Black Swan Folk Club

E-Newsletter 242

1st October 2020

Hello everyone

The folk club at The Black Swan remains closed for the time being due to the current health crisis but we are starting to put a few things together which are the start of our journey back to regular live music.

First off on Thursday October 15th at 7-30pm
Chris While and Julie Matthews are doing a special on-line concert exclusively for the Black Swan Folk Club. The concert will be followed by a live Q and A session with Chris and Julie.
You can buy your tickets from

Once you've purchased a ticket you'll be able to watch the streamed performance whenever you want.
Chris and Julie have been guests at the club and played for us in concert at the NCEM many times over the years and it's always been a great evening. If you're still not familiar with their music here are some details:-
They've been together more than 25 years and it's an unrivalled musical partnership, gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way. They've played more than 2,600 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Now, 25 years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever on their most recent and 11th studio album, Revolution Calls.
'They light up the room with their amazing energy' James Taylor
'Truly gifted human beings' Richard Hawley

Next up on Tuesday November 17th - Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are now performing 2 'live' concerts for us at the National Centre for Early Music in York at 6pm and 8-30pm. Each concert will be an hour long and will contain the same programme. These concerts will be sponsored by The Black Swan Folk Club.
2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo. Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup 'Equation' through to the current release 'Personae' with a nod or two along the way to their extracurricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle stop tour through their artistic journey to date.
'It's folk music for the modern age.' The Telegraph

There will of course be limited seating for these shows. Each household/support bubble will be seated around small tables positioned at a 2m social distance from others. Tables can accommodate up to 4 people in the same group. You can check out the guidelines for the concert via this link:
Tickets will be available as usual from this same page from 9th October. If you have already booked tickets for this event, someone from the NCEM team will be in touch with you soon to discuss your options.

In 2021 the following dates are lined up at the moment(we're presenting these events in conjunction with York promoters Please Please You).

ELIZA CARTHY RESTITUTE LIVE at the Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW on Sunday Jan 24 2021 at 7-30pm
Tickets at (tickets originally booked for this show in 2020 remain valid for the new date)

Singer-songwriter banjoist KAIA KATER at The City Screen Basement Bar, Coney St. YORK YO1 9QL on March 27 2021 at 7-30pm - Tickets at

Nashville USA based all-female string band DELLA MAE at The Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW on Sunday April 25 2021 at 7-30pm.
This is a seated show with all seats reserved. Tickets at

GRACE PETRIE at The Crescent Club YORK YO24 1AW on Sunday April 11th 2021 at 7-30pm.
Tickets originally booked for this show in 2020 remain valid for the new date. Tickets at

And other artists we're looking forward to seeing in 2021 include:- MARTIN SIMPSON and ANDY CUTTING, Devon folk-guitarist John Smith, Christine Collister and Michael Fix, Allan Taylor, Sam Carter, Sadie and Jay, Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson and many more.

Please don't forget the Black Swan 'Virtual' Folk Club available on our YouTube channel (Black Swan Folk Club York UK) continues with a new club session posted every Thurs evening. Go to the Playlist for the date that you want to watch. If you haven't visited our 'virtual' club it features performances from familiar faces who regularly fill the guest spot at the club as well as clips from resident singers and performers. It really helps us if you subscribe to our channel when you're watching.
As mentioned in our last newsletter we normally sell copies of local folk magazines Folk Roundabout and Tykes/Stirrings at the club. Both magazines are still publishing and if you'd like a copy of the latest editions you'll need to contact the magazines directly.
If you contact Folk Roundabout they'll send a copy along to you and then you can pay the next time you attend the Black Swan Folk Club via an 'Honesty Box' which we will have on hand.
As regards Tykes/Stirrings check out their website for more info:-

That's all for this newsletter. Watch the website, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. Please, keep 2 metres apart, keep washing your hands, wear a mask where you need to and stay well.

Chris and Black Swan Folk Club