Black Swan Folk Club

E-Newsletter 237

November-December 2019


1. More great nights at the club recently Reg Meuross and the Christine Collister Michael Fix nights were both sold out.  Roland's Memorial Concert at the Crescent also attracted a large audience with some fine performances from Wizz Jones and Martin Carthy. Both these legendary performers gave their services for free and it was particularly good to see Wizz, who made a special trip from London, as he's now pretty much retired from live performance. We raised over £2000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and our final figure for all the events we've put on this year in aid of MNDA will be much higher than that. More details in the next newsletter.


The Andy Irvine gig at the NCEM was very successful and it was a real bonus to have Irish harpists Catriona Cannon and her mother Kathleen Loughnane doing a support set. Catriona, from Galway, now lives in York and we were lucky that her mother Kathleen was visiting for a few days.

At the time of going to press we're looking forward to our next sell out show at The National Centre for Early Music which features The Unthanks performing the 'Songs of Emily Bronte'.


The CD initiated and brought to completion by Steve Marshall, is selling well. Thanks also to Sam Holdstock at Melrose Yard Studios, York, for putting together this compilation of songs. The CD is available to buy (£10) at all Black Swan folk club events, with all proceeds going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. It includes 20 tracks from a diverse range of artists, club residents and national names. Among them are Martin Carthy, Bob Fox, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Allan Taylor, Jez Lowe and Blackbeard’s Tea Party.


Judith Haswell, one of our club residents, won the song writing competition at Sedgefield Folk Festival with her song about the Eyemouth fishing disaster. Congratulations to Judith for this well-deserved accolade.



As we have come to expect from Stan’s previous albums, ‘The Poet In Me’ contains a number of songs that are destined to go straight into the Folk repertoire of many singers up and down the country.

The title track of the album was inspired by York's well-known poet Don Walls, a fitting tribute to a much-loved artist. This is another "not to be missed" album from York's award-winning songwriter. Available from CD Baby, Napster, ITunes and other download sites.  Also:



Toni Bunnell's new album 'Last Port of Call' is not easy listening. That doesn't mean it isn't very good. It is. She knows how to turn a lyric. With her unique, strong and melodic vocal style she deals with subject matters that matter a lot to her, and should to us too. Her songs delve into important events in social history. They reflect upon modern-day burning issues. They tug at our conscience and our need to care for each other in oppressive times. We need such albums to keep us sane. All this is supported by very accomplished acoustic accompaniment on a variety of 

stringed instruments.

A word too about the sleeve. CD's come nowadays in a mixture of packaging, some good, many not so good. The sleeving design of 'Last Port of Call' should be made the universal standard. It actually works without having to fiddle about! I thoroughly recommend this album. Every track! Well done Toni.

Tony Haynes Radio broadcaster/presenter of: FAB, NEW4U & Midnight Mayhem

Available from: & HMV York



Club resident Eddie’s new album is called ‘Love Found Love Lost’ and 3 tracks from the album have already received plays on Tony Hayne’s FAB Radio programme. You can order or download a copy of the CD from the CD Baby website



Paula Ryan launched her new album "TURAS CUMADÓIR" ("Songwriter's Journey") on Saturday 19 October at Micklegate Social in York. The evening was hosted by York Irish Association and was a great success.  Paula performed songs from the album with support from Chechelele, Soundsphere, White Sail and Damian Fynes. You can find all the links to buy download and listen to the album at





The Magpies have launched a kickstarter campaign to raise money for their new album. People can pledge money and receive rewards etc. The link:




Thorner Victory Hall Thorner nr Leeds Peter Donegan Fri Nov 15

National Centre for Early Music YORK Thorganby Folk Club present BELINDA O’HOOLEY ‘inversions’ solo piano tour Thurs Nov 21

Reeth Memorial Hall 

Saturday 9th November 7.30pm Lewis & Katie and Feedback Friday 22nd November 8pm Sherburn, Bartley, Sanders 

Friday 13th December 8pm Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman Celtic Christmas strings

Tickets. From John Little: or tel: 01748-884759. Phone or email to get tickets at the ‘booked in advance’ Tickets for most events are half price for under 16s.


Explore York Library: Series of upcoming gigs at York Explore in the Brierley Room, booked by David Ward Maclean.

 21st November - Bella Gaffney 21st December - Heather Findlay and Simon Snaize


Unplugged@Lake Arts Studio Sunday 1st December, 2019 Sam Pirt

Lake Arts Studio is at 17 Railway Cottages, Clementhorpe Lane, Gilberdyke, HU15 2T

Half of the famous duo ‘The Hut People’ – Sam has toured the UK & beyond playing an eclectic mix of music from around the world – with a dash of humour thrown in for good measure!

£8 donation per person


Ripon Wilfrid’s Folk club 2019

St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, Trinity Lane, Ripon, HG4 2AB Last Friday of Every month 8.00pm BYOB

22 November Singers Night - guest John Storey, Singer songwriter who will delight us with his own compositions.

27 December —Free Christmas party—bring a bottle and a food offering.

Thorganby Village Hall Dan Webster band 

Sunday 22 December. Tickets or direct from (


BLONDE on BOB’S XMAS BASH at the Black Swan Peasholme Green YORK

MONDAY DEC 30th 8pm

with BLONDE on BOB and FREEWHEELIN’ ‘Nothin’ But Dylan’

 Regular Folk Music Sessions in York

 The Maltings (tunes only) Tanner’s Moat - Tuesday evenings

The Golden Ball, Bishophill - Sunday evenings


The Three Legged Mare, High Petergate - Friday evenings

The Fox, Holgate. Havin’ the Craic (1st Wed of the month)

Deadline for submitting info for next newsletter: November 30.