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.
The Melrose Quartet
16th May 2016
£14 / Concs. £12
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
This band has certainly made waves on the British folk circuit in recent times, and little wonder with its illustrious pedigree. The Melrose Quartet brings together multiple BBC Folk Award winners James Fagan and (Singer of the Year in 2015) Nancy Kerr with seasoned Sheffield musical duo Richard and Jess Arrowsmith. Together they offer a bold take on English songs and tunes both old and new, with many of the latter penned by Nancy or Jess. Glorious four-part harmony singing combines with crunchy twin fiddles, full-bodied melodeon and powerful bouzouki in a performance that leaves imaginations stirred, hearts singing and feet tapping. Support from York’s finest acapella trio Two Black Sheep & A Stallion.
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
26th May 2016
£11 / Concs £10
Winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, Josienne and Ben infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart, while Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day Two
Events Noon - Midnight. In the Marquee/Outdoors - Sarah Dean, Leather'o, Acorn Morris, Duncan McFarlane Band, Chechelele, Melthem, The Bronze, Phil Cerny, Roisin Ban, Moonshine Creek, Union Jill, Paula Ryan and Bramble Napskins. In the Bowes Room - an all-day musicians session. In the Wolfe Room - rolling folk club, followed by afternoon and evening concerts. In the Oak Room - Poetry, storytelling, rolling folk club, singaround.
City of York Folk Weekend 2016 - Day Three
Events Noon - 11pm. In the Marquee/Outdoors - David Ward Maclean, Dan Webster, The Ale Marys, Soundsphere, Union Central, Kaminari Taiko Drummers, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Stan Graham, The A-Rhythmics, Rambler's Gate, The Foresters, Blonde on Bob. In the Bowes Room - another all day musicians session. In the Wolfe Room - singing workshop, children's music workshop, afternoon and evening concerts. In the Oak Room - songwriting workshop, rolling folk club, final singaround.
7th July 2016
£9 / Concs. £8
With powerful harmonies, skilled musicianship and beautiful arrangements, Kate Howden and Paul Jones write all their own material and play, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bodhran. In the seven years since they last visited us, they have worked mostly on the rural touring circuit, developing a friendly mixture of songs, tunes and stories that has non-folk audiences joining in and singing along.
16th September 2016
£15 / On the door £17
THIS EVENT HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. DOORS 7.30PM. Working with indie promoter PleasePleaseYou, we bring this great singer to York’s newest live music venue, following the huge success of his CD Areas of High Traffic with its imaginative reworkings of classic Irish folk songs. Taking time out from his wife Kate Rusby’s band, Damien (guitar, banjo) is joined by Cormac Byrne (percussion), Steven Iveson (guitar) and Anthony Davis (keyboard, bass).