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!

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 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

Beggar's Bridge
6th August 2015
£8 / Concs. £7
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This highly rated band from Hull present mostly self-penned songs inspired by people, places and events of the East Riding. Performed with guitars, fiddle, whistle, bass and percussion and introduced with a good helping of earthy humour, it makes for an experience which is musically satisfying, amusing and informative too.
Jess & Richard Arrowsmith
13th August 2015
£9 / Concs. £8
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We expect lively vocals and subtle playing from this Sheffield-based fiddle and melodeon couple (Crucible, Melrose Quartet). Their mix of ballads ancient and modern, laments and lullabies, rousing jigs, stomping Morris tunes and haunting Playford airs should have you laughing, weeping, tapping your feet and joining in the choruses.
Anna Shannon
20th August 2015
£7 / Concs. £6
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Scarborough’s Anna Shannon has forged a national reputation since winning Radio York’s “Song for Yorkshire” contest in 2006. Blessed with a stunning voice, she’s a prolific and versatile songwriter, deeply inspired by the natural and human worlds around her, also a talented multi-instrumentalist and a polished, engaging performer.
Singers & Musicians Night
27th August 2015
£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
Debby McClatchy
3rd September 2015
£9 / Concs. £8
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With full retirement beckoning, this will be Debby’s final visit to our club. She has been a favourite American guest here for the last 30 years, a great entertainer with a rich store of songs both self-penned and US traditional, as well as old time banjo tunes and engaging stories. She has never failed to charm us, so let’s give her a huge farewell.
Dave Burland
10th September 2015
£10 / Concs. £9
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Fans of this folk legend include June Tabor, Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson and Nic Jones, who says he is “a uniquely calm, gentle and clever singer who makes you feel it’s so amazingly simple.” Underpinned by seemingly effortless guitar playing and presented with a deliciously playful sense of humour, Dave’s comparatively rare public performances are truly to be savoured.
The Dovetail Trio
17th September 2015
£8 / Concs. £7
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Here is a new band which combines the distinctive voices and instrumental prowess (mostly guitar and squeezeboxes) of Jamie Roberts (previously seen here with Kat Gilmore), Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. They present mainly English traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, displaying infectious energy, passion and creativity.
Singers & Musicians Night
24th September 2015
£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.
(NCEM Concert) Phil Beer
25th September 2015
£15 / Concs. £13
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as one half of multi-award winning duo Show Of Hands. A top flight fiddler in particular, he also plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there - he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. PLEASE NOTE the concert starts at 8pm, and there is no support act.
Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier
1st October 2015
£10 / Concs. £9
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A true hero of ours, Chris Sherburn is renowned for his virtuoso Anglo-concertina work and wickedly sharp wit. He now teams up with Scottish singer and guitarist Findlay Napier in a hot new duo. Both are both fluid tunesmiths, easy with an audience and generous with the craic, so we expect a great evening’s entertainment.
Harpeth Rising
8th October 2015
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Stephen Fearing
15th October 2015
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(NCEM Concert) Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick
19th October 2015
BOOKING OPENS LATE SUMMER
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
This remarkable pairing first came together in 1966 and together or apart they have been an integral part of British folk music ever since. These days Martin and Swarb combine the innovative fervour of their early days with the maturity and depth of understanding which comes from a lifetime spent in the company of traditional music. Along the way have been bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, Whippersnapper and Waterson:Carthy, amongst dozens of other projects which have entertained and inspired generations of listeners and players. Enjoy an evening of hot instrumentals and subtly sung and accompanied classic songs from two absolute masters of the art
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
Singers & Musicians Night
22nd October 2015
£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.
Simone Felice
25th October 2015
£15 advance / £17 on the door
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In association with Please Please You we present a Sunday Special with this celebrated American songwriter, poet and novelist. Born and still based in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and first coming to musical prominence with his siblings in The Felice Brothers, Simone has been called "one of the great songwriter-poets of his generation".
The Carrivick Sisters
29th October 2015
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Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
5th November 2015
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Singers & Musicians Night
12th November 2015
£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.
(NCEM Concert) Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock
13th November 2015
BOOKING OPENS LATE SUMMER
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
First coming to notice c1980 with pop band Any Trouble, Clive Gregson went on to form a ground-breaking partnership with singer Christine Collister that Rolling Stone called "the state of the art in British folk-rock". Between 1985 and 1992 they released five acclaimed albums and toured worldwide. Her distinctive voice allied to his songs and his instrumental and production skills created something truly special. Thirty years down the road, Clive now revisits the classic Gregson & Collister repertoire, having found the perfect vocal foil in Liz Simcock, herself an established singer-songwriter. “I’m looking forward to performing some songs that I haven't played for a very long time” he says. Support from UNION JILL
Buy Tickets: www.ncem.co.uk
Maria Dunn
19th November 2015
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On tour from Canada. Details tba.
(NCEM Concert) Blazin' Fiddles
23rd November 2015
BOOKING OPENS LATE SUMMER
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This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
Take a group of the hottest fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands, mix in sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements, and you’ve got the multi-award winning Blazin’ Fiddles. Over the last fifteen years no other band has quite so well captured the excitement, passion and sensitivity of modern Scottish instrumental music. Enjoy the regional expressions and individual styles of each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Their fiddles and bows come alight atop the subtle guitar of Anna Massie and Angus Lyon’s deft keyboard, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all. Support from Stan Graham, whose latest CD was produced by Angus Lyon.
Jim Boyes with Belinda O'Hooley - Sensations of a Wound
26th November 2015
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(Wednesday Extra) Dick Gaughan
2nd December 2015
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First of two nights. Details tba.
Dick Gaughan
3rd December 2015
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Second of two nights. Details tba.
Harp and a Monkey
10th December 2015
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Christmas Party
17th December 2015
Free entry
The Magical Christmas Tree
20th December 2015
TBA
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A Seasonal Sunday Special with Pete Morton, Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson
Club Closed
24th December 2015
Club Closed
31st December 2015