Black Swan Folk Club

Virtual Folk Club

While the club's closed we're organising a Black Swan Virtual Folk Club on YouTube. The club nights are being uploaded as a series of Playlists with a new one every Thursday.

6th June 2020 - City of York (Roland Walls) Folk Weekend

This years City Of York Folk Weekend was to have been held in memory of our long time friend and club organiser Roland Walls. Unfortunately, worldly events have meant the cancellation of many live performances, including ours. So here is our Virtual Concert in his memory. Many of the Bands, Singers and Musicians who would have been at this years event are here to add their thanks to Roland for his efforts in supporting live music in and around York.

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Previous Events

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2nd July 2020 - Singers Night

It's a singer's night this week with some very special; guests. Original songs from John Storey and Paul Culkin and a self composed tune from Toni Bunnell kick things off. There's some 'blues' from David Ward Maclean, an old Elvis standard from Graham Hodge, and then we have some festival clips from The Mile Roses and Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies interspersed with another original from Edwina Hayes. Finally we once again have a special 'virtual' appearance from Bob Fox who rounds things off with 'Ramblin' Rover'.

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25th June 2020 - Iain Matthews Special

It's a year ago now since the passing of our late club organiser Roland Walls who we all remember with great affection. Roland's favourite artist was Iain Matthews who appeared at the club several times, the latest appearance being on Oct 10 2019 on the Words and Music tour with writer Ian Clayton. Tonight's 'virtual' club, which Roland would have enjoyed immensely, is an Iain Matthews special introduced by club resident Stan Graham with his own song 'Fragile'

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18th June 2020 - Chris and Kellie While

This week's 'virtual' club has an outdoor feel to it to tie in with the easing of the 'lockdown'. To kick off we have 'Ride On' recorded in the garden and performed by Paula Ryan, Reen Onion and Chris Bartram. Then Nerina moves indoors to do a solo version of Cold Hailey Windy Night. We're outdoors again with a festival set from Chris and Kellie While who would have been our guests this evening. This one recorded at Abbotsbury in 2015.

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11th June 2020 - Singers Night

The first Thursday after our annual Folk Weekend is pretty much always a Singers Night and this year even though we're in Virtual mode the same thing applies. Stan Graham covers Gordon Lightfoot to kick things off, followed by a couple of clips from Folk Weekends gone by from White Sail and Martin Heaton. Then we have a relative newcomer to the club making her second appearance. Sharon Garner sings her own composition Ballintoy Harbour. Another local songwriter David Swann sings his own song Fair Rosedale and Les Wild who first appeared for us on last week's Playlist performs his version of Jackson Browne's These Days. Club regular Paul Culkin makes his first 'Virtual' appearance with his song 'Back to Back'. Local favourite David Ward Maclean is next up followed by a snippet from Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence at the Edinburgh Folk Club. We close tonight's session with a song from the late great Vin Garbutt . The 3rd anniversary of Vin's passing was last Saturday June 6. He will always be a Black Swan favourite.

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4th June 2020 - Singers Night

As usual we have a singers night the Thurs before what would've been our annual Folk Weekend. Regulars Chris Euesden, Stan Graham and Louis Gibb are joined by Sharon Garner and Les Wild dropping in for the first time. Martyn Wyndham-Read who last played at The Black Swan in August last year accompanied by accordianist Iris Bishop provides us with a performance recorded 'down under' and local club favourites singer-songwriters Edwina Hayes and Holly Taymar join forces for an old standard accompanied by Carl Hetherington on keyboards. To round off there's a couple of songs from Bob Fox another club favourite who gave us a fine night at the club last summer. We're back with another 'Virtual' club in a few days time on Saturday to take the place of the City of York Roland Walls Folk Weekend 2020.

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28th May 2020 - Katy Moffatt

We have an Americana theme tonight. The great US singer-songwriter Katy Moffatt would have been our guest tonight if not for 'lockdown',. She's provided us with some memorable nights at The Black Swan in the past and tonight she's here 'virtually'. We also have floor spots from The Richmond Hillbillies and a couple of songs from Chris Euesden who introduces the evening.

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21st May 2020 - John Ward and Allan Taylor

This evening we have Judith Haswell with a couple of songs including one from the pen of Bruce Springsteen. Judith is also joined by her singing partner Trish McLean for a version of 'The Trees They Do Grow High'. Steve and Dee Marshall cover Van Morrison and Eddie Affleck performs the traditional tune 'Pretty Saro' and the old Yiddish song popularised by Joan Baez 'Donna Donna' followed by Stan Graham with his own First World War composition about 'The Bradford Pals'. Tonight at the 'real' Black Swan Folk Club the guests were to have been The John Ward Trio from Suffolk but 'virtually' we have John singing his song 'Stornoway to Lowestoft'. To round off the evening songwriter Allan Taylor gives us 'Some Dreams' one of his most popular tunes harking back to a great night with him at the club last November. We'll be seeing Allan again at the Black Swan November 2021.

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14th May 2020 - Roisin Ban

Another 'Virtual' Folk Club will be posted from 7pm tonight with our special guests specialising in Irish traditional music ROISIN BAN

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8th May 2020 - Invited Singers

Tonight May 7 was to have been the start of a new idea. An Invitation Singers and Musicians Night where we follow the usual format but also ask a few selected performers if they'd drop in and give us a song or a tune. So tonight we have club regulars Paula Ryan, John Storey, Stan Graham, Eddie Affleck and Louis Gibb plus some old footage of Judith Haswell with her singing partner Trish Mclean from Teeside. Special invitations have been extended to The Richmond Hillbillies, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Iris Bishop and to round off the evening the late and sorely missed Vin Garbutt.

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30th April 2020 - Other Roads

Tonight at the Black Swan Folk Club it was to have been a first guest appearance for the trio OTHER ROADS. Instead you can see them 'in concert' recorded in Germany a few years ago. Club regular David Swann kicks things off with a couple of his own songs and there's a special appearance from club favourite Edwina Hayes.

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23rd April 2020 - Singers Night

Singers and Musicians night at the virtual Folk Club

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16th April 2020 - Brooks Williams

Our second Virtual Folk Club this evening with guest Brooks Williams and we aren't deleting any of these events so watch it any time you want.

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9th April 2020 - Chris While and Julie Matthews

Trying this out for the first time. Our first virtual club night with guests CHRIS WHILE and JULIE MATTHEWS.

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