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 8pm each Thursday, 7pm at the NCEM

The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio
2 April
£9 / Concs. £8
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Jacquelyn is a London-based Irish multi-instrumentalist (notably on flute) who scored a hit last year with debut album Silver & Wood. “An inspired and pleasing collection of solid Celtic folk with many imaginative surprises” was the verdict in R2. Judge for yourself when she is joined by singer/guitarist J Eoin and harpist and fiddle player Steph West (seen in York recently with A Medieval Christmas).
Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese
9 April
£7 / Concs. £6
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With a well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as enjoyed with his full band at several of our Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a welcome guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals.
Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
16 April
£11 / Concs. £10
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This striking combination of a flame-headed double bassist and exquisite vocalist (best known for her work with Show of Hands) and a flamboyant virtuoso mandolin player creates, in the words of fRoots, “a musical partnership made in heaven - scintillating, sensitive and brilliant”. This is indeed a very welcome return visit.
Andy Irvine
23 April
All tickets £12
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Always a highlight of our programme, this living legend of Irish folk song surely needs no introduction from me! ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Singers & Musicians Night
30 April
£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) Lady Maisery
5 May
£13 / £11 Concs.
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Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, Sam Sweeney, Maddy Prior), Hazel Askew (Askew Sisters) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola, Nancy Kerr Band), Lady Maisery perform fresh interpretations of vintage songs and ballads to stunning effect. They enchant with rich harmonies, sumptuous melodies and warm personalities, whether singing unaccompanied or playing combinations of accordion, harp, banjo, concertina and fiddle. The almost lost tradition of diddling or tune-singing is another speciality, together with Hannah’s clog dancing. Nominated for Best Emerging Artists in the 2012 BBC Folk Awards and earning dream reviews for their recordings (4 or 5 stars from The Financial Times, Songlines, R2, The Independent and Maverick), this young trio is on track for great things.
Ben Bedford
7 May
£9 / Concs. £8
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Making his York debut, Ben is an Illinois-born songwriter firmly in the Woody Guthrie-onwards folk tradition. He delivers intriguing sketches of ordinary Americans past and present, their struggles and their victories. Poignant but never sentimental, his songs capture the vitality of their characters and draw the listener deep into the narrative. “A truly inspired and talented storyteller” was the verdict in UK Americana magazine Maverick.
Colum Sands
14 May
£10 / Concs. £9
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Remarkably, it is 15 years since we last welcomed Colum to our club! A storyteller-in-song, he draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave eloquent songs for the world, breaking down cultural and artistic barriers and making you feel as if you were sitting cosily in his lounge. Truly warm, witty, moving and funny.
Singers & Musicians Night
21 May
£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) Emily Smith
22 May
£16 / £14 Concs.
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More than a decade into her career, Emily is rightly celebrated as one of Scotland’s most distinctive and sublime folk voices. Recent accolades include two nominations in the 2012 BBC Folk Awards, while current CD ‘Echoes’ has been universally praised. TV appearances on Transatlantic Sessions and Songs Of Praise have won her additional admirers. Joined by multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson, and switching between accordion and keyboard herself, Emily showcases material from the new album, in which she returns to her first love of traditional song, alongside some choice covers and samples of her own highly accomplished songwriting. SUPPORT FROM STAN GRAHAM.
Sharp's Appalachian Harvest with Jeff Davis and Brian Peters
28 May
£10 / Concs. £9
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100 years ago Cecil Sharp toured remote communities in the Appalachian Mountains in search of old folk songs. He discovered new versions of many great ballads as well as songs and tunes of American origin. In this ambitious multi-media show Jeff Davis (USA) and Brian Peters (England) present some of Sharp’s finds, alongside accounts of his journeys, descriptions of the source singers, and some of his evocative photographs.
Singers & Musicians Night
4 June
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
Pre-festival gathering - all singers, players and listeners welcome.
City of York Folk Weekend, Day One
5 June
All events free
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City of York Folk Weekend, Day Two
6 June
All events free
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City of York Folk Weekend, Day Three
7 June
All events free
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Singers & Musicians Night
11 June
£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.
David Francey
18 June
TBA
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Dana & Susan Robinson
25 June
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The Teacups
2 July
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Singers & Musicians Night
9 July
£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.
James Findlay
16 July
TBA
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Details tba.
Judy Dunlop & Jon Scaife
23 July
TBA
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Rescheduled from November 2014. Details tba.
Singers & Musicians Night
30 July
£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.
Beggar's Bridge
6 August
TBA
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Jess & Richard Arrowsmith
13 August
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Anna Shannon
20 August
TBA
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Singers & Musicians Night
27 August
£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
Debby McClatchy
3 September
TBA
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Dave Burland
10 September
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The Dovetail Trio
17 September
TBA
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Singers & Musicians Night
24 September
£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) Phil Beer
25 September
£15 / Concs. £13
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Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as one half of multi-award winning duo Show Of Hands. A top flight fiddler in particular, he also plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there - he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. PLEASE NOTE the concert starts at 8pm, and there is no support act.
Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier
1 October
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Harpeth Rising
8 October
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Stephen Fearing
15 October
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Singers & Musicians Night
22 October
£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.
The Carrivick Sisters
29 October
TBA
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Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
5 November
TBA
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Singers & Musicians Night
12 November
£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) Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock
13 November
TBA
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Clive says "I'm touring with Liz Simcock in November 2015. We're going to revisit the Gregson & Collister catalogue. Liz is absolutely terrific and I'm really looking forward to the shows. Support from UNION JILL. More details tba.
Maria Dunn
19 November
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On tour from Canada. Details tba.
Jim Boyes with Belinda O'Hooley - Sensations of a Wound
26 November
TBA
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(Wednesday Extra) Dick Gaughan
2 December
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First of two nights. Details tba.
Dick Gaughan
3 December
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Second of two nights. Details tba.
Harp and a Monkey
10 December
TBA
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Details tba.
Christmas Party
17 December
Free entry
Club Closed
24 December
Club Closed
31 December