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

Dan McKinnon
5th May 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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
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) The Melrose Quartet
16th May 2016
£14 / Concs. £12
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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 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.
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Kyle Carey
19th May 2016
£9 / Concs £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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
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 2016 - Day One
3rd June 2016
All FREE
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A ceilidh in the Marquee with FiddlersWreck (8.00-10.30) and an Irish Night in the Wolfe Room with York Irish Association (8.00-11.00). Official Fringe Event - songs and tunes session from 8.30 at The Three-Legged Mare, High Petergate.
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day Two
4th June 2016
All FREE
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Events Noon - Midnight. In the Marquee/Outdoors - Sarah Dean, Leather'o, Acorn Morris, Duncan McFarlane Band, Chechelele, Melthem, The Bronze, Phil Cerny, Roisin Ban, Moonshine Creek, Union Jill, Paula Ryan and Bramble Napskins. In the Bowes Room - an all-day musicians session. In the Wolfe Room - rolling folk club, followed by afternoon and evening concerts. In the Oak Room - Poetry, storytelling, rolling folk club, singaround.
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day Three
5th June 2016
All FREE
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Events Noon - 11pm. In the Marquee/Outdoors - David Ward Maclean, Dan Webster, The Ale Marys, Soundsphere, Union Central, Kaminari Taiko Drummers, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Stan Graham, The A-Rhythmics, Rambler's Gate, The Foresters, Blonde on Bob. In the Bowes Room - another all day musicians session. In the Wolfe Room - singing workshop, children's music workshop, afternoon and evening concerts. In the Oak Room - songwriting workshop, rolling folk club, final singaround.
Chris & Kellie While
9th June 2016
£12 / Concs. £11
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Two superb singers performing together always makes for a great experience and when they are related it becomes extra special. Such is the case with Chris and her daughter Kellie, here doing one of their infrequent duo tours. We can expect plenty of Chris’s own fine songs, plus their personal favourites by writers such as Karine Polwart, David Francey and Richard Thompson. “Each song (is) a showcase for the delicate, complementary powers of expression of two expert vocalists” said one reviewer.
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
16th June 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Vicki and Jonny have a solid reputation for time and again delivering very entertaining performances. Their prowess with the Scottish smallpipes, Swedish nyckelharpa, accordion, guitar and more is long established and they are increasingly being recognised as impressive song arrangers and writers too, creating original material that is entirely at home alongside their picks from the folk tradition.
Singers & Musicians Night
23rd June 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.
Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise - Two Hemispheres Tour
30th June 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This “Two Hemispheres” shared tour brings together Lucy from Australia and Kirsty from Sheffield. Mostly original songs tell stories of love, people and places, with melodically rich tunes steeped in the Celtic, English and American folk traditions which influenced them both growing up. Two assured young vocalists with intimate and moving performance styles, they fit together supremely well.
howdenjones
7th July 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With powerful harmonies, skilled musicianship and beautiful arrangements, Kate Howden and Paul Jones write all their own material and play, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bodhran. In the seven years since they last visited us, they have worked mostly on the rural touring circuit, developing a friendly mixture of songs, tunes and stories that has non-folk audiences joining in and singing along.
Graham Hodge
14th July 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
It is a real pleasure to present a full evening with this much-admired local singer. Expect a sublime choice of modern folk and pop covers, mingling with some well-crafted originals, and all accompanied by subtle and supple guitar playing.
Singers & Musicians Night
21st July 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.
Bram Taylor
28th July 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
As we know from numerous past appearances, Bram is a supreme folk club entertainer, delighting audiences with his fine rich voice, his sharp sense of humour and his excellent selection of traditional and modern songs deftly accompanied on guitar, concertina or ukulele. Let’s welcome him back!
Granny's Attic
4th August 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Two members of this Young Folk Awards finalist trio are already known to us: both George Sansome and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne have done impressive floor spots this year, and Cohen also gave us an outstanding support set at a recent NCEM concert. With third member Lewis Wood we now welcome them as guests for a lively night of mostly English folk songs and instrumentals with fiddle, guitar, melodeon and concertina.
Serious Sam Barrett
11th August 2016
£8 / Concs. £7
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Sam mixes Delta blues and Country with English folk influences in a beguilingly direct and heartfelt fashion. He plays mostly 12-string guitar in a twangy, rootsy style while his vocal delivery recalls childhood heroes like Leadbelly and Guthrie. Happily, he has recovered from the broken wrist which scuppered his 2015 booking here.
Singers & Musicians Night
18th August 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 Rheingans Sisters
25th August 2016
£11 / Concs. £10
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Fiddle (and occasional banjo) playing and singing sisters Anna and Rowan – the latter previously heard in York with Lady Maisery and Nancy Kerr’s band – were finalists for Best New Act and Best Original Song in this year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards and their current album, with its engagingly diverse mix of European and North American styles, has been universally praised. “Gorgeous music” says Songlines.
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 EVENT HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. DOORS 7.30PM. Working with indie promoter PleasePleaseYou, we bring this great singer to York’s newest live music venue, following the huge success of his CD Areas of High Traffic with its imaginative reworkings of classic Irish folk songs. Taking time out from his wife Kate Rusby’s band, Damien (guitar, banjo) is joined by Cormac Byrne (percussion), Steven Iveson (guitar) and Anthony Davis (keyboard, bass).
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
22nd September 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
David Francey
29th September 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) RANT
3rd October 2016
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details TBA
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
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Edwina Hayes, Kate Bramley & Simon Haworth join forces. Details TBA
Jimmy Crowley
20th October 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Breabach
24th October 2016
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details TBA
Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
27th October 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) O'Hooley & Tidow
1st November 2016
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details TBA
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
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
17th November 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund
22nd November 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A special night of Danish music at Barley Hall, Stonegate. Details TBA
Daoiri Farrell
24th November 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Chris Wood
30th November 2016
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details TBA
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
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
Jackie Oates with Tristan Seume
15th December 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details TBA
(NCEM Concert) Celtic Christmas Strings with Maire ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
21st December 2016
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details TBA
Christmas Party
22nd December 2016
Free entry
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
CLUB CLOSED
29th December 2016
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
We reopen for 2017 - Guest TBA
5th January 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York