Black Swan Folk Club

Club Programme

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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.

Doors open at 7:45pm each Thursday, 7pm at the NCEM

Singers & Musicians Night
29th August 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
The Hunch
5th September 2019
£9 advance £10 on the door (students half price)
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A first-time appearance at the club for this band singing and playing a variety of Irish folk, Americana, Blues and Flamenco. The Hunch features Michael Doonan, founder member of the legendary 70s folk-rock band Hedgehog Pie. Michael comes from a famous Tyneside musical dynasty. His father John was an all Ireland piccolo champion and a leading figure in the UK 60's folk revival. Michael is joined by Bob Thomas (percussion/harmonica) a member of folk-rock outfit Kitsyke Will, Chris Hanks(guitar/vocals) and Tony Bacon (keyboards/accordion/vocals) both from West Yorkshire’s thriving roots music scene. Expect a collective ready wit, an easy rapport with the audience and a gig which is tasteful, exciting, assured, soulful and enjoyable.
The Furrow Collective in concert at The Crescent
8th September 2019
£15 in advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (also on Hudson Records). November 2018 saw their third album ‘Fathoms’, produced by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell. On it, the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into old folk songs. The Furrow Collective tour extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song, and now comes their York debut.
Reg Meuross
12th September 2019
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
19th September 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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MNDA Fundraiser: Martin Carthy and Wizz Jones at The Crescent
24th September 2019
£20 advance
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
A VERY SPECIAL EVENT AT THE CRESCENT COMMUNITY VENUE, OFF BLOSSOM STREET. We continue our fundraising efforts for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with an exciting double bill featuring two of the longest serving and most influential singer/guitarists on the British folk and acoustic music scene, both of whom have made multiple appearances in York during our club's lifetime.
Singers & Musicians Night
26th September 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
3rd October 2019
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) Andy Irvine
7th October 2019
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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.
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Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton: Words and Music
10th October 2019
£13 in advance / £15 on door / on sale soon
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Iain Matthews’s critically acclaimed memoir Thro’ My Eyes was written in collaboration with author, broadcaster and storyteller Ian Clayton. The book is structured around a series of Matthews’s songs and illustrated by the stories that inspired them. Tonight they bring the book to life with a new music and words show. Ian Clayton will read stories from the book interspersed with live songs from Iain Matthews. The show will follow the story of Iain’s life, from a Scunthorpe childhood obsessed with football and music, to thrusting himself into the heart of Carnaby Street in the swinging-sixties. In 1967, he was recruited as lead vocalist for folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention before embarking on a hugely successful and prolific career as a solo artist and in the groups Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, including a No. 1 ht single with ‘Woodstock’. In 1973,when an invitation was extended to record in LA with ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, Iain took it with open arms. The opportunity to work with musicians and songwriters he had admired from afar led him to stay; he lived and worked in the USA for the next 27 years, through highs and lows, with extended stints in Los Angeles, Seattle and Austin. In 2000, in an an act of personal and professional renewal, he moved to the Netherlands, where he still lives and works to this day. Throughout those fifty years, Iain has never stopped working, with music driving him forward every step of the way. The show will be a highly entertaining and intimate occasion, rich in stories and wonderful live music, presenting the story of an artistic life through the eyes of one of our most enduring singer-songwriters.
Christine Collister & Michael Fix
17th October 2019
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) The Unthanks The Emily Brontë Song Cycle
This concert is now SOLDOUT.
23rd October 2019
£22 / Concessions £20
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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.
The Unthanks invite us into the darkly passionate world of Emily Brontë, with a song cycle bearing all the quiet beauty they are known and loved for. Commissioned to mark Brontë’s 200th birthday, and using her original cabinet piano to write on, Yorkshire born Unthanks composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of her poems into song, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank and recorded in the Parsonage in Haworth where Emily lived and worked. Captured and released as Part 3 of Lines - a trilogy of records inspired by female writers across time - this live performance of The Emily Brontë Song Cycle will also feature songs from the other records that make up Lines, promising an atmospheric evening, and at its heart, a unique collaboration between a literary great and one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands working today. “The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them.” Martin Freeman “There are few times when you hear an album or discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear.” Maxine Peake. PLUS special guests The Bookshop Band
Singers & Musicians Night
24th October 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
Dan McKinnon
31st October 2019
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Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Winter Wilson
7th November 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Sarah McQuaid
14th November 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Singers & Musicians Night
21st November 2019
£3 on door / Students £2 / Performers £1
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.
(NCEM Concert) The Kitty Macfarlane Band
25th November 2019
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
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Allan Taylor
28th November 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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The Trials of Cato
5th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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Flossie Malavialle
12th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
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(NCEM Concert) A Winter Union
16th December 2019
National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
This concert takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.
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Christmas Party
19th December 2019
Free
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
Club Closed
26th December 2019
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York