Black Swan Folk Club

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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

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 & Mike Cosgrave
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 this time by Mike Cosgrave (not Tristan Seume as previously announced).
(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
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This French-born singer now living in NE England has become a much loved performer at clubs and festivals across Britain, including ours. Her wide repertoire (old folk songs to jazz standards, blues numbers to Piaf and Brel classics), her powerful yet sensitive singing and her exuberant stage banter combine to give us great entertainment.
York's Winter Folk Day
29th January 2017
Free to York Card and SU Card holders / Others £3
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Live music at the Black Swan Inn for York Residents Festival. The afternoon show has The Foresters (2.00), Chris Euesden (2.30), Judith Haswell (3.00), Phil Cerny (3.30), White Sail (4.00), Paula Ryan (4.30) and Ian Pybus (5.00) while evening offers Leather’o (7.30), Eddie Affleck (8.00), Bella Gaffney (8.30), Tom McKenzie (9.00) and Stan Graham (9.30).
Singers & Musicians Night
2nd February 2017
£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.
(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
£10 advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
One of the last of the travelling troubadours of the 1960s, Allan ranks amongst our most literate and accomplished of acoustic songsmiths. His compositions are faultlessly constructed and flawlessly performed, his smooth, dark voice is instantly recognisable and his guitar playing is intricate yet full-sounding. Always a night to savour.
Sunday Special: The Kaela Rowan Band
12th February 2017
£11 advance / £12.50 on the door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A SCOTTISH FOLK SPECIAL – DOORS 7.30. Named Gaelic Singer of the Year in 2016, Kaela was the lead vocalist in Mouth Music and has worked with artists like Eliza Carthy, Karen Matheson and Shooglenifty. Singing in both Gaelic and English, she is joined tonight by Shoogles’ guitarist Ewan MacPherson and percussionist James Mackintosh, co-producer of her 5-star album The Fruited Thorn. PROMOTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH PLEASEPLEASEYOU.
Geoff Lakeman
16th February 2017
£8 advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Geoff is a Devonian singer and duet concertina player and the father of folk stars Sean, Sam and Seth. He plays an intriguing mix of folk song, Americana and 20s jazz and we happily booked him after an impressive Singers Night spot last year.
Worry Dolls
23rd February 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
London-based Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones form this “brilliantly quirky” alt-Americana / country duo, touring to promote their first full album of co-written songs, recorded recently in Nashville. They play guitar, banjo and ukulele and both sing, offering what R2 Magazine has described as "great harmonies and stirring folk-pop songs”.
The Churchfitters
2nd March 2017
£12 advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This is a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, quite simply one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we regularly host. Witness a bass guitar made out of a frying pan, or heart wrenching vocals accompanied by musical saw, or foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with funk-rock bouzouki. If you’ve seen this Anglo-French trio before you’ll surely want to come again. ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISED
(NCEM Concert) Leveret
6th March 2017
£16 full / £14 Concessions BOOKING OPENS SOON
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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.
Leveret brings together three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are supreme masters of their chosen instruments (melodeon, fiddle, concertina) and have been involved in numerous high profile collaborations with artists such as Bellowhead, Nancy Kerr and The Full English. Their repertoire is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and modern, with original settings of ancient folk tunes sitting alongside the finest of new compositions. They combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity to produce a sound both timeless and contemporary, warm, listenable, engaging and refreshing. Opening set by singer-songwriter Toni Bunnell.
Singers & Musicians Night
9th March 2017
£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 Causley
16th March 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
An acclaimed singer for over a decade and nominated no fewer than five times in BBC Folk Awards, Jim finally makes a York solo debut. Expect a rich baritone voice and a wide repertoire of traditional songs, many from his native West Country, plus originals and settings of poems by relative Charles Causley, mainly accompanied on accordion.
Kieran Halpin
23rd March 2017
£10 advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Kieran is one of our perennial favourites – this will be something like his 14th solo appearance! He is an exceptional songwriter, widely covered by other artists, and a dynamic performer, his skills honed by 35 years on the road across Europe and beyond. Powerful, passionate, intimate and intense, Kieran lives every song on stage.
(NCEM Concert) Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe
28th March 2017
£15 full / £13 concessions BOOKING OPENS SOON
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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.
Two of the British acoustic / folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces tonight for a shared concert filled with lyrics and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their very successful approach to the writing craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living room song-swaps. Expect an eclectic mix of solo compositions alongside material from the brand new album of co-written songs, The Janus Game. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy … and a very special evening of music. NOTE - No opening act. SUPPORTED BY THE YORK LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2017
Singers & Musicians Night
30th March 2017
£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.
Debra Cowan
6th April 2017
£8 advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This excellent New England singer blends Celtic and Appalachian influences on a wide repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk songs, some acapella, others with guitar. Debra always impresses with her vocal clarity, warmth and agility, and her respect for the words and melodies she offers, alongside a friendly and relaxed stage presence.
(NCEM Concert) Faustus
10th April 2017
£16 full / £14 concessions BOOKING OPENS SOON
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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.
Making their third appearance at the NCEM, Faustus comprises three more leading lights from the currently vibrant English traditional folk scene. With a plethora of experience between them, they are Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). All three of them sing and with an instrumental mix of melodeon, bouzouki, guitar, fiddle and oboe they offer a richly varied and virtuosic musical display, focusing tonight on material from newest CD Death and Other Animals. Opening set by Steve & Dee Marshall.
Double Bill: Yan Tan Tether AND Bric-a-Brac
13th April 2017
£8 advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A Double Bill Easter holiday treat for you! Bric-a-Brac are an adventurous young folk quartet in which York student and occasional Black Swan floor singer/guitarist Bella Gaffney is joined by fiddle, mandolin, whistle and bass, while Yan Ten Tether are a delightful female acapella trio, based in Otley but also counting a York student in their ranks.
Gilmore & Roberts
20th April 2017
£10 advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Katriona (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie (guitar) combine astounding musicianship with strong song-writing and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. They have done great things since first playing here as students all of 10 years ago – three BBC Folk Award nominations, touring with Fairport and much, much more.
Tania Opland & Mike Freeman
27th April 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Tania (Alaska) and Mike (England) tour the world with an eclectic mix of songs in several languages and music played on a vast array of instruments: hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, violin, flute, cittern, hurdy-gurdy, percussion, etc. All is presented with wit and style and for the musically open-minded a great evening is guaranteed.
(NCEM Concert) Calan
3rd May 2017
£15 full / £13 concessions BOOKING OPENS 9th DEC
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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.
Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when this energetic young band from Wales takes the stage. Five virtuoso musicians breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into beautiful and haunting songs which explore the legends of Wales with tales of fairies and magic, myth and mischief. Calan are introducing a new generation of listeners to Welsh traditional music as they tour widely across the UK and into Europe, North America and beyond, with their musicianship and huge sense of humour making for an outstanding show. Plus an opening set from special tour guest Dan Wilde
Singers & Musicians Night
4th May 2017
£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.
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
11th May 2017
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
These debut visitors are building a solid reputation on the folk scene for their arresting and moving performances. The songs, both traditional and original, are always given centre stage, brought to life with sensitive arrangements (mostly for guitar and banjo) and stunning vocals. Above all, there is an integrity that shines through their performances, as I witnessed for myself a few months ago.
Vin Garbutt
18th May 2017
£13 advance / £15 on the door / Students half price.
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
FIRST NIGHT OF TWO. This legendary singer and entertainer could easily fill the larger concert venue but prefers to return for two nights to the intimacy of our small club room. These should be magical and memorable evenings! ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISED
(Friday Extra) Vin Garbutt
19th May 2017
£13 advance / £15 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
SECOND NIGHT OF TWO. This legendary singer and entertainer could easily fill the larger concert venue but prefers to return for two nights to the intimacy of our small club room. These should be magical and memorable evenings! ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISED
Miranda Sykes
25th May 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
Singers & Musicians Night
1st June 2017
£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 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
Reg Meuross
8th June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Guest TBA
15th June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Cloudstreet
22nd June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
The Long Hill Ramblers
29th June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
6th July 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Guest TBA
13th July 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Maggie Holland
20th July 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
Wizz Jones
27th July 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd August 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York