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

(NCEM Concert) A Winter Union
16th December 2019
£16 / Concessions £14
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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 Winter Union is a festive folk band like no other. Five leading lights of the British Roots scene. Soaring vocals, exquisite musicianship and a delightful repertoire of folk songs from across Yuletide traditions. Featuring Katriona Gilmore, Jamie Roberts, Jade Rhiannon, Ben Savage and Hannah Sanders.
Christmas Party
19th December 2019
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Club Closed
26th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Ramshackle and The Old Humpy Band
2nd January 2020
£6 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
2020 at The Black Swan Folk Club begins with some familiar faces. House band Ramshackle, Chris, Eddie, Judith, Phil and Stan with their usual eclectic mix of acoustic music. Their repertoire is bound to include a helping of songs designed to get everyone singing along. Also on the bill are local favourites The Old Humpy Band with a wealth of music from many past and present musical collaborations playing folk to easy listening. The band members are Dee Marshall (flute, saxophone, percussion, and vocals,) Jo Wheldon (fiddle and vocals,) and Steve Marshall (guitar bouzouki and vocals).
Singers and Musicians Night
9th January 2020
£3 and £2(performers) no advance sales
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our first open house of the New Year all singers and musicians are welcome. Come along and sing a few songs play a few tunes or just enjoy the music. Everyone welcome. If you want to perform,leave your name on the door when you come in.
Eddie Walker and Frank Porter
16th January 2020
£8 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
It’s a very welcome return for our old friend Eddie Walker to the Black Swan Folk Club and this time in duo format with long-time friend and collaborator Frank Porter. A folk musician for 5 decades with his eclectic mix of roots guitar repertoire and self-written material across several genres, contemporary folk, country blues, guitar ragtime, swing and 1930s popular song Eddie has played the Cambridge Folk Festival on three occasions and toured widely. Before teaming-up with Frank again 6 years ago he produced a new CD, Red Shoes & Blues with ex Paulo Nutini harmonica virtuoso, Fraser Speirs. Frank was a member of the famous Teesside Fettlers during a time that included appearances at the Royal Albert Hall such was the appeal of that North East folk supergroup in the '70s. Over a following 40 year career his skill as both an acoustic guitarist and bass player has forever been in demand by the likes of Vin Garbutt and Judith Haswell. With their new CD, Old Friends-Full Circle, expect an evening capturing the essence of what they are about with lots of ''Fred and Ginger'' dance songs, Western Swing Teesside style, novelty tunes and ragtime, all performed on two acoustic guitars.
Danny Pedler and Greg Russell
23rd January 2020
£10 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Danny Pedler & Greg Russell bring you Field & Dyke combining traditional music with the sounds of industry. Grown out of an oral history research project conducted by Danny, the music incorporates samples of dialogue from Field & Dyke Interviewees as well as being based around factory machine rhythms. These innovative music making techniques create songs that explore folk music as a vehicle to communicate the feeling behind the social and cultural themes present in 21st century England.
York's Winter Folk Day
26th January 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The Mile Roses
30th January 2020
£10 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Contemporary folk with a nod towards Nashville. Kate Bramley, Simon Haworth & Kari Macleod are three singer songwriters with eclectic and diverse roots. Born out of a musical interest in both British folk and the transatlantic connections to new country and Americana the trio are fast gaining a reputation across the UK folk scene. Original songs and close three part harmonies, accompanied by guitars, fretless bass, cittern, mandolin and duelling fiddles. Expect haunting ballads, swinging country, celtic roots and driving folk choruses.
Singers and Musicians Night
6th February 2020
£3 and £2 for performers no advance sales
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Another open house. All singers and musicians are very welcome. Come along and sing a few songs play a few tunes or just enjoy the music. Everyone welcome. If you want to perform,leave your name on the door when you come in. Music starts at 8-15pm.
Lisa O'Neill
13th February 2020
£13 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Lisa O'Neill from County Cavan is an Irish songwriter like no other. Over the years she has quietly built a reputation for herself on the Irish and international scenes and now has a growing following with her unique folk sound, strong song-writing and distinctive voice. A 2019 BBC Folk Award nominee with a rapidly growing cult following, Lisa makes her debut at The Black Swan Folk Club in what promises to be one of our most popular nights of the year.
Ye Vagabonds plus Red River Dialect at The Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW
17th February 2020
£12 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Ye Vagabonds brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn played the Black Swan Folk Club to a full and rapturous house in 2018 and now we’re pleased to see them return to one of our larger concert venues. They grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America. They have made numerous television and live radio appearances in Ireland, and were also part of ‘Imagining Home’, a live broadcast concert in the National Concert Hall of Ireland, 2016, curated by Glen Hansard, Philip King and Gary Sheehan. Red River Dialect are currently a six strong band, brewing a lightly carbonated folk-rock from the psycho-spiritual malt of David Morris’songwriting. Morris began recording songs in 2002, and from 2006 the majority of these songs were performed as Red River Dialect; either solo or with a revolving configuration of musicians from the folk and improv scenes in Falmouth,a harbour town in the Celtic region of Cornwall.
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band
20th February 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Josie Duncan and Hamish Macleod
27th February 2020
£10 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Raised in the musical traditions of the Outer Hebrides, Josie Duncan has long been able to exercise a deep understanding of Scotland’s music with her softly strong vocals, enthralling listeners everywhere. Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has performed all over Europe to rapt audiences. Her approach to song although influenced by the tradition always feels modern, with a voice which is somehow delicately soft and yet rich and powerful at the same time. On this tour Josie is accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Hamish Macleod who although he began his musical career learning and performing traditional music now encompasses electronic, jazz and orchestral styles. His own bands have performed headline slots at major music festivals around the country and have been nominated for prestigious awards. As comfortable calling a ceilidh as he is performing for muddy festival goers, Hamish’s broad range of influences have produced a compositional and performance style which lend themselves to any application and he fits perfectly into a duo combination as Josie’s accompanist. "Effortlessly pure, supple vocals. It felt like a fresh breeze." - The Scotsman.
Peter Knight and John Spiers
5th March 2020
£15 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special 'one off' concert at that year's festival. In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn't seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say "I was there". It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option, and plans were made to record an album and undertake a country-wide tour during March 2018. The album and tour were a great success and 2 years later the pair are back on the road. To have them perform in such an intimate setting is a real coup for the Black Swan Folk Club.
(NCEM Concert) Urban Folk Quartet
9th March 2020
£17 £15(concessions) £6 (under 35 limited no.)
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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.
UFQ has ignited audiences across the world with its cross-genre contemporary take on folk music for the past 10 years. Rooted in Celtic tune forms and traditional song, UFQ also take influence from Afrobeat, Indian classical, funk, rock and a whole lot more. Featuring Joe Broughton fiddle, guitar, mandolin, Paloma Trigás fiddle, vocals, Tom Chapman cajón, percussion, vocals and Dan Walsh banjo, guitar, vocals, their show is a multi-instrumental spectacle of high-energy virtuosity. “A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk with elements of dub, house and rock with an ease that shouldn’t naturally follow that list of genres. There’s a palpable electricity to a UFQ gig that surges through the band and into the crowd.” Songlines
Singers and Musicians
12th March 2020
£3 and £2 for performers no advance sales.
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our March open house evening. All singers and musicians are very welcome. Come along and sing a few songs play a few tunes or just enjoy the music. Everyone welcome. If you want to perform,leave your name on the door when you come in. Music from 8-15pm doors open around 7-45pm.
Bram Taylor
19th March 2020
£8 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With many appearances at The Black Swan Folk Club Bram Taylor is back with us once again. As usual he’ll be engaging the audience with his fine rich voice and entertaining sense of humour, performing an excellent selection of both traditional and contemporary material. Bram sings a cappella, plays guitar, baritone ukulele and duet concertina. He’s made several tours of the USA including several appearances at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Canada (alongside Don McLean, Gordon Lightfoot, The Proclaimers and Buffy - Sainte Marie), Bram continues to be a constantly reliable and entertaining performer. “Taylor’s rich, direct delivery in concert will grab you and not let you go from the first note to the last, in a way that a great many performers can only hope to emulate” Oz Hardwick, R2 Magazine
Maz O'Connor tbc
26th March 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Ramshackle and Soundsphere
2nd April 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Singers and Musicians
9th April 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Eliza Carthy and Restitute Band
10th April 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Brooks Williams
16th April 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
(NCEM Concert) Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
22nd April 2020
£17 £15(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.
2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo. Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ' Equation ' through to the current release 'Personae ' with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. “It’s folk music for the modern age.” The Telegraph ‘These guys are something very special’ Acoustic Magazine Twice Winners of 'Best Duo'- BBC Radio2 Folk Awards - 2016 & 2013
Singers and Musicians
23rd April 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The John Ward Trio
21st May 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Katy Moffatt
28th May 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
City of York Folk Weekend 5-7 June 2020
5th June 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Chris and Kellie While
18th June 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Anthony John Clarke
10th September 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Charlie Dore and Julian Litmann
19th November 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York