Black Swan Folk Club

E-Newsletter 245

25th July 2021

 Hello everyone


At last, a newsletter with some details of live music from the Black Swan Folk Club including events that are happening very soon.


Starting this coming Saturday July 31st and every Saturday afternoon up until the end of August we’ll be presenting live folk and acoustic music in the Black Swan Car Park between 2pm and 6-30pm. These events are free and we’re staging them as a run up to the reopening of the folk club at The Black Swan on Thursday September 2nd.


Booked to appear at our Saturday afternoon concerts are:-


Saturday 31st July

2.00pm -2.40pm; Chris Euesden

2.40-3.20; Tommy Coyle

3.20-4.20; Richmond Hillbillies

4.20-5.00; Stan Graham

5.00-6.00; Judith Haswell and Trish McLean

Saturday 7th August

2,00pm-3.00pm; Les Rustiques

3.00-3.30; Iain Glover and Joolz Cavell

3.30-4.45; Broadband

5.00-6.00; Ramshackle

Saturday 14th August

2.00pm-3.00pm; The Old Humpy Band

3.00-3.30; Phil Cerny

3.45-4.45; Caramba

5.00-6.00; Blonde on Bob

Saturday 21st August

2.00pm-3.00pm; John Watterson

3.15-4.15; Duncan McFarlane Band

4.30-5.30; The Ale Marys

5.30-6-30; Alistair Russell

Saturday 28th August

2.00pm-3.00pm; White Sail

3.00-3,30; Eddie Affleck

3.45-4.45; Miles Salter

5.00-6.00; Duncan McFarlane Trio


And then at The Black Swan Folk Club on Thursday September 2nd we have some ‘very special guests’.

September also sees some more concerts co-promoted with York based promoters Please Please You.

At the Crescent Club, 8, The Crescent, York YO24 1AW we have:-

Sunday September 5th KEITH CHRISTMAS

a guitarist and singer-songwriter who many will remember from his folk club days in the 1970s as well as from his work with David Bowie and as support to many big names, Frank Zappa, The Who and King Crimson included.


And ELIZA CARTHY and RESTITUTE play The Crescent on Wednesday Sept 8th.

This booking was one of the first casualties of the pandemic, originally scheduled for April 2020. The band for the Restitute tour comprises Eliza Carthy, Ben Seal, Ben Somers, Willy Molleson and David Delarre with a support slot and special guest appearance from Saul Rose. In addition to the Restitute material, the band will perform songs from brand new recordings of original songs by Eliza Carthy and Ben Seal – taken from their forthcoming album ‘Through that Sound my Secret was Made Known’. Here it is over a year later and tickets are now available.


Our final concert in September will be at the National Centre for Early Music, YORK on Sunday September 29th. It features highly acclaimed Devonian folk-singer JOHN SMITH.

Known for his intimate song-writing, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, he’s spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify. As a session musician he’s played guitar with artists as diverse as Joan Baez and Tom Jones. Tickets from:-


Moving into October and at The National Centre for Early Music another event postponed from April 2020.

KATHRYN ROBERT and SEAN LAKEMAN appear at the NCEM on Wednesday October 20th.

2021 marks 26 years of making music together for this wife and husband duo who have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most enduring partnerships. To celebrate they will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From folk supergroup ‘Equation’ to the current release ‘Personae’. The evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. ‘It’s folk music for the modern age.’ The Telegraph

Tickets are available now:-


We’re at the Crescent Club once again on Wednesday November 3rd for the return of a fantastic trio with three of the folk world’s most outstanding performers and musicians. John McCusker, John Doyle, and Michael McGoldrick are the trio in question collectively known as McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle and tickets for this event are now on sale:-


The National Centre for Early Music is the venue for Scottish songstress RACHEL SERMANNI on Tuesday November 23rd touring in support of her recently released ep ‘Swallow Me’ that charts her journey to motherhood with songs written predominantly while pregnant and on tour in the USA.

Those already familiar with Sermanni’s music will know her from her appearances at Celtic Connections and her associations with Mumford and Sons, Elvis Costello and Rumer.

'Think Joni Mitchell meets Lisa Hannigan, with a delectably eccentric Scottish twist'-The Guardian

Tickets available from the NCEM Box Office or:- 


Back to the folk club room at The Black Swan and following on from our reopening on Thursday September 2nd here’s what else is in store:-

Thursday September 9th will be a Singers and Musicians night. The usual format for our popular ‘Come All Ye’

Thursday September 16th our guest is top banjoist DAN WALSH

A BBC Folk Awards Best Musician nominee Dan combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo, helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

We are also scheduling in Singers and Musicians Nights for Thursday September 23rd and Thursday September 30th.

Other Folk Club guests booked in for this year are:-

Thursday November 4th -Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

Thursday November 11th-Charlie Dore and Julian Littman

Thursday November 25th-Allan Taylor

Thursday Dec 2nd-Kaia Kater (another Stateside artist, originally from Canada)

Wednesday Dec 8th and Thursday Dec 9th Martin Carthy

Thursday Dec 16th the annual Folk Club Christmas Party.

Club closed Dec 23rd and 30th


Still with the Black Swan Folk Club room and there’s a very special afternoon show starting at 3pm on Sunday October 10th.

It will feature LIAM O MAONLAI the lead-singer from Gaelic folk rockers Hothouse Flowers. Support will be from locally based trio White Sail. This is a real scoop so early booking is essential. Tickets are on sale now



The rearranged date for the long-awaited show from GRACE PETRIE is now slated for next year. It’s Mon May 23rd 2022. This will be at The Crescent Club and tickets purchased for the previously postponed dates are valid for the new date. Alternatively if the new date is inconvenient you will be able to get a refund.


Just before going to press we’ve learned that DELLA MAE who were to have performed in concert for us in September have now postponed their tour until 2022. Tickets already purchased are refundable or will be valid for the new date which will be announced shortly. Another American performer singer-songwriter KATY MOFFATT who was to have appeared at The Black Swan on October 28th has also decided to postpone her tour until later. Hopefully we’ll be seeing Katy once again in 2022.                 


To check out all ticket links and more info go to Ticket links are posted on the club website as we put them on sale.
Updates are also announced on our Facebook page and on Twitter. We will keep you updated with the newsletters as well.


Not a Black Swan Folk Club event but if you’re looking for a folk festival this summer then The Magpies are running their own folk and acoustic festival at Sutton Park near York. The date is Saturday August 14th and all the information is here:


Just to remind you the first of our Black Swan Folk Club car park concerts is this Saturday July 31st and we’ll be building up the momentum with live folk and acoustic music from thereon. Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Chris and The Black Swan Folk Club