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Club Programme

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!

Our price structure is changing from 13th February 2014. From that date, 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 from 13th February 2014 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.

All concerts Club guests Special Events Singers Nights
26 November
(NCEM Concert) Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band
£15 / Concs. £13
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Singer and violinist Nancy Kerr presents songs from her much anticipated solo debut, Sweet Visitor. Well established as a leading interpreter of traditional material (with such as Eliza Carthy, The Full English and The Melrose Quartet), Nancy has recently emerged as a new song writer of rare style, using folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives about love and conflict, migration, hardship and jubilation, and the tensions between rural and urban life. Joining her on stage is husband James Fagan, with whom she has twice won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, together with Tom Wright (Albion Band, Park Bench Social Club), Tim Yates (Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Albion Band) and Rowan Rheingans (Lady Maisery).
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
27 November
Singers & Musicians Night
£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.
3 December
(Wednesday Extra) Martin Carthy This concert is now SOLDOUT.
£12 all
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WEDNESDAY EXTRA. The doyen of English folk singers, Martin remains intensely active in his sixth decade as a performer – with daughter Eliza, with Dave Swarbrick, with Brass Monkey and in many other projects. Enjoy him tonight at his solo best, in the intimate folk club setting which he has championed throughout his long and illustrious career.
4 December
Martin Carthy This concert is now SOLDOUT.
£12 all
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The doyen of English folk singers, Martin remains intensely active in his sixth decade as a performer – with daughter Eliza, with Dave Swarbrick, with Brass Monkey and in many other projects. Enjoy him tonight at his solo best, in the intimate folk club setting which he has championed throughout his long and illustrious career.
8 December
(Monday Extra) The Churchfitters
£11 / Concs. £10
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Due to exceptional demand, we have added a SECOND NIGHT with this great Anglo-French band. Now in slimmed down trio format of siblings Rosie and Chris Short and Brittany’s Boris Lebret, the Churchfitters are a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, quite simply one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we have ever hosted. We aim to have something extra special for you on our final guest nights of each year – and this lot certainly fit that bill!
11 December
The Churchfitters This concert is now SOLDOUT.
£11 / Concs. £10
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This performance is now Sold Out, but we have added a second performance on Monday 8th December.
17 December
(NCEM Concert) A Medieval Christmas
£12 / Concs. £10 / Children £5
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Following their very enjoyable Victorian Christmas show here in 2012, the acclaimed historical entertainment troupe Blast From The Past (Sophie Matthews, Chris Green and Steph West) now delves much further back in time. This celebration of Yuletide Past features medieval festive songs played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, as well as costumed stories and dramas. It promises a light-hearted evening sure to warm the hearts of young and old alike by recapturing the simple Christmas pleasures of music and song, tales, mirth and fellowship.
18 December
Christmas Party
Free
Details tba
25 December
Club Closed
Happy Christmas Everyone
1 January
Club Closed
8 January
Kieran Halpin
£10 / Concs. £9
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As one of our perennial favourites, Kieran is an ideal choice to start the new year: an exceptional songwriter, widely covered by other artists, and a dynamic performer, his skills honed by 35 years on the road across Europe and beyond. Powerful, passionate, intimate and intense, Kieran lives every song on stage. BOOKING OPENS EARLY SEPTEMBER
15 January
Flossie Malavialle
£10 / Concs. £9
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A welcome return by this lyrical and extrovert French-born singer based in Britain. Flossie sings beautifully across an eclectic mix of songs – from Brel and Piaf through jazz standards to the work of modern folk and rock writers like Colum Sands or Bonnie Raitt. What is more, she has a delightfully wicked sense of stage fun! BOOKING OPENS EARLY SEPTEMBER
22 January
Singers & Musicians Night
£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.
29 January
Allan Taylor
£10 / Concs. £9
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One of the last of the travelling troubadours of the 1960s, Allan ranks amongst our most literate and accomplished acoustic songsmiths. His compositions are faultlessly constructed and flawlessly performed, his smooth, dark voice is instantly recognisable and his guitar playing is intricate yet full-sounding. A night to savour! BOOKING OPENS EARLY SEPTEMBER
1 February
Winter Folk Day at the Black Swan Inn
Free to York Card holders
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We present afternoon (2-5.30) and evening (7.30-10.30)concerts for the annual York Residents Festival, with some of our best club singers and other local folk artists. Line-ups to be announced shortly.
5 February
New Roots Double Bill: KELLY OLIVER plus PROJECT JAM SANDWICH
£8 / Concs. £7
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Our annual showcase for up-and-coming young acts. Kelly is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Hertfordshire who is particularly influenced by traditional Irish music, while Project Jam Sandwich is an amazing five piece from Manchester’s RNCM playing world music “from Bulgaria to S Africa to Scotland” and concocting “a captivating set of exhilarating improvisations, scorching rhythms and beautiful melodies”. BOOKING OPENS IN SEPTEMBER
12 February
The Patsy Reid Band
£12 / Concs. £11
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This wonderful Scottish fiddle player and singer (ex-Breabach) is bringing her own band (trio or quartet TBC) to our small club venue. We are so privileged – BOOKING OPENS IN SEPTEMBER
19 February
Singers & Musicians Night
£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.
26 February
Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland
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Details tba
5 March
Singers & Musicians Night
£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
12 March
The Gren Bartley Band
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Details tba
19 March
Roger Davies
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24 March
(NCEM Concert) The Poozies
£16 / Concs. £14 BOOKING NOW OPEN
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This all-female band has long delighted audiences with a unique brand of folk-based music. First formed in 1990 and with past members including Kate Rusby and Karen Tweed, The Poozies were pioneers from the word go, creating unusual and exciting genre-crossing arrangements. Founder member Sally Barker won TV celebrity status last year as a popular finalist on BBC’s The Voice but turned down a major label record deal to continue working with fellow Poozies Mary Macmaster, Eilidh Shaw and Mairearad Green. With rhythmic, punching acoustic guitar, growling electro-harp, faultless fiddle, dexterous accordion and spine-tingling four-part vocal harmony, their material spans original songs, traditional Scottish and Gaelic pieces and contemporary folk and pop.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
26 March
Singers & Musicians Night
£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.
2 April
The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio
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9 April
Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese
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16 April
Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
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Details tba
23 April
Andy Irvine
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Details tba
30 April
Singers & Musicians Night
£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
5 May
(NCEM Concert) Lady Maisery
£13 / £11 Concs. BOOKING OPENS SOON
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Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, Sam Sweeney, Maddy Prior), Hazel Askew (Askew Sisters) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola, Nancy Kerr Band), Lady Maisery perform fresh interpretations of vintage songs and ballads to stunning effect. They enchant with rich harmonies, sumptuous melodies and warm personalities, whether singing unaccompanied or playing combinations of accordion, harp, banjo, concertina and fiddle. The almost lost tradition of diddling or tune-singing is another speciality, together with Hannah’s clog dancing. Nominated for Best Emerging Artists in the 2012 BBC Folk Awards and earning dream reviews for their recordings (4 or 5 stars from The Financial Times, Songlines, R2, The Independent and Maverick), this young trio is on track for great things.
7 May
Ben Bedford
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Details tba
14 May
Colum Sands
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Details tba
21 May
Singers & Musicians Night
£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
22 May
(NCEM Concert) Emily Smith
£16 / £14 Concs. BOOKING OPENS SOON
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After a decade and more of performances (including three at the NCEM), recordings and awards, Emily is rightly celebrated as one of Scotland’s most distinctively sublime folk voices. Recent accolades include two nominations in the 2012 BBC Folk Awards, while current CD Echoes is widely tipped for “album of the year” polls in 2014. TV appearances on Transatlantic Sessions and Songs Of Praise have won her further admirers. Joined tonight by multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson, and switching between accordion and keyboard herself, Emily will showcase material from the new album, in which she returns to her first love of traditional song, alongside some choice covers and samples of her own highly accomplished songwriting.
28 May
Sharp's Appalachian Harvest
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A special themed show presented by Jeff Davis and Brian Peters. Details tba.
4 June
Singers & Musicians Night
£3 on the door / Concs. £2 / Performers £1
Pre-festival gathering - all singers, players and listeners welcome.
5 June
City of York Folk Weekend, Day One
All events free
Details tba
6 June
City of York Folk Weekend, Day Two
All events free
Details tba
7 June
City of York Folk Weekend, Day Three
All events free
Details tba

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