Black Swan Folk Club

Club Programme

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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

(NCEM Concert) Bella Hardy - Hey Sammy Album Launch Tour
24th October 2017
£17 / Concessions £15
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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.
This York St John graduate first come to prominence as a teenage fiddle player before developing into a great vocalist and increasingly accomplished songwriter. After being named BBC Folk Singer of the Year in 2014 she issued the widely praised album With The Dawn and follows that up this autumn with brand new release Hey Sammy. In the interim she has had extended stays in China and in America, toured widely with Mary Chapin Carpenter and represented Britain at Womex, all the while with fiddles and notebooks to hand to work on new songs. Showcasing that new material, together with a selection from her rich back-catalogue, Bella is joined tonight by Thomas Gibbs at the NCEM’s concert grand piano and the redoubtable Anna Massie on guitar. Plus a support act set from JOSHUA BURNELL.
Singers & Musicians Night
26th October 2017
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Martyn Wyndham-Read
2nd November 2017
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Here is a favourite performer on the English folk scene, with a career now spanning 50 years. An exceptionally fine singer and a deceptively modest guitar accompanist, Martyn mixes traditional folk ballads with songs learned in Australia, where he spent several formative years in his youth. He is also a champion of contemporary songwriting, including the work of our own Stan Graham.
(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
6th November 2017
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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.
Tonight this renowned guitarist and singer presents material from brand new album Trails & Tribulations, which he calls “a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say”. The record features some of Martin’s most inventive playing yet, displaying his virtuosity on acoustic, electric, resonator and lap-steel guitars, together with banjo and ukulele. Consistently named one of the finest folk guitarists in the world, he is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art. NOTE - no support act.
James Keelaghan
9th November 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our Canadian strand continues with another of that country’s foremost folk songwriters and touring musicians. James draws on real people, places and events to compose songs described as “poetic, layered tales (which) are richly rewarding and utterly compelling”. PLEASE NOTE James' eighth visit to York will now be a solo performance as his advertised accompanist Hugh McMillan has had to withdraw due to ill-health.
Dana & Susan Robinson
16th November 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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 song-writing and old time mountain music. Dana and Susan’s musical journey across America never fails to capture the audience’s imagination and listeners switch between humour and poignant reflection as the route unfolds.
(NCEM Concert) Lady Maisery
20th November 2017
£16 / Concessions £14
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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.
In an English folk scene presently bursting with bold and innovative music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shines brightly. With their distinctive harmony singing – sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating - and their thoughtful arrangements of both traditional and original songs, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans have earned a thoroughly justified reputation. Whether unearthing the feminist twist hidden in an old folk song, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, demonstrating multi-instrumental talents on accordion, harp, concertina, fiddle, banjo and more, or reviving the lost art (in England) of mouth music or “diddling”, they are supremely skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song. Plus an opening set by women's vocal trio YAN TAN TETHER.
Singers & Musicians Night
23rd November 2017
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Peggy Seeger and Family - "The First Time Ever" Tour
27th November 2017
Tickets £18 from WeGotTickets or from venue (evenings) / £20 on door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. Coinciding with the publication of her memoir and accompanying CD, this concert features singer songwriter and feminist icon Peggy and family members performing her and Ewan MacColl’s most treasured songs from a career spanning over 60 years, interspersed with readings from the memoir. At 82 Peggy is the undisputed queen of folk and political song with a charisma that shines as brightly as ever. She has always had the ability to take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a few songs. Her memoir achieves the same in just a few paragraphs. Put the two together and it’s guaranteed to be a memorable night. PROMOTED JOINTLY BY PLEASE PLEASE YOU AND THE FOLK CLUB.
Georgia Lewis & Friends
30th November 2017
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Georgia is our only debut guest this season and rather special she is. Excellent appearances at several festivals this summer only confirmed the highly favourable impression she first made last year. A top class singer and gifted stage performer, she mixes original songs with great traditional covers, plays the accordion and is superbly accompanied by Rowan Piggott on fiddle and Felix Miller on guitars.
Harp And A Monkey
7th December 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With instruments including guitar, banjo, melodica, harp and glockenspiel, electro-folk storytellers Martin Purdy, Simon Jones and Andy Smith were a hit on their first visit here. A deep Lancashire sensibility shines through their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life. Tonight’s show will feature songs from their War Stories project of new material and re-worked traditional songs relating to the Great War.
Real Time
14th December 2017
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our pre-Xmas special brings back some of our favourite musicians from the Scottish Borders. Real Time comprise singer-guitarist Kenny Speirs and keyboardist Tom Roseburgh (both ex John Wright Band) with Carly Blain on fiddle and Eilidh Grant on vocals. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the border, alongside choice contemporary material and a growing number of impressive originals.
(NCEM Concert) John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets
18th December 2017
£15 / Concessions £13
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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.
Taking its title from a song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, this show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, and you have the recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. NOTE - no support act.
Christmas Party
21st December 2017
Free entry
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our annual seasonal party night - open to all singers, players and listeners. Free entry - with a bring-and-share supper and a grand raffle.
Club Closed
28th December 2017
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Chris While & Julie Matthews
4th January 2018
£13 in advance / £15 on door, space permitting
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Let’s get 2018 under way in real style! We are delighted that Chris and Julie, more usually found in concert halls and on festival stages, have agreed to do an intimate small venue club show for us. Two of England’s finest songwriters and singers, they surely need no further introduction. Early booking advised!
Anthony John Clarke
11th January 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
18th January 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Tom Lewis
25th January 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
York's Winter Folk Day
28th January 2018
Free to YorkCard holders
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Afternoon and evening concerts at the Black Swan Inn for the annual York Residents Festival. Details tba.
Clive Carroll
1st February 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Paul Downes
8th February 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
(NCEM Concert) Martin & Eliza Carthy
13th February 2018
£20 / Concessions £18
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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.
For over 50 years Martin has been one of folk music's best loved, most enthusiastic, innovative and, at times, quietly controversial figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him countless admirers, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon onwards, and his trailblazing musical partners have included Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife, Norma Waterson. Their daughter Eliza is likewise one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her own generation, twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades. More than most, she has revitalised English folk and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances. Father and daughter together will be pure magic!
Singers & Musicians Night
15th February 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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
22nd February 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
(NCEM Concert) The Ennis Sisters PLUS Dave Gunning
27th February 2018
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
A Double Bill of top Canadian folk artists. Details tba.
Pilgrims' Way
1st March 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Broom Bezzums
8th March 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
(NCEM Concert) Alistair Anderson & Northlands
14th March 2018
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
15th March 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
New Roots Double Bill: Finn Collinson and Clarke Camilleri
22nd March 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our annual Young Performer showcase. Details tba.
(NCEM Concert) Barluath
27th March 2018
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
The mighty young Scottish folk band returns. Details tba.
Folk Club 40th Birthday Party
29th March 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Celebrating 40 years of folk music at the Black Swan Inn, with club founder PAUL BUCKLEY and others. Details tba.
Roisin Ban
5th April 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Rachel Dawick
12th April 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
19th April 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Andy Irvine
26th April 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Kitty Macfarlane
3rd May 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink
6th May 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. Brooks' & Hans' Steady Rollin' Blues Tour - details tba
Rosie Hood & Ollie King
10th May 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Singers & Musicians Night
17th May 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Lankum
22nd May 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
NOTE - THIS CONCERT IS HELD AT THE CRESCENT, OFF BLOSSOM STREET, YORK. The great Irish band formerly known as Lynched. Details tba.
Hannah James & Claudia Schwab
24th May 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
(NCEM Concert) Ritchie Parrish Ritchie
30th May 2018
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Former members of Tanglefoot, on tour from Canada. Details tba.
Singers & Musicians Night
31st May 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day One
1st June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day Two
2nd June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
City of York Folk Weekend - Day Three
3rd June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
Singers & Musicians Night
7th June 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Nancy Kerr
14th June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
Clive Gregson
21st June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
Lucy Ward
28th June 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba.
Singers & Musicians Night
5th July 2018
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.