Black Swan Folk Club

E-Newsletter 239

January 2020

Hello everyone,

Here’s our second newsletter for 2020 and first up a mention for our regular Winter Folk Day taking place next Sunday (January 26th) at the Black Swan.
As in previous years the Winter Folk Day is part of York Residents Festival and it’ll be free to all York residents with a valid York Card and local SU card holders. It’s £3 to everybody else.
Fourteen different folk music artists, solo, duos and groups will be performing 2pm through to 6pm and then 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The timetable looks like this:-
2pm Two Black Sheep and a Stallion, 2-30pm David Hardy, 3pm Judith Haswell,
3-30pm Leather’O, 4pm Toni Bunnell, 4-30pm Phil Cerny, 5pm Chris Euesden,
5-30pm Paula Ryan, 6pm Ramshackle, (Interval 6-30pm -7-30pm)
7-30pm The Old Humpy Band, 8pm Eddie Affleck, 8-30pm White Sail,
9pm Stan Graham, 9-30pm Sarah Dean, 10pm Big Band Finale.
This is always a very popular event, come early to avoid disappointment.

R.I.P. JOHN CHERRY - Everyone at the Black Swan was very saddened to hear about the death of John Cherry one of the Black Swan Folk Club’s most popular residents. John died on January 11th after a long illness fought with courage and his typical humour. Despite his ill health John managed to make it along to the club several times during the latter half of last year. He died peacefully at home with family around him. Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Shirley and to all his family. John was recorded by the BBC and his version of ‘The Village Pump’ is in the British Library Sounds Collection ( This version is a young John Cherry singing at a folk club in Hull. There are also one or two other recordings from John’s repertoire. John’s funeral Service will take place at York Crematorium on Friday, January 31st at 11.40am.

COMING UP LATER IN 2020(where noted these are now on sale)

BRAM TAYLOR(March 19), MAZ O’CONNOR(tbc)(March 26) SOUNDSPHERE and RAMSHACKLE (April 2) THE PAPERBOYS (April 5), ELIZA CARTHY RESTITUTE LIVE (April 10 now on sale BROOKS WILLIAMS (April 16), KATHRYN ROBERTS and SEAN LAKEMAN(April 22 now on sale, OTHER ROADS (April 30)

GRACE PETRIE(May 18 now on sale, JOHN WARD TRIO (April 21), KATY MOFFATT (April 28), City of York Folk Weekend (June 5 to June 7) CHRIS and KELLIE WHILE (June 18), CHRIS CLEVERLEY (June 25),



Fri 24 Jan- Reeth Memorial Hall The Seamus Egan Project,

Fri 31 Jan- Broken Record presents Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis at The Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, YORK YO1 7PR

Fri 31 Jan The Witham, Barnard Castle MARTIN SIMPSON

Fri 31 Jan- Roots Music Club present BLONDE on BOB ‘Nothin’ But Dylan’ at the Ukranian Centre Beckett Road Doncaster DN2 4AD

Sat 1 Feb Irish Trad Night The Gillygate, Gillygate, York

Mon Feb 3 to Sat Feb 8 ‘Once’ plays at the Grand Opera House in York - a Broadway and West End hit – ‘Based on a cult 2006 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet yearning story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker (who works by day in his dad's Hoover repair shop) who falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician. As we follow their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to them in little ways’.

Fri 21 Feb -Reeth Memorial Hall MEGSON

Sun 23 Feb 7-30pm TRACKING THE CHANGES at The Basement, City Screen, YORK - A genre-melding audiovisual show with songs written and performed by Toni Bunnell from her new song book Across the Years.


SAT 29 FEB York based a capella trio Soundsphere announce the release of their 7th studio album 'Near and Far' at The Micklegate Social in York with support from Two Black Sheep & A Stallion.
It's been a few years since the trio released their emotional tribute to bandmate Angel Michel in the album Heartfelt. Sarah Dean, Paula Ryan and Judith Simpson have been busy collecting new songs and will soon be celebrating 19 years working together.
Doors 7.30pm, Music from 8pm, £5 advance £7 otd

FRI 27 MARCH RIPON WILFRID’S FOLK CLUB The Jon Palmer Trio plus Edwina Hayes

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)

Eagle & Child,(French & Breton)(2nd Wed of the month) from the music.

And finally a charity cycle ride inaugurated last year by Roland’s long-time friend Peter Rees and raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association will take place again in 2020.
The ride in Roland’s memory is to take place on Sunday 31st May and starts and finishes at Darlington Arena, home of Mowden Park Rugby Club. Cost of entry is £25 and all this money will go to MNDA; the majority for research, but a proportion to local mnda groups to help in their work supporting people with the disease. You can register on-line at:-