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

Ye Vagabonds
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
30th May 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn create beautiful harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. Raised in Carlow and now resident in Dublin, they have become a staple of the vibrant live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Britain and America, with guitars, mandolins and other stringed instruments
City of York Folk Weekend, Day 1
31st May 2019
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
John Watterson from Poppleton is widely regarded as the foremost interpreter of the wonderful wordsmithery of the late Jake Thackray and he takes his show An Evening Without Jake Thackray to venues across the country. John is very kindly giving us a free performance on the Friday evening in the marquee. Meanwhile the York Irish Association will be holding their customary free-and-easy session until late in the upstairs club room and across town at The Three Legged Mare on High Petergate there is the usual lively Friday night songs and tunes session. FOR THE FULL PROGRAMME, SEE THE FOLK WEEKEND PAGE ON THIS SITE.
City of York Folk Weekend, Day 2
1st June 2019
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Live music kicks off at 1 PM on Saturday in the marquee, where the running order for the day is Union Jill, The Duncan McFarlane Band, Kaminari Taiko Drumming Duo, Ramshackle, Chechelele, David Ward Maclean, Two Black Sheep & A Stallion, The Bronze, Moonshine Creek, Edwina Hayes and Root 64. Indoors on Saturday there are afternoon and evening events in the upstairs room. The former features Les Rustiques, Phil Pipe, Simon Alexander, Martin Heaton, Matthew Mason, Toni Bunnell and That Mitchell & Wife Sound, then after a short break the evening running order is Tommy Coyle, Colin Cutler, Mikkelsson, The Lennanshees, David Swann, Judith Haswell, John Storey and Paula Ryan. FOR THE FULL PROGRAMME, SEE THE FOLK WEEKEND PAGE ON THIS SITE.
City of York Folk Weekend, Day 3
2nd June 2019
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
In the marquee things get under way again at 1 PM on Sunday, when the line-up is The Dan Webster Band, Leather’o, Blonde on Bob, Soundsphere, Tengu Taiko Drummers, The Ale Marys, White Sail, King Courgette, Fawn and finally Boss Caine. Wolfe Room events begin at 11 AM on Sunday with the always popular singing workshop hosted by Soundsphere, then at 2 PM the York Songwriters Circle showcase their members work for a couple of hours. A late afternoon concert offers Alex O’Neil, Caramba and Pen & Stu, then the main evening event consists of Eddie Affleck, Tom McKenzie, Bella Gaffney, Phil Cerny, Sarah Dean and to wrap up the weekend Stan Graham. Oak Room events on Sunday include a workshop on arranging traditional folk songs, presented by Joshua Burnell, and a Poems & Pints spoken word session hosted by John Gilham. FOR THE FULL PROGRAMME, SEE THE FOLK WEEKEND PAGE ON THIS SITE.
Singers & Musicians Night
6th June 2019
£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.
Bob Fox
13th June 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Don’t miss this chance to experience Bob’s warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar playing and newly honed melodeon skills. Expect to hear songs of love, joy, work and humour as he performs material from WarHorse (in which he played Songman for much of the last 8 years) alongside songs from the new Radio Ballads and old favourites from his native North East and beyond. Advance booking advised!
Will Kaufman: Woody Guthrie & Old Man Trump
20th June 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This UK based American singer and scholar is widely regarded as the world's leading authority on Woody Guthrie and has entertained us right well twice before. Will’s latest show mixes song, narrative and visual imagery to tell the story of Guthrie's battles against his racist Brooklyn landlord, Fred C. Trump, father of the US president, and is based on unpublished songs, letters, and notebooks that Will discovered in the Guthrie Archives
Gilmore & Roberts
27th June 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Katriona (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie (guitar) combine astounding musicianship with strong song-writing and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. They have done great things since first playing here as Leeds students all of 12 years ago – three BBC Folk Award nominations, touring with Fairport and much, much more. They released an acclaimed fifth studio album, A Problem of Our Kind, only last October.
Singers & Musicians Night
4th July 2019
£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.
Bill Jones
11th July 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Bill (Belinda) Jones was a widely admired young singer in the early 2000’s, winning the Horizon (Best Newcomer) BBC Folk Award in 2001, releasing three albums, doing many festival appearances, and touring across the UK and beyond, including three visits to York. She took a break in 2004 to raise her family and was much missed, but now she is finally returning. A new CD of traditional, modern and self-penned songs is imminent, all in her appealing and accessible style, and she has summer tour dates in Britain and USA. Let’s welcome her back.
Dom Prag
18th July 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This young singer from the south coast greatly impressed us with a short floor spot last summer and so we have invited him back for a full booking. His music knits together folk traditions with a range of other influences. ‘Great playing, singing and writing and a lovely stage presence’ says Julie Matthews, ‘watch out, his star is definitely on the rise
Graham Hodge
25th July 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
It is our pleasure to once again present a full evening with this much-admired local singer. Expect a sublime choice of modern folk and pop covers, mingling with some well-crafted originals, and all accompanied by subtle and supple guitar playing.
Singers & Musicians Night
1st August 2019
£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.
Charity Night with Ramshackle and others
8th August 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
We continue our fundraising efforts for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with a fun night head lined by our “house band” Ramshackle, compromising club residents Eddie Affleck, Phil Cerny, Chris Euesden, Stan Graham and Judith Haswell. Expect a light-hearted mix of mostly familiar songs with plenty of banter and lots of opportunity to sing along. Other local artists will also be appearing, still to be finalised when we went to press.
Crookes Folk Club Exchange Visit
15th August 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Last summer we had a great “club swap” with the lively Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield, so much so that we are now repeating it. Ramshackle (see above) will visit Crookes on 9th August and tonight we welcome several of their residents to York: classical guitarist Emma Bolton, Pete Gilbert, doing original songs and covers, singer/songwriter Charlie Osguthorpe and the group Soapstone Dragon.
Martyn Wyndham-Read & Iris Bishop
22nd August 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
One of our favourite performers, Martyn has been a fixture on the English folk scene for over 50 years. A golden voiced singer and a deceptively modest guitar accompanist, he mixes traditional ballads with songs learned in his youth in Australia and choice contemporary numbers, including some by our own Stan Graham. Tonight he is joined by Iris Bishop, one of this country’s outstanding concertina and accordion song accompanists.
Singers & Musicians Night
29th August 2019
£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 Hunch
5th September 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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The Furrow Collective in concert at The Crescent
8th September 2019
£15 in advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (also on Hudson Records). November 2018 saw their third album ‘Fathoms’, produced by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell. On it, the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into old folk songs. The Furrow Collective tour extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song, and now comes their York debut.
Reg Meuross
12th September 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
19th September 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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MNDA Fundraiser: Martin Carthy and Wizz Jones at The Crescent
24th September 2019
£20 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A VERY SPECIAL EVENT AT THE CRESCENT COMMUNITY VENUE, OFF BLOSSOM STREET. We continue our fundraising efforts for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with an exciting double bill featuring two of the longest serving and most influential singer/guitarists on the British folk and acoustic music scene, both of whom have made multiple appearances in York during our club's lifetime.
Singers & Musicians Night
26th September 2019
£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.
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
3rd October 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Andy Irvine
7th October 2019
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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.
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Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton: Words and Music
10th October 2019
£13 in advance / £15 on door / on sale soon
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Iain Matthews’s critically acclaimed memoir Thro’ My Eyes was written in collaboration with author, broadcaster and storyteller Ian Clayton. The book is structured around a series of Matthews’s songs and illustrated by the stories that inspired them. Tonight they bring the book to life with a new music and words show. Ian Clayton will read stories from the book interspersed with live songs from Iain Matthews. The show will follow the story of Iain’s life, from a Scunthorpe childhood obsessed with football and music, to thrusting himself into the heart of Carnaby Street in the swinging-sixties. In 1967, he was recruited as lead vocalist for folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention before embarking on a hugely successful and prolific career as a solo artist and in the groups Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, including a No. 1 ht single with ‘Woodstock’. In 1973,when an invitation was extended to record in LA with ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, Iain took it with open arms. The opportunity to work with musicians and songwriters he had admired from afar led him to stay; he lived and worked in the USA for the next 27 years, through highs and lows, with extended stints in Los Angeles, Seattle and Austin. In 2000, in an an act of personal and professional renewal, he moved to the Netherlands, where he still lives and works to this day. Throughout those fifty years, Iain has never stopped working, with music driving him forward every step of the way. The show will be a highly entertaining and intimate occasion, rich in stories and wonderful live music, presenting the story of an artistic life through the eyes of one of our most enduring singer-songwriters.
Christine Collister & Michael Fix
17th October 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) The Unthanks The Emily Brontë Song Cycle
23rd October 2019
£22 / Concessions £20
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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.
The Unthanks invite us into the darkly passionate world of Emily Brontë, with a song cycle bearing all the quiet beauty they are known and loved for. Commissioned to mark Brontë’s 200th birthday, and using her original cabinet piano to write on, Yorkshire born Unthanks composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of her poems into song, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank and recorded in the Parsonage in Haworth where Emily lived and worked. Captured and released as Part 3 of Lines - a trilogy of records inspired by female writers across time - this live performance of The Emily Brontë Song Cycle will also feature songs from the other records that make up Lines, promising an atmospheric evening, and at its heart, a unique collaboration between a literary great and one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands working today. “The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them.” Martin Freeman “There are few times when you hear an album or discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear.” Maxine Peake. PLUS special guests The Bookshop Band
Singers & Musicians Night
24th October 2019
£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.
Dan McKinnon
31st October 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Winter Wilson
7th November 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Sarah McQuaid
14th November 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Singers & Musicians Night
21st November 2019
£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.
(NCEM Concert) The Kitty Macfarlane Band
25th November 2019
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details tba.
Allan Taylor
28th November 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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The Trials of Cato
5th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Flossie Malavialle
12th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) A Winter Union
16th December 2019
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Details tba.
Christmas Party
19th December 2019
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Club Closed
26th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York