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

Andy Irvine
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
26th April 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
To quote his own song, this legendary Irish singer never tires of the road. Andy has been one of our most consistently popular guests over the years and surely needs no further introduction.
Kitty Macfarlane
3rd May 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Kitty is a young Somerset-based songwriter whose compelling lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have occupied minds and voices for centuries. A strong singer and an able guitarist, she has picked up lots of favourable notices lately. “An outstanding debut” said fRoots of her first release.
Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink
6th May 2018
£12 in advance / £14 on the door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK, YO24 1AW. Expect stunning guitar picking, elegant slide work and soulful singing when two giants of acoustic blues come together for a one-off shared tour, mixing solo and duo numbers. Vienna-based Dutchman Hans and UK-resident American Brooks have been delighting blues and folk audiences for countless years, including here in York, and their Steady Rollin’ Blues collaboration is sure to be a treat. Doors open 7.30pm / Tickets also available at Earworm Records on Goodramgate, from www.seetickets.com and from the venue (evenings).
Rosie Hood & Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
10th May 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A Double Header show with two rising young folk stars doing a mix of solo pieces and collaborations. Previously enjoyed in York with the Dovetail Trio, Rosie is a captivating singer whose 2017 debut CD was widely praised, while we already know and admire Cohen’s singing and concertina and melodeon playing with Granny’s Attic. Both have been finalists in the Folk Awards “best newcomer” Horizon category, Rosie in 2016, Cohen this year.
Singers & Musicians Night
17th May 2018
£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.
Lankum
22nd May 2018
£16 in advance / £18 on the door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK, YO24 1AW. Formerly known as Lynched, here is one of the most talked-about Irish groups in decades, combining distinctive vocal harmonies with uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar on a repertoire ranging from classic ballads to music-hall ditties and street-songs, dance tunes and original material. Comprising Ian and Daragh Lynch with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat, they took Best Group and Best Original Track trophies in this year’s BBC Folk Awards. Plus support spot by Paula Ryan. Doors open 7.30pm / Tickets also available through www.seetickets.com and at Earworm Records on Goodramgate and from the venue (evenings).
Hannah James & Claudia Schwab
24th May 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Another Double Headline show, in which award-winning singer and accordion player Hannah (Lady Maisery, Maddy Prior Trio, JigDoll and other projects) is joined by Claudia, an eclectic Austrian-born fiddle player, singer and composer now based in Ireland. We can expect solo sets and some exciting joint numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Ritchie Parrish Ritchie
30th May 2018
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £5
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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.
Canadian powerhouse folk band Tanglefoot were hugely popular in Britain in the first decade of the century, along the way appearing twice at NCEM. Survivors Steve Ritchie (guitar), Rob Ritchie (keyboards) and Al Parrish (bass), with percussionist Beaker Granger, have a sound that echoes the Tanglefoot legacy whilst expanding the envelope. Their music, storytelling and high-spirited presence displays the same blend of enthusiasm, ability and personality that made the earlier band so successful. Whether an original song of Al's, Steve's recollection of a Robert Plant version of a Dylan tune or Rob's incisive humour, all the trademark harmony, chemistry and impact are there. NOTE no support act - RPR on stage at 7.30.
Singers & Musicians Night
31st May 2018
£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 - Day One
1st June 2018
All events free
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
There is a ceilidh in the Marquee with FiddlersWreck and a lively Session hosted by the York Irish Association in the Wolfe Room. Across town, the very popular weekly Songs & Tunes Session takes place at the Three Legged Mare on High Petergate.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day Two
2nd June 2018
All events free
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Acts appearing on the Marquee Stage include The Bronze, Stan Graham, Duncan McFarlane Band, Chechelele, Leather’o, Two Black Sheep & A Stallion, Stillhouse, Graham Hodge, Joshua Burnell (pictured) and the Dan Webster Band. A further 14 acts take part in Wolfe Room concerts, while other events include a lunchtime “Poems & Pints” spoken word session, a rolling folk club singaround and Morris dancing by Ebor Morris. Follow the Folk Weekend link for the full draft programme.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day Three
3rd June 2018
All events free
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The Marquee Stage line-up today includes Phil Cerny, Alterego, The Ale Marys, David Ward Maclean, Soundsphere, Bella Gaffney & Polly Bolton, Union Jill, White Sail, Edwina Hayes and King Courgette (pictured). A further 9 acts take part in Wolfe Room concerts, while other events include workshops on Singing (with Soundsphere) and on Old Time Music (with Polly & Bella). There is a children’s show presented by Toni Bunnell, a showcase concert for members of York Songwriters Circle and another rolling folk club singaround. Follow the Folk Weekend link for the full draft programme.
Singers & Musicians Night
7th June 2018
£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.
Nancy Kerr
14th June 2018
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Long celebrated as a skilled interpreter of traditional music and more recently praised as a composer of startlingly original new folk songs, Nancy was BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2015. Best known for duo (Eliza Carthy, James Fagan) and group work (Melrose Quartet, Sweet Visitor Band), she now embarks on her first entirely solo tour of intimate smaller venues like ours, armed with fiddle, viola and guitar. Not to be missed!
Clive Gregson
21st June 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A happy return for this celebrated guitarist, singer and songwriter whose long career includes Any Trouble, the Richard Thompson band, the sublime Christine Collister duo and work with Eddi Reader, Nanci Griffith et al. Clive continues to write great songs and is always an inspiring live performer so let’s welcome him back to York!
Lucy Ward
28th June 2018
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A former BBC Horizon award winner (and in 2014 the youngest-ever nominee as BBC Folk Singer of the Year), Lucy is a delightful performer whose breath-taking voice enchants audiences everywhere. Her songwriting is expressive and unflinching but with a well-rooted sense of belonging, and her warm personality positively radiates off the stage.
Singers & Musicians Night
5th July 2018
£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.
Vikki Clayton
12th July 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Making her first full-scale British tour since moving to New Zealand a decade ago, Vikki is a great entertainer who was once a regular and popular guest at the Black Swan and many other venues. Celebrated as both a solo artist and for her folk-rock work with Fairport Convention and others, she is a truly superb vocalist with a rich repertoire of originals, covers and traditional English songs. We are delighted to see her back in England.
Pete Morton
19th July 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Pete is one of Britain’s most distinctive songwriters and a skilled interpreter of a diverse range of other songs. We’ve admired his work ever since his debut over thirty years ago: performances which are dynamic and intense yet approachable and amiable, delivering songs that speak of the human condition from a unique perspective. Highly recommended!
Karin Grandal-Park & Karl Robins
26th July 2018
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Cumbria-based Karin worked in jazz and blues for many years before becoming enthralled with folk music, starting to attend folk sessions and beginning to write songs in a modern folk style. Now teamed with Karl Robins, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and writer from Northumberland, she has performed at several of the fantastic Costa Del Folk events and at festivals and clubs across Britain.
Singers & Musicians Night
2nd August 2018
£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.
Edwina Hayes
9th August 2018
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With her international reputation for beautifully written songs, choice covers, charming stage presence and angelic vocals Edwina is a local lass made very good. She has toured with artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Gretchen Peters and Nanci Griffith (who said “the sweetest voice in England”) but her gentle folk-Americana is at its best in an intimate venue like ours
Crookes Folk Club Special
16th August 2018
£5 advance / £6 on the door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Four of our Black Swan resident singers have been invited to perform at the well-established Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield in June. This reciprocal visit brings to York the South Yorkshire trio Dogwood Rose (Michael Richards, Judy Clifford, Kiri Smith: pictured) and soloists Julia Waldron, Paul Pearson and Welsh Geoff. Come along and give them a listen.
The Heathen Kings
23rd August 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Singers & Musicians Night
30th August 2018
£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.
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
6th September 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Billy Mitchell
13th September 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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The Askew Sisters
20th September 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Singers & Musicians Night
27th September 2018
£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.
Sherburn, Bartley & Sanders
4th October 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Jon Boden
8th October 2018
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
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Rachel Newton
11th October 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Jack Rutter
18th October 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Talisk
23rd October 2018
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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.
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Singers & Musicians Night
25th October 2018
£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 Moray
1st November 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Daoiri Farrell
6th November 2018
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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.
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Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
8th November 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Ange Hardy
15th November 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Siobhan Miller
19th November 2018
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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.
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Singers & Musicians Night
22nd November 2018
£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.
Steve Tilston
29th November 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Tim Edey
6th December 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Dave Burland & The Awkward Squad
13th December 2018
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) The Emily Smith Christmas Show
18th December 2018
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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.
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Folk Club Christmas Party
20th December 2018
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York