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

Christine Collister & Michael Fix
17th October 2019
£13 in advance / £15 on door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Christine’s first visit since 2010. This time she appears with virtuoso guitarist Michael Fix. Collister & Fix are in the throes of creating another beautiful mix of self-penned and emotionally intelligent interpretations of classic pop/folk/rock songs. ‘I can’t get that beautiful music from Saturday night out of my head. I kept thinking ‘This is as good as it gets!’ ‘ Her singing was powerful and emotional, shifting effortlessly from soft and angelic to knock you out Janice Joplin style. Michael Fix’s guitar was equally superb.’ Reviews from the duo’s recent Australian tour.
(NCEM Concert) The Unthanks The Emily Brontë Song Cycle
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
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
£9 in advance / £10 on door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Another appearance from one of our most regular Canadian guests who is now a firm favourite. With his rich baritone voice and sympathetic guitar accompaniment Dan will no doubt once again entertain with an evening of self-penned material laced with stories and themes from his native country and his greatest influence the late Stan Rogers.
Winter Wilson
7th November 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Winter Wilson last played the Black Swan in 2017 and have since gone from strength to strength. In 2018 they released a highly acclaimed album “Far Off on the Horizon”, and then toured with folk legends Fairport Convention. Their 2019 schedule maintains the momentum, including tours of Australia, Canada and Europe, plus the release of “Live & Unconventional”, a live album recorded on tour and featuring Fairport. Singing out for the underdog in glorious harmony, with a hatful of laughs for good measure.
Sarah McQuaid
14th November 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
We welcome acclaimed singer songwriter and guitarist Sarah McQuaid back to the Black Swan. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, she has also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.
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
£14 / Concessions £12
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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.
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her lyrics touch on climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world. Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian's Best Folk Albums in 2018 and has received a great deal of national airplay. She will be accompanied by her exciting new band line-up which includes acclaimed young folk musicians Sam Kelly, Jamie Francis and Jim Molyneux. Support on this evening is from The Bronze.
Allan Taylor
28th November 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
For more than fifty years Allan Taylor has travelled the world performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs. He is considered to be one of the foremost singer-songwriters and guitarists in his genre, with more than one hundred recorded versions of his songs by artists in ten different languages. One song in particular, “It’s Good to See You” was a hit in many countries, and to date, there are eighty cover versions of this song.
The Trials of Cato
5th December 2019
£11 in advance / £12.50 on door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
One of our most eagerly anticipated nights of the year, The Trials of Cato who arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Hailed as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” by BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe, their live show “invariably stuns audience wherever they play” (FATEA Magazine).The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them. Early booking for this one is recommended.
Flossie Malavialle
12th December 2019
£10 in advance / £11 on door
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Flossie is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002 and has played the Black Swan Folk Club on several occasions. Since her first York gig she’s gone on to play throughout the UK and far beyond. Singing and playing a wide variety of songs in French, English and Spanish interspersed with a touch of humorous Geordie-French banter which gives her performances a certain "je ne sais quoi"... fun and emotion guaranteed! From established folk songs to jazz standards, from blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics, her wide répertoire appeals to all.
(NCEM Concert) A Winter Union
16th December 2019
£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.
A Winter Union is a festive folk band like no other. Five leading lights of the British Roots scene. Soaring vocals, exquisite musicianship and a delightful repertoire of folk songs from across Yuletide traditions. Featuring Katriona Gilmore, Jamie Roberts, Jade Rhiannon, Ben Savage and Hannah Sanders.
Christmas Party
19th December 2019
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Club Closed
26th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York