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!

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

The Churchfitters
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
2nd March 2017
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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
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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.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
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
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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
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
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
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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.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
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
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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
This concert has been CANCELLED.
18th May 2017
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Sadly, Vin has had to cancel all his Spring and Summer dates to recover from a major operation. We will try to reschedule his visits for early 2018. Ticket holders will be refunded by WeGotTickets.
(Friday Extra) Vin Garbutt
This concert has been CANCELLED.
19th May 2017
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Sadly, Vin has had to cancel all his Spring and Summer dates to recover from a major operation. We will try to reschedule his visits for early 2018. Ticket holders will be refunded by WeGotTickets.
Miranda Sykes
25th May 2017
All tickets £12
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The acclaimed “third member” of Show of Hands returns to her solo roots. After twenty years and more of playing with other top musicians, Miranda is touring this spring as she started out - one woman, one double bass, and one guitar. Her Borrowed Places project draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire, but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific: the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself on guitar or bass, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live. This is one you won’t want to miss.
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
£9 advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This multi-award winning singer-songwriter has been active on the acoustic music scene for over 30 years, so this certainly qualifies as a belated Black Swan debut. Whether it’s a folk club, a village hall or the Royal Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage an intimate collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. He has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level, with his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.
Dave Kelly
15th June 2017
£13 advance / £15 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Here is a solid gold treat for all acoustic blues fans and guitar buffs. This legendary singer and guitarist has been a fixture on the British music scene for 50 years, latterly alongside Paul Jones et al in the concert hall-filling Blues Band. However, it was as a soloist that Dave started out, playing the small folk and blues clubs (following in the steps of his late lamented big sister Jo-Anne) and he loves to make occasional forays back to his roots. His last visit to the Black Swan was way back in 1995, so we are delighted that he has specifically asked to return here. No bells, no whistles, just Dave’s awesome voice and acoustic slide guitar playing the blues.
Cloudstreet
22nd June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
The Long Hill Ramblers
29th June 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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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
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Singers & Musicians Night
3rd August 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York