Black Swan Folk Club

E-Newsletter 181

29th October 2014

 This is a short newsflash bulletin, mainly to tell you about a change of programme in two weeks’ time.

Sadly, Judy Dunlop & Jon Scaife have had to cancel their visit to the club on Thursday 13th November.  Judy has suffered a mild stroke and while she is not seriously ill, she has been advised to rest for a month or two.  Her health permitting, we will try to fit in a replacement date for them both in the second half of 2015.  WeGotTickets will already have contacted and arranged refunds for those of you who had bought tickets in advance.
In place of Judy & Jon we have organised a Double Bill night with singer/songwriters David Swann and Sarah Dean.  They are two of our most talented and entertaining occasional “floor spot” performers, but as they both live well outside York we do not see them at the club anything like as often as we would like.  David is a singer/guitarist whose main inspirations as a songwriter are the people and places of the Yorkshire Wolds, Moors and coast, while Sarah combines evocative original material with a few strong covers and accompanies herself on the harp.
Sarah and David will each do a 45 minute set in the course of the evening, with Stan Graham acting as MC and the usual trio of other floor singers.  We have priced this one at £7 full or £6 concessions (our lowest guest night rate), available at the door or beforehand through WeGotTickets.
Next, a quick reminder that we have that phenomenal duo Chris While & Julie Matthews in concert at the NCEM this coming Sunday, 2nd November, with the added bonus of a support set by Edwina Hayes.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Tickets will be on sale on the night from 7pm (£15 full, £13 concessions) or beforehand or on 01904 658338 - but remember that the Box Office is only staffed office hours Monday to Friday.
Next Thursday (6th) we bring you one of Canada’s foremost singer/songwriters, James Keelaghan, together with his regular guitar accompanist Hugh McMillan.  Tickets are available now through and there will probably be a few left for early bird arrivals on the night as well.
On Thursday 20th November, by contrast, it is a very English singer.  Formerly of Crucible and The Albion Band,Gavin Davenport sings mostly original material infused by the folk tradition and will be joined at our club by fiddle player Tom Kitching.
Over at the NCEM on Wednesday 26th November is Nancy Kerr, a leading singer in the English folk tradition who has likewise emerged as a writer of stylish and thoughtful new songs.  She is touring with her own Sweet Visitor Band – James Fagan, Tom Wright, Tim Yates and Rowan Rheingans.   This concert is already more than half sold at the NCEM Box Office.
Looking ahead to December, Martin Carthy is with us for two consecutive nights.  The Thursday performance is virtually sold out (2 left, as I write), but Wednesday 3rd December still has around 20 tickets available at WeGotTickets.
Our last guest night of the year is usually rather special, and that will certainly be the case with The Churchfitters on 11th December.  More than half the tickets for that one have gone already.
Finally, don’t forget our seasonal family show at the NCEM on Wednesday 17th December, when Blast From The Past present their entertaining medley of songs, stories and narrative A Medieval Christmas.
That’s all for now! You can expect a full length newsletter around mid-November and meanwhile keep on supporting all this great live music.