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

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 FRIDAY EVENT HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK, YO24 1AW. DOORS OPEN 7.30PM. Working with indie promoter PleasePleaseYou, we bring this great singer to York’s newest live music venue for an evening of 21st Century Irish Folk. Following the huge success of his CD Areas of High Traffic, with its imaginative reworkings of classic Irish songs, and taking time out from touring with his wife Kate Rusby, Damien on guitar, banjo and vocals is joined by ace percussionist Cormac Byrne plus Steven Iveson (guitar), Steven Byrnes (guitars, percussion) and Anthony Davis (keyboard, bass). “Should be filed under ground-breaking” says fRoots. SUPPORT FROM YORK-BASED IRISH SINGER PAULA RYAN.
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
22nd September 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Blessed with a stunning voice of unaffected beauty, Hannah is building a reputation as one of the most exciting new singers of traditional English folk songs. “Absolutely fantastic … every track is a pearl” said Mike Harding of last year’s debut CD. She accompanies on guitar or dulcimer, with Ben Savage (of The Willows) on dobro or guitar.
David Francey with Mark Westberg
29th September 2016
£10 / Concs £9
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Widely covered by other artists, this Scottish-born Canadian is rated one of that country’s foremost songwriters, composing memorable melodies and deceptively simple yet poetic lyrics about the lives and experiences of ordinary working people. He has become a favourite of ours over three past visits and we are delighted to welcome him back, together with regular guitar accompanist Mark Westberg.
(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
£11 / Concs. £10
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Born of shared interests in both folk and Americana, this new trio brings together our old mates Kate Bramley and Edwina Hayes plus one-time Bad Pennies member Simon Haworth. Expect an evening of classy original songs and close harmonies, accompanied by guitars, bass, cittern, mandola, mandolin and fiddle and all performed with infectious enjoyment. This is contemporary British folk with a most enjoyable nod to Nashville.
Jimmy Crowley
20th October 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Exactly 30 years (!) after he last sang at the Black Swan we present a living legend of Irish folk music. Jimmy hails from Cork, a city with a great musical heritage - not just traditional but also music-hall, vaudeville and art music – and he draws on all of these in fashioning his unique repertoire and style. A consummate stage performer, he adds colour to his act by weaving in stories about Cork characters, history and daily life.
(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 AND THIS YEAR'S DANNY KYLE AWARD WINNER AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS, BELLA GAFFNEY.
Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
27th October 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
As we know from their previous visits, this pairing of former Strawbs guitarist Brian with US singer-songwriter Cathryn produces some outstanding music, melding folk-rock influences with American country and roots. Their “anglicised Americana” blurs musical boundaries with intricately crafted songs about real life experiences, helped along by engaging stage presence and chat.
(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 SINGER, GUITARIST AND SHOWMAN 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
£9 /Concs £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Here’s an exciting new outfit for you! Rachel is a powerful and emotive young singer from Whitley Bay on Tyneside whose repertoire of traditional and modern folk songs gets innovative and inspired accompaniment by onetime York Young Fiddler Grace Smith (also backing vocals and a bit of clog dance) together with guitarist and singer Graeme Armstrong and Sam Partridge on flute and piano.
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
17th November 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
And here’s another great band on their Black Swan debut, a 6-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in the musically vibrant market town of Otley and winning a name for itself across the region. The line-up is guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin and percussion, with everyone singing. Jon Palmer is the lauded songwriter and lead singer, joined by Nick Settle, Wendy Ross, Tom Palmer, Ricky Silvers and Matt Nelson.
Daoiri Farrell
24th November 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This new(ish) name in Irish folk is generating lots of interest following his UK solo debut last January at Celtic Connections. Named the All Ireland Champion Singer at the Fleadh in Co. Derry in 2013, Daoiri (pronounced Derry) cites influences such as Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and The Bothy Band. He is certainly a great singer (check him out on YouTube) and a skilled accompanist on bouzouki, so this promises to be a grand night.
(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
£12 / Concs. £11
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Lauded as one of the top acoustic guitarists of all time, this UK-based American musician makes his third solo visit to the Black Swan. Brooks wows audiences worldwide with his silky voice, hook-laden songs, and rollicking acoustic and resonator slide guitars, delivering deep and intense interpretations of classic blues songs and his own compositions. “Americana at its finest” says fRoots. Book early!
Jackie Oates with Tristan Seume
15th December 2016
£12 / Concs. £11
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This singer and fiddle player has won multiple awards and accolades over the last fifteen years, with her unique treatments of English ballads and her pure, haunting singing style establishing her at the forefront of the new folk revival. With a young family limiting her ability to tour, we were delighted that Jackie could fit in this return to our club, accompanied by Tristan on guitar and bouzouki.
(NCEM Concert) Celtic Christmas Strings with Maire ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
21st December 2016
£14 / Concs. £12 / Children £5
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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
Joins for our pre-Christmas Singers & Musicians Night party. Free entry / bring-and-share supper.
CLUB CLOSED
29th December 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Singers & Musicians Night
5th January 2017
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our first Open House session of 2017. The more the merrier, so do come along.
(Wednesday Extra) Martin Carthy (WEDNESDAY performance)
11th January 2017
£14 / Concs. £12
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This doyen of English folk singers surely needs little introduction here. Martin somehow remains intensely active well into his sixth decade as a performer. Enjoy him for two nights at his solo best, in the intimate folk club setting which he has championed throughout his long and illustrious career.
Martin Carthy (THURSDAY performance)
12th January 2017
£14 / Concs. £12
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This doyen of English folk singers surely needs little introduction here. Martin somehow remains intensely active well into his sixth decade as a performer. Enjoy him for two nights at his solo best, in the intimate folk club setting which he has championed throughout his long and illustrious career.
Two's Company PLUS Jack Patchett
19th January 2017
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This year our "New Roots" young performers double bill showcases two Yorkshire-based acts. Jack is a 21 year old singer-songwriter from Holmfirth whose songs and performance style are “rich and complex at the same time as being engaging and emotionally touching”, while Two’s Company are Alice Baillie and David Jenkinson from Sheffield, performing a variety of traditional and original songs and tunes with guitar, mandolin and flute.
Flossie Malavialle
26th January 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
York's Winter Folk Day
29th January 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Afternoon and Evening Concerts. Details TBA.
Singers & Musicians Night
2nd February 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
(NCEM Concert) Steve Knightley
3rd February 2017
All tickets £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.
The acclaimed Show of Hands frontman has been rated as “one of England’s greatest singer-songwriters”, with an extensive back catalogue of inspired compositions. For this solo ‘Landlocked’ tour, Steve will be combining material from his albums ‘Off the Beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’. The first part of the evening will draw on his treasure trove of original and traditional songs about the English countryside while the second half will showcase the best of his rich nautical repertoire.
Allan Taylor
9th February 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
Geoff Lakeman
16th February 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
Guest Artist TBA
23rd February 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The Churchfitters
2nd March 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Leveret
6th March 2017
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron & Andy Cutting. Details TBA.
Singers & Musicians Night
9th March 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Guest Artist TBA
16th March 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Kieran Halpin
23rd March 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe
28th March 2017
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Two great singer-songwriters share the stage. Details TBA.
Singers & Musicians Night
30th March 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Debra Cowan
6th April 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
On tour from USA. Details TBA
Guest Artist TBA
13th April 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Gilmore & Roberts
20th April 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA.
Tania Opland & Mike Freeman
27th April 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Calan
3rd May 2017
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Great young Welsh band in concert. Details TBA.
Singers & Musicians Night
4th May 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Guest Artist TBA
11th May 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Vin Garbutt
18th May 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The first of two nights. Details TBA.
(Friday Extra) Vin Garbutt
19th May 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The second of two nights. Details TBA.
Miranda Sykes
25th May 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
Singers & Musicians Night
1st June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
City of York Folk Weekend 2017 - Day One
2nd June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
City of York Folk Weekend 2017 - Day Two
3rd June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
City of York Folk Weekend 2017 - Day Three
4th June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York