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
13th June 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.
OPEN MIC
20th June 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.
ENDA KENNY
27th June 2024
£13.20 (inc bf) more otd. 13.20
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Enda Kenny is an Irish-born Australian folk-singer and songwriter. He's visited the Black Swan Folk Club before and given us some highly entertaining performances. Born in Dublin he migrated to Melbourne and released his debut album, Twelve Songs, in 1994. Though self-recorded and self-released, the album received generally solid reviews, and was described by the Sydney Morning Herald as "the best folk album to be released in this country since Eric Bogle's "Scraps of Paper" It was followed by Baker's Dozen in 1996, which received similarly positive reviews. A song from that album, Rabin, about assassinated former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, won the Lawson Paterson Award for Songwriting at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. After a brief hiatus, Kenny released his fourth album, Cloud Lining, in 2001 and then Here and There in 2005. In his review of Here and There, Sydney Morning Herald music reviewer Bruce Elder described Kenny as "the best folk singer-songwriter working in Australia. Kenny has regularly performed at a number of music festivals around the country, including the National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival. We welcome him back to the Black Swan Folk Club on this latest UK tour with a brand new album 'After the Interval' under his belt.
GRAHAM HODGE
4th July 2024
£8.80 (inc bf more otd) 8.80
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
One of our favourite singers, Graham will doubtless once again entertain us with some superb renditions of contemporary and traditional folk songs plus some of his own compositions. All of them expertly accompanied by his fine guitar style.
OPEN MIC
11th 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.
OPEN MIC
18th 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.
THE OLD HUMPY BAND
25th July 2024
£8.80 (inc bf more otd) 8.80
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A local band who we love to see along at The Black Swan Folk Club, The Old Humpy Band will be set to give us a send off with some fine folkie songs and tunes before we head off for our August break. Join us for the final Thursday folk evening of the summer.
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
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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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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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
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JACK RUTTER
24th October 2024
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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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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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.