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.

MIRANDA SYKES
23rd May 2024
£14.30(inc bf more otd) 14.30
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Miranda Sykes has visited the Black Swan Folk Club several times before but this is only the second time she'll be performing in a solo capacity. Of her solo venture she says- 'It feels like a lifetime ago that the world was in lockdown and the hugs and closeness of family and friends seemed like a far off dream. Many still have to be careful, many bear scars of the Pandemic and the long term effects of this on us all is yet to be realised. My new album ‘Out of the woods’ is a collection of songs that have seen me through my own journey of isolation, illness and recovery and I hope they bring you as much comfort as they did me over the past few turbulent years.' Miranda started her career as a musician in 1996 at the age of 18, playing bass guitar in a country rock band. After 2 years touring and playing for line dancing in working mens clubs across Britain, folk-rock band Pressgang were looking for a bass player. Miranda spent the next 2 years touring internationally with them. After a few years of musical promiscuity playing with Firebrand, Little Johnny England, Robb Johnson, Bill Jones, Steafan Hannigan, Reg Meuross, Kirsty McGee, The Phil Beer Band, Martyn Joseph and The Scoville Units; Miranda depped for Pete Zorn in the 2004 Show Of Hands festival band line up. She worked with them for the next 20 years. Miranda also found time for a short tour and album with the Miranda Sykes Band in 2005, duo album tours with mandolin player Rex Preston and 2 solo albums. 2024 brings a second tour with Hannah Martin, a new Baring-Gould Centenary project with Jim Causley, summer festivals with vocal group Daphne’s Flight, a tour with The Phil Beer Trio and a new solo album and tour “Out Of The Woods”.
OPEN MIC
30th May 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.
TONY McMANUS and JULIA TOASPERN
6th June 2024
£17.60 (inc bf more otd) 17.60
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Undoubtedly one of the finest musical nights we've had at the Black Swan Folk Club was when Tony and Julia last played here in 2022. On the eve of our annual City of York 'Roland Walls' Folk Weekend we're delighted to welcome them back for another intimate concert in the club room. “Tony’s music is beyond beautiful, it’s perfect” – Tommy Emmanuel “Julia’s bell like voice and her filigrane fiddle playing are thrilling. She moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar...” – Salon Festival Tony McManus is the leading celtic guitarist worldwide and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. While Tony is known as a soloist his frequent collaborations with diverse musicians have always been a significant part of his work. Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. On top of all this her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make an exciting fit with Tony’s work. Their twin guitar treatment of traditional music is unique and each supports the other in exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and not so old, tunes. Each of the pair both flatpicks and fingerpicks at the highest level but always at the service of the tune rather than a display of technique. Her violin can effortlessly morph into a fiddle as she weaves from Italian madrigal to Scottish reel. Julia’s songs go to the heart of love and loss, hope and survival and are inflected with musical input from a wide and eclectic experience of musical life. Tony’s and Julia’s arrangements are rooted in deep musicality and heartfelt expression. Having met over a conversation in Berlin about JS Bach, together they play and sing music that speaks to them and hopefully through them to a wider audience.
CITY of YORK 'Roland Walls' Folk Weekend Day 1 GAELFORCE
7th June 2024
£11(inc bf more otd) 11
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Celtic Folk Rock Band GAELFORCE kick off the City of York 'Roland Walls' Folk Weekend. An exciting new beginning for our annual 3 days of Folk and Roots music. Based in Yorkshire UK, GAELFORCE play rocked up traditional folk music plus self penned songs, jigs and reels in the traditional style. They feature Chris Dyson on fiddle and vocals (Mike Harding Band, Roisin Ban), Geoff Taylor guitars (Duncan McFarlane Band), Sammy Dowgill on vocals and bass and Jim Brierley vocals and drums plus Craid McIntosh on highland bagpipes (Pipe Major with the Los Angeles Pipe Band USA). This concert will be held in the marquee situated in the car park at the rear of the Black Swan.
CITY of YORK 'Roland Walls' Folk Weekend Day 2
8th June 2024
This is a free event.
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
As usual re have non-stop music over the Folk Weekend starting at 1pm on Saturday in the marquee situated in the car park behind the Black Swan Inn. Artists appearing include :- Monkey’s Fist, The Duncan McFarlane Band, Blonde On Bob 'Nothin' But Dylan', Chechelele, Holly Taymar, The Ale Marys and Les Rustiques. There'll also be music in The Wolfe Room upstairs in the Black Swan Inn. Artists featured here will be:- Mick O’Hara, Phil Pipe, Mary Callan Peter Lister and Tim Pheby from 3pm and then Phil Cerny Toni Bunnell, The Rattlers, John Storey, Martin Heaton, Judith Haswell and Stan Graham from 7pm through to 10-30pm. There's also a Come All Ye throughout the day in the front room downstairs.
CITY of YORK 'Roland Walls' Folk Weekend Day 3
9th June 2024
This is a free event.
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The second day of our 2024 Folk Weekend begins in the Marquee situated in the car park behind the Black Swan Inn at 12-50pm with music from:- The Bounty Hunters, Leather’o, The Old Humpy Band, Soundsphere, Edwina Hayes, White Sail and Caramba. There'll also be Morris dancing from the Minster Strays. The Wolfe Room concert upstairs in the pub starts at 3pm and features- Simon Alexander, Alex O’Neil, Paul Culkin, Tommy Coyle and The Barbarellas. From 7pm the line-up is Pen & Stu, Sarah Dean, Eddie Affleck, Chris Euesden, Paula Ryan and Stuart Giddens (from Blackbeard's Tea Party). To round off the weekend between 10 and 10-30pm we'll be having a Final Jam Session where anything can happen.
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.
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
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.