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

Wizz Jones
27th July 2017
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This pioneer of the British folk scene may be in his late 70s but happily for us shows no inclination to retire just yet. A hugely gifted and influential acoustic guitarist, cited by Eric Clapton, Ralph McTell and Keith Richards amongst others, Wizz is also a fine singer and a delightfully modest performer with a wide repertoire of modern songs, blues and originals. This will be a real summer season highlight.
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd August 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.
Joshua Burnell
10th August 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A very talented young York-based musician, Joshua will be joined tonight by Irish harp and melodeon player Catriona Cannon and singer Frances Sladen to focus on a selection of traditional numbers from his ambitious Seasons project, which sees the release of a brand new folk song or instrumental recording each week for an entire year.
Alice Jones
17th August 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Hailing from Ripponden in West Yorkshire and a protégé of Pete and Sue Coe and the Ryburn 3 Step project, Alice sings mostly traditional songs accompanied with piano or harmonium, her distinctive voice and innovative style lending a fresh and modern perspective to the material and bringing new life to old songs. She is a welcome debut visitor.
The Trials of Cato
24th August 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
We were one of many clubs to be impressed by this young trio when they toured around open mics and singers nights last winter and we happily invited them back for a paid booking. Robin, Will and Tomos play mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki and guitar and sing mostly original songs with driving rhythms and rousing vocal harmonies.
Singers & Musicians Night
31st August 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.
Eileen McGann
7th September 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Vancouver-based Eileen is regarded as one of North America's finest contemporary folk songwriters, as well as an outstanding singer of traditional songs from Ireland (where she has her family roots), Scotland, England and Canada. She is celebrated for her beautiful voice, compelling guitar style and vibrant stage presence.
Enda Kenny
14th September 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This Irish-born singer-songwriter has lived in Australia since the 1980's. His thoughtful, descriptive story songs about his adoptive homeland have struck a chord with audiences all over Australia and beyond, always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour, and he is a thoroughly entertaining stage performer, as we found in 2015 when he stood in for another indisposed singer at our club.
Tom McConville & Andy Watt
21st September 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
28th September 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.
Sarah Jane Scouten
5th October 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
(NCEM Concert) EDGELARKS - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
10th October 2017
All tickets £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.
Edgelarks is the new name for slide guitarist Phillip Henry and fiddle-singer Hannah Martin. They met in 2009, instantly recognised a powerful musical connection and have performed together ever since. Spotted busking by Steve Knightley, they were invited to accompany Show Of Hands on a breakthrough tour, culminating at the Royal Albert Hall. Subsequently voted Best Duo at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards (and nominated again in 2016), they have released several acclaimed albums and now change their stage name to match latest project Edgelarks. The alchemy of Hannah's evocative songwriting and fiddle and banjo playing and Henry’s much extolled skills on dobro, lap-steel and harmonica creates a wholly distinctive sound - songs of lament, tunes of hope, music burgeoning with ideas and imagery. PLUS SUPPORT The Little Unsaid
Maria Dunn
12th October 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Pete Coe
19th October 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Film - "The Ballad of Shirley Collins"
22nd October 2017
£7 / Concessions £5 - Booking opens later this summer
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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 4PM screening of the new documentary feature film about folk legend Shirley Collins. Partly inspired by her beguiling autobiography America Over the Water, the film retells the tale of her famous song-collecting trip around the Deep South of America with legendary field-recordist Alan Lomax. This story is blended with a celebration of Shirley's major role in the English folk revival of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The film will be preceded by a short (15 minute) set of folk songs sung by York favourites Two Black Sheep & A Stallion.
(NCEM Concert) Bella Hardy
24th October 2017
£17 / Concessions £15
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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.
This York St John graduate first come to prominence as a teenage fiddle player before developing into a great vocalist and increasingly accomplished songwriter. After being named BBC Folk Singer of the Year in 2014 she issued the widely praised album With The Dawn and follows that up this autumn with brand new release Hey Sammy. In the interim she has had extended stays in China and in America, toured widely with Mary Chapin Carpenter and represented Britain at Womex, all the while with fiddles and notebooks to hand to work on new songs. Showcasing that new material, together with a selection from her rich back-catalogue, Bella is joined tonight by Thomas Gibbs at the NCEM’s concert grand piano and a yet-to-be-named guitarist. Plus a support act set from Joshua Burnell.
Singers & Musicians Night
26th October 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
Martyn Wyndham-Read
2nd November 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson
6th November 2017
£18 / Concessions £16
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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.
Tonight this renowned guitarist and singer presents material from brand new album Trails & Tribulations, which he calls “a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say”. The record features some of Martin’s most inventive playing yet, displaying his virtuosity on acoustic, electric, resonator and lap-steel guitars, together with banjo and ukulele. Consistently named one of the finest folk guitarists in the world, he is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art. NOTE - no support act.
James Keelaghan
9th November 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Dana & Susan Robinson
16th November 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Lady Maisery
20th November 2017
£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.
In an English folk scene presently bursting with bold and innovative music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shines brightly. With their distinctive harmony singing – sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating - and their thoughtful arrangements of both traditional and original songs, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans have earned a thoroughly justified reputation. Whether unearthing the feminist twist hidden in an old folk song, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, demonstrating multi-instrumental talents on accordion, harp, concertina, fiddle, banjo and more, or reviving the lost art (in England) of mouth music or “diddling”, they are supremely skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song. Plus an opening set by women's vocal trio Yan Tan Tether.
Singers & Musicians Night
23rd November 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
Peggy Seeger and Family - "The First Time Ever" Tour
27th November 2017
All tickets £18
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Coinciding with the publication of her memoir and accompanying CD, this concert features singer songwriter and feminist icon Peggy and family members performing her and Ewan MacColl’s most treasured songs from a career spanning over 60 years, interspersed with readings from the memoir. At 82 Peggy is the undisputed queen of folk and political song with a charisma that shines as brightly as ever. She has always had the ability to take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a few songs. Her memoir achieves the same in just a few paragraphs. Put the two together and it’s guaranteed to be a memorable night. PROMOTED JOINTLY BY PLEASE PLEASE YOU AND THE FOLK CLUB.
Georgia Lewis & Friends
30th November 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Harp And A Monkey
7th December 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Real Time
14th December 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets
18th December 2017
£15 / Concessions £13
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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.
Taking its title from a song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, this show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, and you have the recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. NOTE - no support act.
Christmas Party
21st December 2017
Free entry
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Club Closed
28th December 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Guest TBA
4th January 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Anthony John Clarke
11th January 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Singers & Musicians Night
18th January 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.
Tom Lewis
25th January 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Clive Carroll
1st February 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Paul Downes
8th February 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Martin & Eliza Carthy
13th February 2018
TBA - Booking opens late summer 2017
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
For over 50 years Martin has been one of folk music's best loved, most enthusiastic, innovative and, at times, quietly controversial figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him countless admirers, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon onwards, and his trailblazing musical partners have included Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife, Norma Waterson. Their daughter Eliza is likewise one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her own generation, twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades. More than most, she has revitalised English folk and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances. Father and daughter together will be pure magic!