Black Swan Folk Club

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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

Dave Burland & The Awkward Squad
13th December 2018
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
For our end-of-year special, who better than one of our all-time favourite singers? Dave’s rich and mellow vocal tones and his distinctive guitar style are augmented tonight by Dave Fisher on vocals, keyboards, lap steel and pedal steel guitars and Bryan Ledgard on vocals and percussion. Together they perform a collection of songs that all three musicians regard as timeless classic material.
(NCEM Concert) Emily Smith's Songs For Christmas
18th December 2018
£17 / Concessions £15 / u35s (limited nos) £5
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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 her fifth visit to NCEM, the much admired Scottish singer Emily Smith presents her unique Christmas show. Accompanied with guitar, fiddle and backing vocals, she promises a beautiful blend of original and traditional festive songs. Sing along with old carols, tap your toes to upbeat instrumentals or simply close your eyes and let Emily’s evocative voice help you dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring. From humble beginnings in 2012, she has honed this show into a moving, family friendly seasonal night out, material from which has featured on the Songs of Praise Christmas Special, with Emily’s self-penned sing Find Hope play-listed on Radio 2. PLUS AN OPENING SET FROM RYEDALE SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVID SWANN.
Folk Club Christmas Party
20th December 2018
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Our annual end-of-year singers night party. Free entry, bring-and-share supper.
Club Closed
27th December 2018
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Singers & Musicians Night
3rd January 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.
Jez Lowe
10th January 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Jez is an outstanding songwriter and performer in the folk world, and a leading musical ambassador for his native North East England. His ceaseless touring has brought him to our club room many times over the last 40 years and it is always a pleasure to welcome him back. Early booking advised!
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band
17th January 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This Otley-based folk, roots and rock & roll combo gave us a great debut show in 2016, so we had no hesitation in inviting them back for a re-match. The line-up is guitars, mandolin, double bass, violin and percussion, with Jon Palmer their songwriter and lead singer, joined by Nick Settle, Wendy Ross, Roy Whyke, Ricky Silvers and Matt Nelson.
The Local Honeys
24th January 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Kentucky singers Linda Jean Stokley (fiddle) and Montana Hobbs (banjo) fuse Appalachian and blue-grass folk traditions and are dedicated to the preservation of old songs and tunes, alongside creating new music within those traditions. They can certainly tear into hard driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound, and tell a damn good story.
York's Winter Folk Day
27th January 2019
Free to YorkCard holders & local SU Card holders
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Afternoon (2pm to 5.30pm) and evening (7.30pm to 10.30pm) concerts with local folk artists. Our contribution to the annual York Residents Festival. Lineup will be announced shortly.
Singers & Musicians Night
31st January 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.
Ninebarrow
7th February 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Award-winning Dorset duo Jon Whitley and Jay La Bouchardiere are impressing audiences across England with their innovative take on the folk tradition. Combining skilled musicianship with breathtaking vocal harmonies, they deliver great original songs inspired by landscape and history, alongside distinctively reworked traditional numbers.
(NCEM Concert) Phil Beer
12th February 2019
All tickets £17
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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.
Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, he is equally in demand for his solo shows. In his 2019 “String Theory” tour he sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship (fiddle, guitar, mandocello, mandolin, South American cuatro and more) and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.
Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese
14th February 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With a well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as regularly enjoyed with his full band at our Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a popular guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice traditional and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals.
Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson
21st February 2019
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This exciting cross-generational partnership gave us a truly memorable performance five years ago and we are delighted to bring them back. Alistair is of course a celebrated Northumbrian piper, concertina player and composer, while Dan is one of the finest young banjo players in Britain, as well as a superb singer and guitarist. We can expect some impressively dextrous and energetic musical fireworks tonight.
(NCEM Concert) Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle
26th February 2019
£20 / Concessions £18 / u35s (limited nos) £5
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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.
Ten years since their first trio performances, Celtic music’s legendary musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are out on the road again with their distinctive blend of top class folk songs, stirring tunes and charming bonhomie. Masters respectively of flute, fiddle and song/guitar, Mike John and John have shared stages and recording studios with some of the biggest names in popular music, from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller and Joan Baez, as well as being key participants in the annual Transatlantic Sessions tour. We can expect a beautifully crafted musical treat, one to be savoured for a very long time. PLUS SUPPORT North Yorkshire singer songwriter Martin Heaton.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th February 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 Churchfitters
7th March 2019
£12 in advance / £14 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This is a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we host. Witness a bass guitar made out of a frying pan, or heart wrenching vocals accompanied by musical saw, or foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with funk-rock bouzouki. Shows by this Anglo-French trio always sell out, so book early!
(NCEM Concert) The Rheingans Sisters
11th March 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £5
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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.
Rowan and Anna are a unique and unmissable act, making playful, powerful and deeply connecting music that is wholly contemporary while firmly anchored in European folk traditions. Having studied extensively in France and Scandinavia, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of folk music from British and continental cultures, music which fits seamlessly alongside their own beguiling compositions (one of which was voted Best Original Track in the 2016 Folk Awards). Audiences everywhere have been captivated by the sisters’ full-hearted live shows, with their adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar and percussion. PLUS SUPPORT from one of our favourite local singers JUDITH HASWELL
Yan Tan Tether
14th March 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Another act from lively Otley, Rosie Knighton, Tess Leslie and Lynne O’Malley have built a glowing reputation around Yorkshire. While they do play instruments such as banjo, guitar and fiddle, their hallmark is beautiful acapella arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs, with spine-tingling harmonies and rollicking good choruses.
The Jenny Sturgeon Trio
21st March 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Making an auspicious York debut, this Shetland-based singer writes songs rich with imagery, inspired by folklore, history and the natural world. “She brings together the old and new with a rare skill" said one review. Jenny also plays in the critically acclaimed alt-folk band Salt House, while in her own trio she is joined on fiddle and guitar by two top class Scottish players, Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie).
(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson + Chris While & Julie Matthews
26th March 2019
£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.
CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION. Roland Walls and the Black Swan Folk Club have organised over 140 folk concerts at the NCEM since 2001, providing a highly valued and thoroughly enjoyable strand in its programming. Roland is now seriously ill with motor neurone disease and has been receiving considerable practical and financial support from the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His many friends in the folk world have rallied round to offer their assistance and tonight’s fundraiser for the MNDA features two leading acts that Roland has booked many times over his long career. Chris While & Julie Matthews are two of England’s finest acoustic songwriters and singers and perform with great stage presence, while Martin Simpson is consistently named one of the best folk guitarists in the world, with a rich repertoire of original songs, traditional ballads and choice covers. He is the most nominated artist in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, most recently as Musician of the Year in 2018.
Singers & Musicians Night
28th March 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.
Nidd PLUS Don't Feed The Peacocks
4th April 2019
£8 in advance / £9 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This Young Bands Double Bill features an array of super talented musicians from northern England who met through the National Youth Folk Ensemble. Nidd comprise Kerran Cotterell on guitar, Owen Spafford on fiddle and Ellen McGovern on flute and Uilleann pipes, while Owen is also in Don’t Feed The Peacocks, alongside James Haigh on guitar, Martin Parker on accordion and saxophone, Alex Lord on fiddle, Cori Smith on viola and Phoebe Harty on cello and saxophone. Do come and give these youngsters a listen!
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
11th April 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Let’s welcome back these great Scottish singers and players. Mairearad (Poozies, King Creosote) on accordion and bagpipes and Anna (Blazin’ Fiddles, RANT) on guitar, banjo and fiddle make up a captivating duo, their high energy performances displaying an almost telepathic interplay, tempered by a warm and friendly stage presence.
(NCEM Concert) Peter Knight's Gigspanner
17th April 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £5
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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.
Since leaving folk-rockers Steeleye Span, legendary fiddler Peter Knight has focussed on Gigspanner, where his playing is complimented by the flawless guitar work of Roger Flack and the hand drums and percussion of Sacha Trochet. The trio has established a burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. British folk music forms the bedrock of their repertoire, but their arrangements stretch the envelope and bring in subliminal, multicultural influences from French, Cajun, Cuban, East European and other traditions. “Spellbinding" "sublime" "blown away" "inspired" and "magical" are words which occur over and over in reviews.
Singers & Musicians Night
18th April 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.
Sunjay
25th April 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
This young man’s guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, intricate and faultless” and his singing is also top notch. He certainly impressed us on his previous visit, in 2014, when he had barely turned twenty. Sunjay’s repertoire spans blues, folk and pop material plus originals, and he is a natural performer with great charm and self-confidence.
Rosie Hodgson & Rowan Piggott
2nd May 2019
£9 in advance / £10 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Rosie is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Sussex who grew up surrounded by traditional music and is a former BBC Young Folk Award finalist, while fiddle-singer Rowan grew up likewise on the west coast of Ireland, where his father is a member of De Dannan. He now lives in England and amongst many other projects plays with recent club guests The Georgia Lewis Band. Together, he and Rosie will showcase material from her recent and well-received debut album Rise Aurora.
Grace Petrie
9th May 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / on sale from 7 December
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won her an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She has toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on Radio 4’s The Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. Her new album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released .last September.
Singers & Musicians Night
16th May 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 Melrose Quartet
20th May 2019
£16 / Concessions £14 / u35s (limited nos) £5
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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.
Comprising the award-winning Nancy Kerr on fiddle with James Fagan on bouzouki or guitar, Jess Arrowsmith on fiddle and Richard Arrowsmith on melodeon, and with all four of them being strong singers, this Sheffield-based but internationally renowned group has a reputation for state-of-the-art modern British folk music that truly connects with audiences. They have a rich repertoire of both a-Capella and accompanied traditional songs, alongside self-penned numbers that merge seamlessly into the folk canon, and they also excel at instrumental sets that re-invigorate social dance rhythms from Britain and beyond. This is an auspicious return visit to the NCEM. PLUS SUPPORT from local trio The Old Humpy Band.
Pilgrims' Way
23rd May 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on the door / Students half price
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
With influences from early music through Playford and Morris to prog rock, soul, and pop, this band feeds folk music through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine! Ed Beasant (melodeon), Tom Kitching (fiddle) and multi-instrumentalist Jon Loomes are joined by Jude Rees, ex Isambarde (oboe, vocals) and Heather Sirrel (bass). This appearance replaces the one in March last year which was scuppered by heavy snow.
Ye Vagabonds
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
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
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Will Kaufman: Woody Guthrie & Old Man Trump
20th June 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Gilmore & Roberts
27th June 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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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
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Details tba
Dom Prag
18th July 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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