Black Swan Folk Club

E-Newsletter 247

October 2021

 Hello everyone


If you’ve been along to the Folk Club in the last few weeks you’ll know that we are well and truly up and running once again. We had a full house in the club room with the front man from Hothouse Flowers, Liam O’Manolai last Sunday afternoon and it was what can only be described as a ‘legendary’ gig. Liam was more than ably supported by York’s White Sail plus flautist Jacquelyn Hynes. The whole event was an astounding success.

The club continues this Thursday evening (October 14) in the club room with an ‘open mic’ style evening (Singers & Musicians) including a feature spot from our resident singer-songwriter Stan Graham.. We’ve decided to change the format of our Singers & Musicians evenings by including a feature spot from one of our resident singers. As always everyone is still welcome to come along and perform a few songs, tunes or poems. In addition we’ve decided to use the club PA system on these nights as well giving us a good reason to rename these ‘Come All Ye’ evenings ‘open mic’. We’ll be running an ‘open mc’ evening with a featured resident performer every Thursday in October and then come November we’ll revert to an ‘open mic’ with a feature spot once a month, with special guests plus floor spots on the other Thursdays.

The line up until the end of 2021 looks like this:-  

14th Oct.  Open Mic featuring  Stan Graham

21st Oct.  Open Mic featuring  Toni Bunnell  

28th Oct.  Open Mic featuring  Eddie Affleck


4th Nov-Hannah Sanders and Ban Savage-Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together’ Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless,  ‘Awesome… supremely divine’ Americana UK .Tickets for this one are £11 in advance.


11th Nov. Edwina Hayes-Edwina is one of our favourite club guests. Her beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. She has opened shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison and the title song of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by the late Nanci Griffiths who called her 'the sweetest voice in England'. Her cover of the Randy Newman song 'Feels Like Home' was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over ten million plays on You Tube.' Tickets are £11 in advance.


18th Nov. Open Mic featuring Chris Euesden


25th Nov. ALLAN TAYLOR- A man who’s played the club to sell out audiences many times over the years and surely needs no introduction. Allan Taylor is one of the last of the travelling troubadours who came through the London and New York Greenwich Village folk music scene of the sixties and seventies. He’s travelled the world performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs. Considered to be one of the foremost singer-songwriters and guitarists in his genre, with more than one hundred and fifty recorded versions of his songs by artists in ten different languages, he’s made more than twenty CDs/Albums and continues to write, record and tour throughout Europe. Advance tickets are on sale at £13.20.


2nd  Dec. Graham Hodge-Another Black Swan favourite. It is our pleasure to once again present a full evening with this much admired and applauded local singer. Expect a sublime choice of modern folk and popular covers, as well as some well-crafted originals.  A gifted guitarist with a rich voice and relaxed style. Not to be missed! Advance tickets are priced at £11.


8th   Dec. MARTIN CARTHY   

9th   Dec.  MARTIN CARTHY -Two nights with a folk music legend. Martin is back with what has become his bi-annual residency at The Black Swan Folk Club. For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. For each show tickets are priced at £16.50 in advance.


16th Dec. is the annual Black Swan Folk Club Christmas Party-the usual  ‘open mic’ with Christmas songs, a Christmas buffet and a Christmas raffle (free admission).


For all club events held at The Black Swan advance tickets can be purchased on-line from

No advance tickets for the ‘open mic’ evenings. Please contribute a minimum donation of £3 on the door.


As well as folk music in the club room our concert programme continues at the National Centre for Early Music and at the Crescent Club in York.


KATHRYN ROBERT and SEAN LAKEMAN are at the National Centre for Early Music on Wednesday Oct. 20th, at 7-30pm

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:-


At the Crescent Club, Wednesday Nov. 3rd heralds 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 collectively known as McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle Tickets for this event are now on sale:-


The National Centre for Early Music is the venue for Scottish songstress RACHEL SERMANNI on Tues Nov. 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:- 


The rearranged date for the long-awaited show from GRACE PETRIE is 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.

And the rearranged date for USA Bluegrass band DELLA MAE will now be 30 August 2022 Tickets are available for both these shows at


Other folk related events coming soon include:-


A belated Bob Dylan 80th Birthday Bash at The Crescent Club in YORK

featuring BLONDE on BOB (‘Nothin’ But Dylan’) and FREEWHEELIN’. This one was to have taken place in May on the actual birthday but for obvious reasons had to be postponed.

There’ll be two bands playing the songs of Bob Dylan plus a few surprises. It’ll take place on Monday October 18th at 8pm and tickets priced £11 are now on sale at:-


Toni Bunnell will be presenting her new audio-visual show ‘Tracking the Changes’ featuring songs from her new book ‘Across the Years’ on Sunday Nov 14th, 2pm at York R.I. Bowls Club, Ashton Lane York YO24 4HX. Admission is £5 otd.


And just announced SETH LAKEMAN will be appearing at The Crescent Club in York on Monday December 13th.


Finally we were very grateful that acclaimed singer-songwriter Anne Lister dropped in on spec at our last ‘open mic’ evening to perform a few songs. Anne is doing a series of on-line song-writing workshops in November. If you’re interested, go to her website or send an email to


That’s it for this Newsletter, keep well and looking forward to seeing you soon.

Chris and The Black Swan Folk Club