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.
10th December 2015
£11 / Concs. £10
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
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.
The Magical Christmas Tree
20th December 2015
£11 / Concs. £10
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.