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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

Debby McClatchy
3rd September 2015
£9 / Concs. £8
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With full retirement beckoning, this will be Debby’s final visit to our club. She has been a favourite American guest here for the last 30 years, a great entertainer with a rich store of songs both self-penned and US traditional, as well as old time banjo tunes and engaging stories. She has never failed to charm us, so let’s give her a huge farewell.
Dave Burland
10th September 2015
£10 / Concs. £9
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Who better for our 2,000th recorded event? Fans of this folk legend include June Tabor, Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson and Nic Jones, who says he is “a uniquely calm, gentle and clever singer who makes you feel it’s so amazingly simple.” Underpinned by seemingly effortless guitar playing and presented with a deliciously playful sense of humour, Dave’s comparatively rare public performances are truly to be savoured.
The Dovetail Trio
17th September 2015
£8 / Concs. £7
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Here is a new band which combines the distinctive voices and instrumental prowess (mostly guitar and squeezeboxes) of Jamie Roberts (previously seen here with Kat Gilmore), Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. They present mainly English traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, displaying infectious energy, passion and creativity.
Singers & Musicians Night
24th September 2015
£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
25th September 2015
£15 / Concs. £13
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Phil is one of our greatest ambassadors for British acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is best known as one half of multi-award winning duo Show Of Hands. A top flight fiddler in particular, he also performs in the all-star line-up Feast of Fiddles. He plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro as well, not to mention contributing rich vocals and a store of engaging anecdotes. In a career spanning over forty years, Phil has worked with artists as diverse as Mike Oldfield, Steve Harley, The Rolling Stones and the Albion Band, and continues to develop solo shows and other projects alongside his ongoing work with Steve Knightley. PLEASE NOTE 8pm start and no support act.
Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier
1st October 2015
£10 / Concs. £9
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A true hero of ours, Chris Sherburn is renowned for his virtuoso Anglo-concertina work and wickedly sharp wit. He now teams up with Scottish singer and guitarist Findlay Napier in a hot new duo. Both are both fluid tunesmiths, easy with an audience and generous with the craic, so we expect a great evening’s entertainment.
Harpeth Rising
8th October 2015
£10 / Concs. £9
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These unapologetic genre-benders from Kentucky weave together ancient and modern musical ideas drawn from folk, bluegrass, rock and classical, producing a unique and exciting sound which has won them many UK fans already. Jordana, Rebecca and Maria play violin, banjo and cello respectively, with expansive three part vocal harmonies and deftly lyrical original songs. A very welcome York debut.
Stephen Fearing
15th October 2015
£10 / Concs. £9
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A second visit by one of Canada's most respected acoustic musicians, a travelling troubadour since the late ‘80s, with nine solo albums to his credit. Stephen writes literate, stirring and emotionally charged songs and is a stunning guitar player with a smooth, intimate and powerful singing voice. In short, a mighty performer and a major talent.
(NCEM Concert) Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick
19th October 2015
£17 / Concs. £15
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
This remarkable pairing first came together in 1966 and together or apart they have been an integral part of British folk music ever since. These days Martin and Swarb combine the innovative fervour of their early days with the maturity and depth of understanding which comes from a lifetime spent in the company of traditional music. Along the way have been bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, Whippersnapper and Waterson:Carthy, amongst dozens of other projects which have entertained and inspired generations of listeners and players. Enjoy an evening of hot instrumentals and subtly sung and accompanied classic songs from two absolute masters of the art. 7.30 start. SUPPORT ACT - American folk songs from Phil Cerny.
Singers & Musicians Night
22nd October 2015
£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.
Simone Felice
25th October 2015
£15 advance / £17 on the door
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In association with Please Please You we present a Sunday Special with this celebrated American songwriter, poet and novelist. Born and still based in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and first coming to musical prominence with his siblings in The Felice Brothers, Simone has been called "one of the great songwriter-poets of his generation", while The Guardian's critic said "each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance." Simone's last York show sold out in a much bigger room, so don't hang about if you would like to witness this very special event. Tickets are available at The Inkwell on Gillygate or online (subject to £1.50 booking fee). NOTE Doors open 7.30pm, music from 8.00pm.
The Carrivick Sisters
29th October 2015
£9 / Concs. £8
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The music of these young twins from Devon is rooted in bluegrass and country but with a distinctive English folk twist. As we know from two previous visits, they are exemplary musicians, performing mostly original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro and clawhammer banjo, with those tight vocal harmonies that only siblings can achieve, and a delightful stage manner besides.
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
5th November 2015
£11 / Concs. £10
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Scottish players Mairearad (Poozies) on accordion and bagpipes and Anna (Blazin’ Fiddles, Bella Hardy Band) on guitar, banjo and fiddle make up a captivating duo, their high energy performances displaying an almost telepathic interplay and tempered by a warm and friendly stage presence. This tour launches their latest CD, the first to feature songs alongside virtuoso instrumental numbers.
Singers & Musicians Night
12th November 2015
£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
13th November 2015
£14 / Concs. £12
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
First coming to notice c1980 with pop band Any Trouble, Clive Gregson went on to form a ground-breaking partnership with singer Christine Collister that Rolling Stone called "the state of the art in British folk-rock". Between 1985 and 1992 they released five acclaimed albums and toured worldwide. Her distinctive voice allied to his songs and his instrumental and production skills created something truly special. Thirty years down the road, Clive now revisits the classic Gregson & Collister repertoire, having found the perfect vocal foil in Liz Simcock, herself an established singer-songwriter. “I’m looking forward to performing some songs that I haven't played for a very long time” he says. Music from 7.30 pm. Support from contemporary folk duo UNION JILL
Maria Dunn
19th November 2015
£8 / Concs. £7
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A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, this Canadian storyteller-through-song is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her social awareness and her unvarnished compositions about ordinary people, in which she melds American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage. This is Maria’s York debut, but her reputation comes before her.
(NCEM Concert) Blazin' Fiddles
23rd November 2015
£16 / Concs. £14
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Take a group of the hottest fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands, mix in sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements, and you’ve got the multi-award winning Blazin’ Fiddles. Over the last fifteen years no other band has quite so well captured the excitement, passion and sensitivity of modern Scottish instrumental music. Enjoy the regional expressions and individual styles of each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Their fiddles and bows come alight atop the subtle guitar of Anna Massie and Angus Lyon’s deft keyboard, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all. Support from Stan Graham, whose latest CD was produced by Angus Lyon. Music from 7.30pm.
Jim Boyes with Belinda O'Hooley - Sensations of a Wound
26th November 2015
£12 / Concs. £11
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Written and sung by Jim Boyes from the acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes & Simpson and with Belinda’s subtle, innovative piano arrangements, Sensations Of A Wound recounts the experiences of a young Yorkshire soldier, Jim’s grandfather, caught up in the enormity of the Great War. Presented as a vivid sequence of songs, words and projected images, this is a compelling and poignant special show.
(Wednesday Extra) Dick Gaughan
2nd December 2015
£12 / Concs. £11
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Alternate Decembers would not be complete without a visit by Scotland’s foremost solo folk singer. After 40 years on the road, Dick remains at the top of his game, with a repertoire of traditional songs, originals and modern covers which all reflect his passionately socialist and humanitarian outlook. As usual, we are putting on this extra Wednesday show. Full houses are very likely, so do book early!
Dick Gaughan
3rd December 2015
£12 / Concs. £11
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Alternate Decembers would not be complete without a visit by Scotland’s foremost solo folk singer. After 40 years on the road, Dick remains at the top of his game, with a repertoire of traditional songs, originals and modern covers which all reflect his passionately socialist and humanitarian outlook. As usual, we are putting on two performances: tonight (Thursday) and an extra Wednesday show on 2nd December. Full houses are very likely, so do book early!
Harp and a Monkey
10th December 2015
£11 / Concs. £10
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Experimental electro-folk storytellers Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboard), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar, programming) are imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their finely crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. I was greatly impressed at last year’s Homegrown Festival and quickly offered them a York debut booking. Do check them out!
Shooglenifty IN CONCERT AT THE CRESCENT WMC
13th December 2015
£15 advance / £17.50 on door
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Once again working alongside local promoter Please Please You, we are delighted to bring this high energy Scottish band to York in its 25th anniversary year. Shooglenifty’s sound springs from traditional Scottish dance music with fiddle, mandolin and banjo prominent, but it is energised by the beats and bass line of something altogether more contemporary. Theirs is not a sit-down kind of music, it’s a join-in, and get-on-your feet kind of vibe, hence we are staging this show at new-to-us (but well regarded) local venue The Crescent WMC, off Blossom Street. Attempts to describe this almost uncatagorisable band include: ‘dub-diddly',‘hypno-folkadelic-ambient-trad’ and ‘acid-croft’. Whatever it is, it has endured, evolved and, above all, entertained for quarter of a century. Shooglenifty are certainly most at home playing live, so check this one out. Tickets are on sale online (with £1.50 booking fee) or over the counter at The Inkwell on Gillygate and Jumbo Records in Leeds. NOTE doors open 7.30, music from 8.00.
Christmas Party
17th December 2015
Free entry
Singers Night format, with some performers choosing a seasonal number or something outside their usual repertoire. Bring-and-share buffet supper in the extended interval.
The Magical Christmas Tree
20th December 2015
£11 / Concs. £10
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Our festive special brings back a show greatly enjoyed here four years ago. Pete Morton, Chris Parkinson and our old friend Emily Sanders (who took over from much-missed Maggie Boyle during her final illness) deliver a richly textured collection of songs, carols and instrumentals, and have a great time doing it! The audience makes up the set list by picking song scrolls from the magical tree and so each night is a unique occasion: quirky, merry, even slightly manic, but all good fun, sure to set us up for the Christmas break. NOTE doors open 7.15, music from 7.45.
Club Closed
24th December 2015
Club Closed
31st December 2015
Guest act TBA
7th January 2016
Guest act TBA
14th January 2016
Guest act TBA
21st January 2016
Singers & Musicians Night
28th January 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
The East Pointers
4th February 2016
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Tony McManus
11th February 2016
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NEW ROOTS DOUBLE BILL - Saul Bailey PLUS Hannah Cumming
18th February 2016
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Singers & Musicians Night
25th February 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
The James Brothers
3rd March 2016
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Ewan McLennan
10th March 2016
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(NCEM Concert) Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party
16th March 2016
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
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Singers & Musicians Night
17th March 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
Guest act TBA
24th March 2016
Bernard Wrigley
31st March 2016
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Winter Wilson
7th April 2016
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Singers & Musicians Night
14th April 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
(NCEM Concert) The Young 'Uns
15th April 2016
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
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Sam Carter
21st April 2016
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Guest act TBA
28th April 2016
Dan McKinnon
5th May 2016
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Singers & Musicians Night
12th May 2016
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
(NCEM Concert) The Melrose Quartet
16th May 2016
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
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Kyle Carey
19th May 2016
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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
26th May 2016
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