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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

Bob Fox
11th February 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
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Rated one of the finest folk singers in England, Bob’s velvet voice, lovely guitar work and wonderful choice of songs, many from his native North East, have delighted audiences since the 1970s. With his long stint as Song Man in the hit stage show Warhorse finally at an end, Bob is free to return to the club scene, much to our pleasure
NEW ROOTS DOUBLE BILL - Saul Bailey PLUS Hannah Cumming
18th February 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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This year’s New Roots showcase features Somerset-based fiddle player and singer Hannah, alongside Saul, a melodeon and English concertina player from Hertfordshire. These nights are usually great fun, so please come and support the youngsters if you can. “It really means a lot” says Hannah.
Singers & Musicians Night
25th February 2016
£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.
(NCEM Concert) Barluath
26th February 2016
£14 / Concs. £12
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Here is a diverse, innovative and exciting young Scottish folk band based in Glasgow, comprising musicians who met as students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Ainsley Hamill, Alistair Paterson, Colin Greeves, Eddie Seaman, Eilidh Firth and Luc McNally excel at both instrumental numbers and at songs in either English or Gaelic, with fiddle, whistles, highland and border bagpipes, bouzouki, guitar and piano. First getting together in 2010 and with two albums under their collective belt, Barluath have delighted audiences across Scotland, Europe and North America and increasingly in England too. We booked them after seeing three impressive sets at one of 2015’s major festivals. Support from Paula Ryan, singer-songwriter and “Gaelic funkstress”.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
The James Brothers
3rd March 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
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“Antipodean roots music” from James Fagan (Australia) and Jamie McClennan (New Zealand), taking time out from respective partnerships with Nancy Kerr and Emily Smith to revisit ballads and tunes from their native lands. Expect virtuoso playing (guitar, fiddle, bouzouki), strong singing, distinctive material and good humoured repartee.
Ewan McLennan
10th March 2016
£10 / Concs. £9
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Ewan is a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style, a singer who can move audiences with his passion and pathos and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. He is also an outstanding guitarist in the tradition of such as Martin Simpson and Dick Gaughan. This is a well-earned third visit to the Black Swan.
(NCEM Concert) Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party
16th March 2016
£15 / Concs £13
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Touring to promote new album release Old Adam, Fay is an award-winning singer with a rare gift for going straight to the heart of a traditional song, as well as an academic folklorist and with partner Jon Boden the organiser of a celebrated folk club. As she continues her exploration of the incredible repertoire found in the folksong tradition, Fay is joined by a stellar group of musicians, some of whom she also worked with in the acclaimed Full English project: Sam Sweeney (fiddle), Rob Harbron (concertina), Roger Wilson (guitar), Ben Nicholls (bass) and Toby Kearney (percussion). At times sparse and contemplative, at times with a wholesome stomp, their arrangements are vivid and engaging, with plenty of choruses and vibrant interaction with the audience. Support from young Leeds folksinger Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
Singers & Musicians Night
17th March 2016
£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.
Ange Hardy
24th March 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Horizon trophy finalist at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards and winner of numerous other prizes, Ange is a songwriter and singer from Somerset, performing original numbers written in a traditional style with instruments including guitar, harp, whistle, bodhran and shruti box. Her latest album, inspired by the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, has attracted particular acclaim. This is an auspicious York debut
Bernard Wrigley
31st March 2016
£9 / Concs £8
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Welcome back the Bolton Bullfrog! An evening of Bernard’s songs, tall stories and general silliness is always a delight. Watch out for that bass concertina, while the jokes are leavened by some rather tasty guitar picking.
Winter Wilson
7th April 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) are one of the hardest-working duos on the acoustic music scene, with a reputation for fine original songs (covered by the likes of Vin Garbutt), stunning harmonies and spontaneous humour, charming club and festival audiences across the UK.
Singers & Musicians Night
14th April 2016
£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.
(NCEM Concert) The Young 'Uns - The "Three For All" Tour
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
15th April 2016
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Voted Best Group at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards, The Young’uns have fast become one of the foremost bands on the folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they switch seamlessly from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. Combined with their passion for storytelling and a commitment to social commentary, this has won them five star reviews, live sessions on Radios 2 and 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances across Britain and beyond, with 2016 seeing them embark on their biggest tours to date. They are a superb live act, not to be missed. Support from special tour guest Irish Mythen from Canada.
Sam Carter
21st April 2016
£11 / Concs. £10
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A startlingly perceptive and assured singer and composer and a virtuoso guitarist, this York University graduate has been busily honing his craft ever since his breakthrough in 2009, coming up with a steady stream of top class new songs and collaborating in projects such as Sweet Liberties and (with Jim Moray) folk rock band False Lights.
Triple Bill Showcase - Gemma Khawaja, Dariush Kanani, Fireside Knights
28th April 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Three acts which have greatly impressed us with Singers Night cameo performances. From Norfolk, Gemma is a singer/guitarist in love with the old folk ballads and songs, while Leeds-based Dariush is a folk/blues guitar specialist inspired by legends like John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman. Also from Leeds, Mark, Rachael and Steve make up Fireside Knights, playing well-arranged traditional numbers with guitar, mandolin and percussion.
Dan McKinnon
5th May 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
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One of our favourite Canadian singers, with a glorious voice, nimble guitar work and intelligent, well-observed original songs and choice covers. Dan has rightly been called “one of the most engaging and genuine performers on the scene".
Singers & Musicians Night
12th May 2016
£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.
(NCEM Concert) The Melrose Quartet
16th May 2016
£14 / Concs. £12
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
This band has certainly made waves on the British folk circuit in recent times, and little wonder with its illustrious pedigree. The Melrose Quartet brings together multiple BBC Folk Award winners James Fagan and (Singer of the Year in 2015) Nancy Kerr with seasoned Sheffield musical duo Richard and Jess Arrowsmith. Together they offer a bold take on English songs and tunes both old and new, with many of the latter penned by Nancy or Jess. Glorious four-part harmony singing combines with crunchy twin fiddles, full-bodied melodeon and powerful bouzouki in a performance that leaves imaginations stirred, hearts singing and feet tapping. Support from York’s finest acapella trio Two Black Sheep & A Stallion.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
Kyle Carey
19th May 2016
£9 / Concs £8
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Kyle Carey’s “Gaelic Americana” is, quite simply, a delight. Drawing from both the American and British folk traditions and including some very fine originals, her songs are beautifully crafted and performed. She’s assured, confident, charming and irresistible.
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
26th May 2016
£11 / Concs £10
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Winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, Josienne and Ben infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart, while Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.
Singers & Musicians Night
2nd June 2016
£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.
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day One
3rd June 2016
All FREE
Events 8pm-11pm
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day Two
4th June 2016
All FREE
Events Noon - Midnight
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day Three
5th June 2016
All FREE
Events Noon - 11pm
Chris & Kellie While
9th June 2016
Details TBA
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
16th June 2016
Details TBA
Singers & Musicians Night
23rd June 2016
£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.
Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise - Two Hemispheres Tour
30th June 2016
Details TBA
howdenjones
7th July 2016
Details TBA