Black Swan Folk Club

Club Programme

Tickets for guest nights at the Black Swan are available from www.wegottickets.com. Search under venue "York Black Swan" or click on the links in the listings below. WeGotTickets charge a simple 10% booking fee on top of face value and email you a booking reference rather than posting a ticket, meaning you can book until 6pm on the day. Bring the booking reference number with you but do not bother to print out the whole booking confirmation.

Early booking is advised for very popular artists - we do sometimes sell out in advance!

Special concessionary rates (half the normal price on guest nights) are available for under-18s and full-time students.

All tickets are slightly cheaper if pre-booked at www.wegottickets.com compared to prices on the door.

Early Music Centre concert tickets are handled by the NCEM Box Office, either online or on 01904 658338.

Singers Nights are "pay-on-the-door" only events.

The Black Swan Folk Club has a guest performer most Thursday nights. Doors open at 7:30pm and the night starts at 8.00pm with the MC and a couple of local performers followed by 2 x 45 minute spots from our guest finishing at approx 10-45pm. Open Mic nights are held on average about once a month. Doors open at 7-30pm, music starts at 8pm through to 11pm.

OPEN MIC
25th July 2024
£3 on the door no advance tickets 3
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
As always everyone is welcome to the Open Mic night singers, musicians and listeners. Using the PA is optional. Doors 7-3ppm start 8pm put your name down on the list at the door for a spot.
CLUB CLOSED DURING AUGUST
1st August 2024
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CLUB CLOSED DURING AUGUST
8th August 2024
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CLUB CLOSED DURING AUGUST
15th August 2024
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CLUB CLOSED DURING AUGUST
22nd August 2024
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CLUB CLOSED DURING AUGUST
29th August 2024
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JEZ LOWE
5th September 2024
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FLOSSSIE MALAVIALLE
12th September 2024
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EILIDH GRANT TRIO
19th September 2024
£14.30(inc bf more otd) 14.30
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Featuring Vocalist Eilidh Grant, Fiona Cuthill on Fiddle and Stevie Lawrence on Acoustic Guitar and Bouzouki, The Eilidh Grant Trio bring a wide range of musical influences together to create their unique sound. With a love for traditional and contemporary folk alike, underpinned by a passion for the works of Robert Burns, Eilidh’s voice beautifully renders both classic folk songs and original material and she has made a considerable impression with her performances throughout Scotland and abroad. Fiona Cuthill was classically trained in violin by Bill Baxter, who played in the renowned Halley Orchestra. After leaving school, she studied more traditional styles of playing and spent the next 10 years playing in ceilidh bands and sessions all over the country. She is in demand as a session musician and arranger and has appeared on many CDs. A Tutor at Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, she is also a prolific composer and one of her tunes has been recorded by renowned Quebecois band Le Vent du Nord. The third member of the trio Stevie Lawrence joined the ranks of the group Iron Horse and recorded 3 albums with them(including the soundtrack to BBC networked series, “The GameKeeper”), as well as touring worldwide. After leaving Iron Horse, Stevie carved a career as session musician, arranger and producer and has worked with a diverse range of artists. He was also a member “The Red Hot Chilli Pipers” from 2007 – 2014 again touring worldwide.
ROBB JOHNSON
26th September 2024
£13.20 (inc bf more otd) 13.20
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Robb Johnson is a British musician and songwriter who has been called "one of the last genuinely political songwriters". He is known for his mix of political satire and wit. He's released more than 40 albums since 1985, either solo or in several collaborations. Robb Johnson says he’s just a bloke with a guitar. He is. But he’s one who has chronicled our times: painting the less-than-sunny political landscape in the moonlight of the personal. Just like a folk singer should. "Britain's finest songwriter since Richard Thompson"- Venue "An English original" - Robin Denselow, The Guardian
JESSE TERRY
3rd October 2024
£15.40 (inc bf more otd) 15.40
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A Black Swan Folk Club debut for this Americana singer and songwriter on tour from the USA. "Whatever magic potion the troubadours in Laurel Canyon were sipping on in 1971, Jesse Terry managed to track it down and take a deep gulp. Now on his seventh album, 'When We Wander', Terry performs his beautifully crafted songs to around 150 audiences a year from Bonnaroo to Americana Fest. Berklee College of Music shaped his talent, propelling him to a five-year staff writer role on Nashville's Music Row. Awarded in 'The John Lennon Songwriting Contest' and 'The CMT/NSAI Song Contest,' his music has appeared in Netflix , PBS and ABC shows. Spring 2023 welcomed his book, 'If I Were the Moon,' via Schiffer Publishing, inspired by his eponymous song.”
HALFWAY to St PATRICK'S NIGHT with PAULA RYAN
10th October 2024
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BROTHERS GILLESPIE
17th October 2024
£15.40 (inc bf more otd 15.40
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
An eagerly awaited return to the Black Swan Folk Club for The Brothers Gillespie. Described by Folk Radio UK as ‘weaving an especially compelling magic’, and 'showing British acoustic music in its best possible light’, this Northumbrian duo make music that is animated by lyrical songwriting, fine fingerstyle guitar playing, multi-instrumental musicianship and ‘the glorious tones of their blood harmony’ (Sam Lee).
JOHN FRANCIS FLYNN (Concert at the Crescent Club)
22nd October 2024
£17.60(inc bf more otd) 17.60
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The Crescent Club, 8 The Crescent, YORK, YO24 1AW
This concert takes place at the Crescent Club. 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW.
Innovative modern and quirky. If you saw this Dublin based singer and musician at The Crescent a couple of years ago you'll know that he's at the forefont of the new wave of Irish folk music. The release of his second album Look Over the Wall, See the Sky made a big impression and was a huge start to 2024. John masterfully unpicks traditional songs and rearranges them with an emotional force. They float in a surreal space between the past and the present, the analog and the digital, between love and tragedy..The unconventional use of instruments and jagged arrangements gives the work a magnetism by drawing you into its curious orbit of experimental folk. Look Over The Wall, See The Sky is a re-imagining of traditional Irish music: powerful, hopeful and free. John Francis Flynn is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who creates contemporary music using traditional and folk material. His debut album “I Would Not Live Always” was released on Rough Trade imprint River Lea Records in 2020, earning rave reviews and winning 2 awards at the RTE Folk Awards.
JACK RUTTER
24th October 2024
£15.40 (inc bf more otd 15.40
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We've hosted Jack Rutter at The Black Swan Folk Club on several occasions and are well aware of his great talent. This Is Something Constant is the outstanding third in a trilogy of albums of traditional songs. Joined by a swathe of exciting guest musicians including Patsy Reid and Mike McGoldrick, and produced by Joe Rusby, it is his best yet! Building on the momentum of the previous two albums, Jack is totally in his element, exploring rare trad songs – a combination of gripping story ballads and upbeat festival-stage firecrackers – stamping them with his trademark powerhouse guitar and bouzouki and soaring vocals treatment. Another chance to see Jack in an intimate club venue. ‘Singular and compelling; one of the finest singers in folk today’ – Songlines. “A fabulous album: Jack has a terrific voice and that rare thing – a total connect with the songs’ – Mike Harding ‘There can be no doubt that Jack Rutter is one of the finest interpreters of traditional song in the country’ – Folking.com
STICK IN THE WHEEL (Concert at the Crescent Club)
28th October 2024
£17.60 (inc bf more otd) 17.60
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The Crescent Club, 8 The Crescent, YORK, YO24 1AW
This concert takes place at the Crescent Club. 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW.
The radical East London duo are known for their intense live shows exploring the raw holler of folk, synths, spoken word and intricate rustic dobro guitar. Full-force reworkings of centuries-old work-songs speak to contemporary issues of class, using multi-layered sonic palettes to deeply reflect hidden histories, told with a razor-sharp authenticity. Stick In The Wheel have created their own London vernacular, a contemporary roots music that celebrates the collective stories and traditions of the city – conjuring the past to point toward the future.
KRIS DREVER (Concert at the Crescent Club)
6th November 2024
£19.25(inc bf) 19.25
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The Crescent Club, 8 The Crescent, YORK, YO24 1AW
This concert takes place at the Crescent Club. 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW.
Cherished and admired in equal measure by listeners and fellow musicians, award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and prolific collaborator Kris Drever has been a leading light on the UK roots scene for well over a decade. A highly skilled guitarist who adroitly blends traditional folk and flat picking with more contemporary influences – allied to a distinctively relaxed and poised vocal burr – Drever is an astonishingly fine interpreter of others’ songs, with an increasingly frequent knack for concocting seriously smart lyrical observations and earworm melodies of his own. Drever has played and recorded with an extensive range of artists including Mark Knopfler, Jack Bruce, Danny Thompson, Eddi Reader, Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Sarah Jarosz, Joan As Police Woman, Tinariwen, Karine Polwart and Julie Fowlis. Having grown up in Orkney, after leaving school and moving to Edinburgh he discovered the city’s thriving session scene in the early 2000s. After touring with numerous traditional acts his own profile flourished as part of revered folk experimental trio LAU and following the release of his much-loved debut solo LP Black Water in 2006. An album in collaboration with Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble and fiddler John McCusker, Before the Ruin, and a second solo album, Mark the Hard Earth, came soon after along with a steady stream of collaborative releases including last year’s visionary, nature-focused Spell Songs project.
HUNTER MUSKETT
7th November 2024
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CALAN (NCEM Concert)
13th November 2024
£22 22
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National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
A Mythical Musical Odyssey with CALAN. They emerge with a new, captivating narrative. Ancient tales of Welsh mythology are meticulously brought to life, transcending the pages of folklore to resonate through the enchanting melodies of harp, guitar, fiddle, accordion, and song. ‘Nefydd’ tells stories of murderous princes, thieving highwaymen and the triumphant resurgence of the heart of Welsh folklore. CALAN's versatility is legendary in itself. From intimate house concerts to the grandiose Royal Albert Hall, Calan have become modern day folk heroes themselves. They also notably graced operatic superstar Sir Bryn Terfel's most recent album, marking their triumphant return to the musical forefront.
AMY HOLLINRAKE TRIO
14th November 2024
£15.40(inc bf) more otd 15.40
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Amy Hollinrake is a rising artist emerging from the South-East London folk scene. Her songs re-imagine the stories in folklore and mythology through a modern feminist lens, soundtracked by her hauntingly beautiful and earthy brand of contemporary alt-folk. Musical touchstones include Joanna Newsom, Sandy Denny, Adrienne Lenker, and the new era of feminist folk artists such as Paris Paloma.
JOE TOPPING
21st November 2024
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CHRISTINE COLLISTER
28th November 2024
£17.60(inc bf more otd) 17.60
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‘......boundary breaking is routine for Collister and makes her one of the finest grown-up vocalists on the planet…’ – Q Touring for the first time in four years, Christine will be performing songs from the “Children of the Sea” project along with a selection of old favourites. 2024: Christine’s career now spans an incredible 40 years. Over that bridge of time she has released 24 albums, a DVD celebrating 20 years in the business and an acclaimed single with the BBC: the theme tune for “The Life and Loves of a She-Devil” in 1987. Throughout, she has mesmerized and astounded with her unique blend of soul, blues, pop, jazz, country and folk, and today she remains as powerful, subtle, effortless and relevant as ever. Collister grew up on the Isle of Man, and her professional recording career began after she moved to the UK in the mid 1980’s, when she came to national attention singing the theme for the BBC Television series The Life and Loves Of A She Devil. A period of great critical and commercial success when working with Clive Gregson was followed by a fruitful and enduring association with Richard Thompson. She is a magical live performer, with her gravity defying voice, assured and impressive live performances and great personal charm has become a familiar and popular name on the ‘live’ scene including major international festivals from Glastonbury to Cambridge, Winnipeg to Port Fairey. “ … a voice personally delivered by God.” The Times ‘Christine Collister has a killer voice. As full as Dusty Springfield or as blue as Alison Moyet’ – Froots To be released in 2024 - Children Of The Sea is a very special project of 9 original songs inspired by Manx Folklore and a magical sense of place. Part funded by the Isle Of Man Arts Council, Culture Vannin and Fledgling Records, The CD is accompanied by a beautiful book complete with lyrics, inspirations and stories with original illustrations by Manx artists. It promises to be Collister’s finest release and marks a turning point in her authentic artistic expression.
St AGNES FOUNTAIN (NCEM Concert)
2nd December 2024
£24.50(inc bf) 24.50
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National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
After such a successful concert last year at the National Centre for Early Music we immediately snapped up St Agnes Fountain once again to kick off our seasonal celebrations. The band includes Chris While (vocals, guitar, bodhran, dulcimer, banjo, darbuka and percussion), Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, accordion and gazouki) and Chris Leslie (fiddle, mandolin, tenor guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, banjo, oud, whistle, native American flute and anything else he can lay his hands on). Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the then quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. The band's founding member David Hughes passed away in 2021 but Chris, Chris and Julie have carried on to keep the Christmas Aggie spirit alive. They continue touring as a trio celebrating 24 years together with new material and those old Aggie classics. ‘The Aggie’s’ last album, Night Of A Million Stars included 9 brand new songs from the band and accompanied the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain and around the globe. As the reputation of the band reaches further afield, it is, without question, their magical live performances that has endeared them to an ever-growing audience.