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

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
26th March 2020
£12 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
English singer and songwriter Maz O’Connor has been described by The Guardian as ‘one of folk’s brightest young talents’. Though she grew up in the wild Lake District of the Romantic Poets, her roots are in Ireland, and these shine through her music. She spent her teenage years singing in folk clubs, studied literature at Cambridge and has since settled in East London: these diverse influences work together to make Maz’s songwriting something unique. After the release of her acclaimed album ‘The Longing Kind’ in 2016, Maz has been writing and collaborating extensively, as well as touring the U.K. and Europe, opening for such acts as David Gray, Thomas Dybdahl and Rosanne Cash. 'Maz O'Connor's ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice ****' (Q Magazine) 'There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here…she plays and sings beautifully *****' (Songlines) 'The perfect mix of youthfulness and gravitas ****' (The Guardian)
Ramshackle and Soundsphere
2nd April 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
THE PAPERBOYS at the Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW
5th April 2020
£13.75 inc booking fee
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
An astonishingly eclectic folk-rock quintet from Canada. 'The Paperboys know how to grab melody hooks with fast and flashy banjo and whistles pacing the jigs and reels' - Dirty Linen.'The most exuberant band I've heard in ages. Breathtaking' - Folk Roots. Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. The Paperboys have a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Son) but are by no means Traditional. They rock and are extremely danceable, but also mellow,slow and beautiful, heart breaking and joyous. They're never dark or angst ridden and always full of hope.
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Singers and Musicians
9th April 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
ELIZA CARTHY Restitute Live at the Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW.
10th April 2020
£22.50 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Eliza Carthy MBE should by now need no introduction. A multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician from a formidable English music dynasty. Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza Carthy herself is one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival. Her first “solo” album of traditional music in 14 years, Restitute is literally a homely affair, recorded as it was at Eliza’s home in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. The band for the Restitute tour comprises Eliza Carthy, Ben Seal, Ben Somers, Willy Molleson and David Delarre – with support slot and special guest appearance from Saul Rose. In addition to the Restitute material, the band will perform songs from brand new recordings of original songs by Eliza Carthy & Ben Seal – taken from their forthcoming album Northern Glowerhouse presents Through that Sound my Secret was Made Known.
Brooks Williams
16th April 2020
£12advance (students half price limited number)
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
At the crossroads of blues and American roots music you’ll find Brooks Williams. “Setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues,” says Blues In Britain, and creating a “beautiful fusion” (Keys And Chords). Just when you think he can’t sing a blues-ier note, he sings it. Just when you think he can’t strum a deeper groove, he strums it.
(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
Other Roads
30th April 2020
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Other Roads are one of the finest contemporary folk bands to emerge in recent years. Based in the UK, they also tour regularly in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark Spain and New Zealand and continue to gain popularity in new countries across the globe. Pete Abbott, Gregor Borland, and Dave Walmisley draw upon their diverse backgrounds in Scotland, England and Africa to create an exciting and original sound. Other Roads perform an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original compositions, ranging from soft lilting ballads to foot-stomping Celtic fiddle tunes and choruses. With expert musicianship, infectious enthusiasm and a touch of humour, their concerts are memorable occasions.
GRACE PETRIE at The Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW
18th May 2020
£14
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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
Chris Cleverley
25th June 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Sadie and Jay (Australia)
30th July 2020
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Australian duo Sadie & Jay perform exquisitely crafted original songs with origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition traveling through contemporary Australian folk and roots. Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk music. With Welsh heritage, Sadie's love for singing is instinctive. Together they play beautiful songs with exceptional vocals, glorious harmonies, intricate finger style guitar and double bass. Sadie & Jay have received national & international recognition for their songwriting with touring highlights across Australia, NZ & the UK. On their third and most extensive UK tour, you can expect to hear songs from their latest release 'A Passing of Seasons,' a work of Australian contemporary art bursting with colour, texture and spirited characters!
John And Di Cullen
6th August 2020
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Ramshackle and Broadband
13th August 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Kenny Speirs
20th August 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
DREVER, McCUSKER, WOOMBLE at The Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW
24th August 2020
£17.60 inc booking fee
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
As the old adage goes, if you want something done, ask someone busy. And if you want to hear some of the freshest, savviest, sweetest and most original songwriting around, look no further than three of the busiest musicians in Scotland, now in cahoots as a trio: Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble. With their respectively distinguished pedigrees ranging freely across the folk and rock spectrum – and overlapping via several previous projects – each brings a wealth of diverse experience to the table, in a collaboration impelled primarily by that most magical of musical catalysts: pure enthusiasm.
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Singers and Musicians
27th August 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Anthony John Clarke
10th September 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Christine Collister and Michael Fix
18th September 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis
8th October 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Sam Carter
22nd October 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Charlie Dore and Julian Litmann
19th November 2020
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York