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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
31 July
Plumhall
£9 / Concs. £8
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A club debut for the contemporary folk duo of Michelle Plum (Chumbawamba, Waking The Witch) and Nick Hall (The Hall Brothers). Powerfully played acoustic guitars, two strong voices both as lead and in harmony, intelligent lyrics, memorable melodies and an easy stage manner – all the ingredients for a great summer’s night of music.
7 August
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.
14 August
Jon Brindley
£8 / Concs. £7
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A versatile and engaging singer who plays guitar, accordion and fiddle, Jon has not yet won the major recognition his talents deserve. He writes “I’ve explored music through many forms. Celtic melodies, blues, contemporary folk, country, rock, popular songs and traditional ballads can all be (found in) my repertoire. Expect the unexpected!”
21 August
Patsy Matheson
£8 / Concs. £7
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Another former member of Waking The Witch and previously enjoyed at our club in duo with Becky Mills, Patsy was voted ‘female vocalist of the year' by Spiral Earth in 2013. She has released a series of solo CDs, with The Guardian giving her latest 4 stars and calling it “further proof that (she) is one of our most original songwriters”.
28 August
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
£9 / Concs. £8
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The 2012 debut CD of this young duo (both then teenagers) heralded big things – assured and mature singing of mostly traditional songs from Greg, great playing from both on guitar, bouzouki and fiddle. They went on to win the BBC Young Folk Award in 2013 and the Horizon Award this year. Let’s give them a rousing York welcome!
4 September
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.
11 September
Edwina Hayes
£9 / Concs. £8
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With her international reputation for beautifully written songs, choice covers, charming stage presence and angelic vocals, Edwina is a local lass made good, and as Fairport Convention’s winter tour guest this year she has gained even more fans. Folk/Americana at its finest from what Nanci Griffith calls “the sweetest voice in England”.
18 September
Hans Theessink
£12 / Concs. £11
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The Euro-bluesman is back! Dutch-born and Vienna-based Hans has been described as “an inter-national blues treasure, one of the world’s pre-eminent pickers (whose) warm baritone expresses the blues.” It is a huge pleasure to have such a great artist in our intimate small club venue. Early booking is strongly advised.
25 September
Wizz Jones
£10 / Concs. £9
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This pioneer of the British folk scene has just turned 75 but happily shows no signs of retiring yet! A hugely influential musicians’ musician, Wizz is also a fine singer and a delightfully modest performer with a wide repertoire of modern songs, blues and original numbers. We have enjoyed his playing so many times over the decades.
2 October
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.
4 October
(NCEM Concert) Martin Simpson
£18 / Concs. £16
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After some 40 years as a professional musician and with no fewer than 29 Folk Award nominations under his belt, Martin is surely playing and singing better than ever. Universally acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists in the business, and no mean banjo player either, he interprets British and American traditional songs as masterpieces of storytelling, while his original songwriting has produced a string of real gems. Whether he is playing old-time music, blues, a Dylan cover, a classic ballad or one of his own songs, Martin’s solo shows like this one are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving events, not to be missed. NOTE there is no support act. Martin will be on stage at 7.30pm.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
9 October
Sunjay Brayne
£8 / Concs. £7
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16 October
Bella Hardy & Cara Luft
£12 / Concs. £11
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20 October
(NCEM Concert) Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson
£14 / Concs. £12
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Playing border pipes, whistle and cittern, Ross Ainslie (BBC Young Folk finalist 2002) is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, while Jarlath from Tyrone (BBC Young Folk winner 2003) is an outstanding Uilleann piper who also plays whistle and flute and sings. They have performed with Treacherous Orchestra (Ross), Capercaillie (Jarlath) and Salsa Celtica (both) and made their duo debut in 2008, with a ground-breaking fusion of Scottish and Irish pipes which earned major critical acclaim. A second album followed in 2013, earning them a Folk Awards Best Duo nomination. Aided by Ali Hutton on guitar, they now bring their distinctive pan-Celtic music to York.
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
23 October
Mike Silver
£9 / Concs. £8
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30 October
Sngers & 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 November
(NCEM Concert) Chris While & Julie Matthews
£15 /Concs. £13
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Hailed as one of the best acoustic duos on the folk roots scene, Chris and Julie are breathtaking singers, songwriters and musicians whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. The songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial wastelands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between, while as stage performers they are unrivalled. Their eight BBC Folk Award nominations neatly sum up their talents, including Best Duo, Best Song and Best Live Act. They are joined tonight by special guest, angelic singer and gifted songwriter Edwina Hayes
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
6 November
James Keelaghan with Hugh McMillan
£11 / Concs. £10
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13 November
Judy Dunlop with Jon Scaife
£8 / Concs. £7
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20 November
Gavin Davenport with Tom Kitching
£9 / Concs. £8
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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
£12 all
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4 December
Martin Carthy
£12 all
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11 December
The Churchfitters
£11 / Concs. £10
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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

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