas Party
Free entry
24 December
Club Closed
31 December
Club Closed

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