Black Swan Folk Club

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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 Jenny Sturgeon Trio
21st March 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Making an auspicious York debut, this Shetland-based singer writes songs rich with imagery, inspired by folklore, history and the natural world. “She brings together the old and new with a rare skill" said one review. Jenny also plays in the critically acclaimed alt-folk band Salt House, while in her own trio she is joined on fiddle and guitar by two top class Scottish players, Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie).
(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson + Chris While & Julie Matthews
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
26th March 2019
£20 / Concessions £18
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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.
CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION. Roland Walls and the Black Swan Folk Club have organised over 140 folk concerts at the NCEM since 2001, providing a highly valued and thoroughly enjoyable strand in its programming. Roland is now seriously ill with motor neurone disease and has been receiving considerable practical and financial support from the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His many friends in the folk world have rallied round to offer their assistance and tonight’s fundraiser for the MNDA features two leading acts that Roland has booked many times over his long career. Chris While & Julie Matthews are two of England’s finest acoustic songwriters and singers and perform with great stage presence, while Martin Simpson is consistently named one of the best folk guitarists in the world, with a rich repertoire of original songs, traditional ballads and choice covers. He is the most nominated artist in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, most recently as Musician of the Year in 2018.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th March 2019
£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.
Nidd PLUS Don't Feed The Peacocks
4th April 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This Young Bands Double Bill features an array of super talented musicians from northern England who met through the National Youth Folk Ensemble. Nidd comprise Kerran Cotterell on guitar, Owen Spafford on fiddle and Ellen McGovern on flute and Uilleann pipes, while Owen is also in Don’t Feed The Peacocks, alongside James Haigh on guitar, Martin Parker on accordion and saxophone, Alex Lord on fiddle, Cori Smith on viola and Phoebe Harty on cello and saxophone. Do come and give these youngsters a listen!
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
11th April 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Let’s welcome back these great Scottish singers and players. Mairearad (Poozies, King Creosote) on accordion and bagpipes and Anna (Blazin’ Fiddles, RANT) on guitar, banjo and fiddle make up a captivating duo, their high energy performances displaying an almost telepathic interplay, tempered by a warm and friendly stage presence.
(NCEM Concert) Peter Knight's Gigspanner
17th April 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £6
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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.
Since leaving folk-rockers Steeleye Span, legendary fiddler Peter Knight has focussed on Gigspanner, where his playing is complimented by the flawless guitar work of Roger Flack and the hand drums and percussion of Sacha Trochet. The trio has established a burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. British folk music forms the bedrock of their repertoire, but their arrangements stretch the envelope and bring in subliminal, multicultural influences from French, Cajun, Cuban, East European and other traditions. “Spellbinding" "sublime" "blown away" "inspired" and "magical" are words which occur over and over in reviews.
Singers & Musicians Night
18th April 2019
£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.
Sunjay
25th April 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This young man’s guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, intricate and faultless” and his singing is also top notch. He certainly impressed us on his previous visit, in 2014, when he had barely turned twenty. Sunjay’s repertoire spans blues, folk and pop material plus originals, and he is a natural performer with great charm and self-confidence.
Rosie Hodgson & Rowan Piggott
2nd May 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Rosie is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Sussex who grew up surrounded by traditional music and is a former BBC Young Folk Award finalist, while fiddle-singer Rowan grew up likewise on the west coast of Ireland, where his father is a member of De Dannan. He now lives in England and amongst many other projects plays with recent club guests The Georgia Lewis Band. Together, he and Rosie will showcase material from her recent and well-received debut album Rise Aurora.
Grace Petrie
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
9th May 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Yes, this event is already Sold Out! Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won her an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She has toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on Radio 4’s The Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. Her new album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released .last September.
Singers & Musicians Night
16th May 2019
£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.
(NCEM Concert) The Melrose Quartet
20th May 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £6
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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.
Comprising the award-winning Nancy Kerr on fiddle with James Fagan on bouzouki or guitar, Jess Arrowsmith on fiddle and Richard Arrowsmith on melodeon, and with all four of them being strong singers, this Sheffield-based but internationally renowned group has a reputation for state-of-the-art modern British folk music that truly connects with audiences. They have a rich repertoire of both a-Capella and accompanied traditional songs, alongside self-penned numbers that merge seamlessly into the folk canon, and they also excel at instrumental sets that re-invigorate social dance rhythms from Britain and beyond. This is an auspicious return visit to the NCEM. PLUS SUPPORT from local trio The Old Humpy Band.
Pilgrims' Way
23rd May 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With influences from early music through Playford and Morris to prog rock, soul, and pop, this band feeds folk music through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine! Ed Beasant (melodeon), Tom Kitching (fiddle) and multi-instrumentalist Jon Loomes are joined by Jude Rees, ex Isambarde (oboe, vocals) and Heather Sirrel (bass). This appearance replaces the one in March last year which was scuppered by heavy snow.
Ye Vagabonds
30th May 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn create beautiful harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. Raised in Carlow and now resident in Dublin, they have become a staple of the vibrant live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Britain and America, with guitars, mandolins and other stringed instruments
City of York Folk Weekend, Day 1
31st May 2019
Free
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City of York Folk Weekend, Day 2
1st June 2019
Free
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City of York Folk Weekend, Day 3
2nd June 2019
Free
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Singers & Musicians Night
6th June 2019
£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.
Bob Fox
13th June 2019
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Will Kaufman: Woody Guthrie & Old Man Trump
20th June 2019
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Gilmore & Roberts
27th June 2019
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Singers & Musicians Night
4th July 2019
£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.
Bill Jones
11th July 2019
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Dom Prag
18th July 2019
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Graham Hodge
25th July 2019
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Singers & Musicians Night
1st August 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
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Charity Night with Ramshackle and others
8th August 2019
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Crookes Folk Club Exchange Visit
15th August 2019
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Martyn Wyndham-Read & Iris Bishop
22nd August 2019
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Singers & Musicians Night
29th August 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
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The Hunch
5th September 2019
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Reg Meuross
12th September 2019
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Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
19th September 2019
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Singers & Musicians Night
26th September 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
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Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
3rd October 2019
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Guest Artist TBA
10th October 2019
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Christine Collister & Michael Fix
17th October 2019
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Singers & Musicians Night
24th October 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
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Dan McKinnon
31st October 2019
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Winter Wilson
7th November 2019
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Sarah McQuaid
14th November 2019
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Singers & Musicians Night
21st November 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
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Allan Taylor
28th November 2019
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The Trials of Cato
5th December 2019
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Flossie Malavialle
12th December 2019
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Christmas Party
19th December 2019
Free
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Club Closed
26th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York