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!

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

Pete Morton
19th July 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Pete is one of Britain’s most distinctive songwriters and a skilled interpreter of a diverse range of other songs. We’ve admired his work ever since his debut over thirty years ago: performances which are dynamic and intense yet approachable and amiable, delivering songs that speak of the human condition from a unique perspective. Highly recommended!
Karin Grandal-Park & Karl Robins
26th July 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Cumbria-based Karin worked in jazz and blues for many years before becoming enthralled with folk music, starting to attend folk sessions and beginning to write songs in a modern folk style. Now teamed with Karl Robins, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and writer from Northumberland, she has performed at several of the fantastic Costa Del Folk events and at festivals and clubs across Britain.
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.
Edwina Hayes
9th August 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With her international reputation for beautifully written songs, choice covers, charming stage presence and angelic vocals Edwina is a local lass made very good. She has toured with artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Gretchen Peters and Nanci Griffith (who said “the sweetest voice in England”) but her gentle folk-Americana is at its best in an intimate venue like ours
Crookes Folk Club Special
16th August 2018
£5 advance / £6 on the door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Four of our Black Swan resident singers have been invited to perform at the well-established Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield in June. This reciprocal visit brings to York the South Yorkshire trio Dogwood Rose (Michael Richards, Judy Clifford, Kiri Smith: pictured) and soloists Julia Waldron, Paul Pearson and Welsh Geoff. Come along and give them a listen.
The Heathen Kings
23rd August 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With considerable flair and skill, this Leeds-based trio performs traditional, self-penned and borrowed folk music from the British Isles and further afield. They comprise Rachael Sutcliffe on lead vocals, harp and percussion, Mark Daniel Rogers on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Steve Foster on bass and vocals. They previously appeared at our club in 2016 under former name The Fireside Knights.
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
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Third time at the Black Swan for one of today’s finest young folk duos. Greg is a supremely assured and mature singer, and with their great guitar, bouzouki and fiddle playing plus Ciaran’s madcap stage banter, they always do a great live show. This year’s new album has already picked up comments such as “an incredibly powerful musical statement” and “confirming their place at folk’s top table”.
Billy Mitchell
13th September 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Jack The Lad, Maxie & Mitch, Lindisfarne, a duo partnership with Bob Fox and latterly The Pitman Poets, to name only a few of his achievements – Billy Mitchell’s CV reads like a roll call of North East England’s folk and acoustic music scene over the last 50 years. Remarkably, this versatile singer, guitarist and entertainer has never before visited our club. Let’s make him very welcome!
The Askew Sisters
20th September 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Emily and Hazel are two of the foremost champions of English folk, their performances brimming with the deep understanding of siblings immersed in traditional music all their lives. With fiddle, melodeon and more, they play and sing with infectious enjoyment and deep love for the music. From old dance tunes to powerful interpretations of ancient songs and ballads to their own compositions, they engage and enthuse all who hear them.
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.
Chris Sherburn, Denny Bartley & Emily Sanders
4th October 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This should be an absolute stonker of a night! With their soul-stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and an hilarious love of the craic, Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (guitar and vocals) have never failed to delight us and as an added bonus they are now joined by the wonderful fiddle player and singer (and ex York student and Black Swan resident) Emily Sanders. Early booking is advised!
(NCEM Concert) Jon Boden
8th October 2018
£20 / Concessions £18 / u35s (limited nos) £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.
Best known as the lead singer and main arranger of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead and as one half of much-loved duo Spiers & Boden, Jon launched his solo career in 2016. Showcasing his instrumental talents on fiddle, guitar and concertina and performing a mix of self-penned songs and re-worked traditional numbers, his dynamic solo shows have been enthusiastically received and critically acclaimed. In one context or another, Jon has shared in winning eleven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, more than any other artist, and he is surely the stand-out performer of his generation in English folk music.
Rachel Newton
11th October 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
An auspicious York debut for the Scottish singer and harpist who was voted Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2016 Scots Trad Awards and then Musician of the Year in last year’s BBC Folk Awards. Rachel specialises in interpreting traditional songs in both English and Gaelic, as well as performing her own instrumental pieces. Of her last album, “haunting and compelling” said The Guardian and “a thing of great beauty” said fRoots. As well as doing solo work, Rachel is a member of ground-breaking bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective.
Jack Rutter
18th October 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Jack grew up in the Holme Valley area of Yorkshire, an area steeped in traditional song, and since graduating from Newcastle in 2014 he has developed a solid reputation as a folk singer and multi-instrumentalist, working with Moore Moss Rutter and such as Seth Lakeman and Jackie Oates. His solo set features a range of well-known and rarer traditional songs, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or concertina accompaniments that complement his ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post) and with an easy-going stage presence.
(NCEM Concert) Talisk
23rd October 2018
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £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.
Band Of The Year in the latest MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, 2015 winners of the Radio 2 Young Folk Award and BBC Horizon trophy finalists in 2017, Talisk are one of the fastest rising instrumental bands on the British folk scene. Mohsen Amini on concertina (named Musician of the Year in this year’s BBC Folk Awards), Hayley Keenan on fiddle and Graeme Armstrong on guitar create a captivating and energetic sound that, in barely four years, has earned them unwavering media praise and standing ovations from audiences far and wide, including at such world-leading festivals as England’s Cambridge, Denmark’s Tønder, Canada’s Celtic Colours and Scotland’s Celtic Connections. PLUS A SUPPORT SPOT BY YORK'S BELLA GAFFNEY & POLLY BOLTON.
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
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Jim is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music. Winner of numerous BBC Folk Awards and author of a series of ground-breaking projects (most recently the semi-orchestral Upcetera and the folk rock False Lights), he stands at the forefront of the folk scene, hailed as a pivotal influence by a whole new generation of roots musicians. Jim’s previous solo shows here were stunning, sold out successes, so we are delighted to welcome him back. Book early!
(NCEM Concert) Daoiri Farrell
6th November 2018
£15 / Concessions £13 / u35s (limited nos) £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.
A former electrician who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on television, this Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player is widely acclaimed as one of most important performers to come out of Ireland in recent years, breathing vigorous new life into the Irish folksong repertoire. Daoirí’s breakthrough album True Born Irishman lead to three BBC Folk Award nominations in 2017, more than any other artist, with wins in the Horizon (for best newcomer) and Best Traditional Track categories. Since then he has toured widely around Britain and beyond, including with the Transatlantic Sessions, and at leading festivals such as Cambridge, Shrewsbury and Costa del Folk. PLUS AN OPENING SPOT BY YORK'S LEADING IRISH SINGER DAMIAN FYNES.
Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
8th November 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
On her York debut, “rising star” singer and dulcimer player Kim Lowings is joined by Tim Rogers on percussion, Dave Sutherland on double bass and her father Andrew on guitar and bouzouki. Their energetic sound has been described as “punchy and authentic” by Mike Harding, no less, and cleverly combines original compositions with innovative new arrangements of familiar traditional songs.
Ange Hardy
15th November 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
We welcome back this West Country singer following a memorable debut show in 2016. Nominated in numerous music awards and celebrated by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians”, Ange has grabbed attention by writing inspired new material and embracing modern technologies (such as live looping) whilst maintaining a firmly traditional feel. Local news site York Calling has already previewed Ange’s visit – see yorkcalling.co.uk/2018/04/27/ange-hardy-at-the-black-swan-inn/
(NCEM Concert) Siobhan Miller
19th November 2018
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £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.
Here is one of the foremost young performers in Scotland, a truly exceptional talent whose soulful and stirring take on folk song has won her Singer Of The Year an unprecedented three times at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, as well as this year’s Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track. Siobhan’s superb vocal style has been honed through collaborations and studies with many of Scotland’s top musicians and tradition bearers, while her extensive range spans choice contemporary songs and lyrically rich self-penned material as well as traditional favourites. Touring in support of a brand new third album release, she is accompanied by a small backing band. PLUS AN OPENING SET BY ADVENTUROUS YORK TRIO WHITE SAIL.
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
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Forty seven years down the road from his seminal first album and Steve remains firmly at the top of his game. As a celebrated song-smith and a superb acoustic guitar player, he has very few equals. To quote the magazine Dirty Linen, Steve “can stand shoulder to shoulder with any guitarist/songwriter in the world”. He has entertained us many times over the years and it is always a great pleasure to welcome him back to York.
Tim Edey
6th December 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Tim Edey is truly multi-talented – a singer, guitarist, accordion player, songwriter, accompanist and producer. Due to make his Black Swan debut in 2013, he was called away to join The Chieftains on a US tour, which shows you just how respected he is by other musicians. At last we have secured another date for him. We can expect everything from Irish tunes and classic Scottish airs to songs that span traditional balladry to country blues, Taoist reflections to Swing Jazz idioms.
Dave Burland & The Awkward Squad
13th December 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
For our end-of-year special, who better than one of our all-time favourite singers? Dave’s rich and mellow vocal tones and his distinctive guitar style are augmented tonight by Dave Fisher on vocals, keyboards, lap steel and pedal steel guitars and Bryan Ledgard on vocals and percussion. Together they perform a collection of songs that all three musicians regard as timeless classic material.
(NCEM Concert) Emily Smith's Songs For Christmas
18th December 2018
£17 / Concessions £15 / u35s (limited nos) £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.
For her fifth visit to NCEM, the much admired Scottish singer Emily Smith presents her unique Christmas show. Accompanied with guitar, fiddle and backing vocals, she promises a beautiful blend of original and traditional festive songs. Sing along with old carols, tap your toes to upbeat instrumentals or simply close your eyes and let Emily’s evocative voice help you dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring. From humble beginnings in 2012, she has honed this show into a moving, family friendly seasonal night out, material from which has featured on the Songs of Praise Christmas Special, with Emily’s self-penned sing Find Hope play-listed on Radio 2. PLUS AN OPENING SET FROM RYEDALE SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVID SWANN.
Folk Club Christmas Party
20th December 2018
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our annual end-of-year singers night party. Free entry, bring-and-share supper.
Club Closed
27th December 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd January 2019
£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.
Jez Lowe
10th January 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Guest Artist TBA
17th January 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
24th January 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
31st January 2019
£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.
Ninebarrow
7th February 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
(NCEM Concert) Phil Beer
12th February 2019
All tickets £17 / On sale 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.
Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. One half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Phil is equally celebrated for his intimate solo performances, where folk, blues, the sea, the West Country and a lifetime spent in music combine to generate a hugely entertaining show. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, his flawless musicianship (fiddle, guitar, mandocello, mandolin, South American cuatro and more) and his rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.
Guest Artist TBA
14th February 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson
21st February 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
(NCEM Concert) Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle
26th February 2019
£20 / Concessions £18 / on sale 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.
Ten years since their first trio performances, Celtic music’s legendary musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are out on the road again with their distinctive blend of top class folk songs, stirring tunes and charming bonhomie. Masters respectively of flute, fiddle and song/guitar, Mike John and John have shared stages and recording studios with some of the biggest names in popular music, from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller and Joan Baez, as well as being key participants in the annual Transatlantic Sessions tour. We can expect a beautifully crafted musical treat, one to be savoured for a very long time.