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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

Sharp's Appalachian Harvest with Jeff Davis and Brian Peters
28th May 2015
£10 / Concs. £9
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100 years ago Cecil Sharp toured remote communities in the Appalachian Mountains in search of old folk songs. He discovered new versions of many great ballads as well as songs and tunes of American origin. In this ambitious multi-media show Jeff Davis (USA) and Brian Peters (England) present some of Sharp’s finds, alongside accounts of his journeys, descriptions of the source singers, and some of his evocative photographs.
Singers & Musicians Night
4th June 2015
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
Pre-festival gathering - all singers, players and listeners welcome.
City of York Folk Weekend, Day One
5th June 2015
All events free
Friday night highlights are a Ceilidh in the Marquee with FiddlersWreck and an Irish night in the Wolfe Room hosted by York Irish Association. For full details see the Folk Weekend pages on this website.
City of York Folk Weekend, Day Two
6th June 2015
All events free
Concerts in the Marquee all day and in the Wolfe Room during the evening, plus Rolling Folk Club, Singarounds, Session and Poems & Pints spoken word hour. For full details see the Folk Weekend pages on this website.
City of York Folk Weekend, Day Three
7th June 2015
All events free
Concerts in the Marquee and in the Wolfe Room all day plus session and singarounds. Also Workshops in singing (with Soundsphere), ukulele (with Red Cow Music) and musical saw (with Yorkshire Musical Saws). For full details see the Folk Weekend pages on this website.
Singers & Musicians Night
11th June 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.
Enda Kenny
18th June 2015
£8 / Concs. £7
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Enda is an Irish-born singer / songwriter living in Australia. His thoughtful songs have struck a chord with audiences across the antipodes and increasingly in Britain too and his live shows are always mem-orable and spiced with good humour as we found when he gave us a brief floor spot one night last year. We are delighted that he could take this gig at short notice after previously listed guest David Francey had to cancel for health reasons.
Dana & Susan Robinson
25th June 2015
£11 / Concs. £10
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These guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American rural experience are two of our favourite transatlantic visitors, with their unique blend of original songwriting and old time mountain music. You will switch between laughter and poignant reflection as they capture your imagination for a wonderful musical journey across their homeland.
The Teacups
2nd July 2015
£9 / Concs. £8
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This acapella quartet tackles an ages-old collection of great songs with all the vibrancy and enthusiasm of youth. Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn met on the Newcastle Folk Degree and as students gave us a splendid Young Performer night set in 2012. Now graduates, they continue to sing together superbly, delivering a varied repertoire with much gusto and some very subtle harmony arrangements.
Singers & Musicians Night
9th July 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.
James Findlay
16th July 2015
£8 / Concs. £7
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Another youthful take on traditional English folk. James comes from a family of singers and is a most mature and expressive vocalist as well as a skilled instrumentalist, notably on guitar and fiddle. He has an extensive repertoire and is particularly passionate about songs from his home area of the West Country. “Bloody hell, what a voice” was Jon Boden’s reaction, “he’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality”.
Serious Sam Barrett & David Broad
23rd July 2015
TBA
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Sadly, continuing health issues have obliged Judy Dunlop to cancel her advertised performance tonight. In her place we have a return visit by two of Leeds' finest folk/roots/blues/hillbilly musicians, Sam and David. More details tba soon.
Singers & Musicians Night
30th July 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.
Beggar's Bridge
6th August 2015
£8 / Concs. £7
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This highly rated band from Hull present mostly self-penned songs inspired by people, places and events of the East Riding. Performed with guitars, fiddle, whistle, bass and percussion and introduced with a good helping of earthy humour, it makes for an experience which is musically satisfying, amusing and informative too.
Jess & Richard Arrowsmith
13th August 2015
£9 / Concs. £8
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We expect lively vocals and subtle playing from this Sheffield-based fiddle and melodeon couple (Crucible, Melrose Quartet). Their mix of ballads ancient and modern, laments and lullabies, rousing jigs, stomping Morris tunes and haunting Playford airs should have you laughing, weeping, tapping your feet and joining in the choruses.
Anna Shannon
20th August 2015
£7 / Concs. £6
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Scarborough’s Anna Shannon has forged a national reputation since winning Radio York’s “Song for Yorkshire” contest in 2006. Blessed with a stunning voice, she’s a prolific and versatile songwriter, deeply inspired by the natural and human worlds around her, also a talented multi-instrumentalist and a polished, engaging performer.
Singers & Musicians Night
27th August 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
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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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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Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as one half of multi-award winning duo Show Of Hands. A top flight fiddler in particular, he also plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there - he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. PLEASE NOTE the concert starts at 8pm, and there is 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
TBA
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Details tba
Stephen Fearing
15th October 2015
TBA
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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.
The Carrivick Sisters
29th October 2015
TBA
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Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
5th November 2015
TBA
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Details tba
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
TBA
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Clive says "I'm touring with Liz Simcock in November 2015. We're going to revisit the Gregson & Collister catalogue. Liz is absolutely terrific and I'm really looking forward to the shows. Support from UNION JILL. More details tba.
Maria Dunn
19th November 2015
TBA
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On tour from Canada. Details tba.
(NCEM Concert) Blazin' Fiddles
23rd November 2015
TBA
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Details tba
Jim Boyes with Belinda O'Hooley - Sensations of a Wound
26th November 2015
TBA
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Details tba
(Wednesday Extra) Dick Gaughan
2nd December 2015
TBA
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First of two nights. Details tba.
Dick Gaughan
3rd December 2015
TBA
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Second of two nights. Details tba.
Harp and a Monkey
10th December 2015
TBA
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Christmas Party
17th December 2015
Free entry
The Magical Christmas Tree
20th December 2015
TBA
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A Seasonal Sunday Special with Pete Morton, Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson
Club Closed
24th December 2015
Club Closed
31st December 2015