January events at The Black Swan

January 2019 is a five Thursday month, so we begin (3rd) and end (31st) with Singers and Musicians Nights. In between, we have three contrasting but equally listenable guests to entertain you, beginning with Jez Lowe on 10th January. Jez is one of our firmest favourites, another singer who has appeared countless times at the club over his long career. He is an outstanding songwriter and performer in the folk world, and a leading musical ambassador for his native North East England. We expect to hear a selection of his finely crafted originals, and perhaps also a few reworked traditional songs from his current Dillen Doll novel and CD project. Tickets are £11 in advance or £12.50 on door and given how popular Jez can be, early booking is advised!

Jon Palmer and his Otley-based folk, roots and rock & roll combo gave us a great debut show in 2016, so we had no hesitation in inviting them back for a re-match. Catch The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band on Thursday 17th January The line-up is guitars, mandolin, double bass, violin and percussion, with Jon their songwriter and lead singer, joined by Nick Settle, Wendy Ross, Roy Whyke, Ricky Silvers and Matt Nelson. Tickets for this one are £9 in advance or £10 on the door.

On Thursday 24th January we switch our focus to North America, with the debut visit by a very promising Kentucky-based female folk duo called The Local Honeys. Singers Linda Jean Stokley (fiddle) and Montana Hobbs (banjo) fuse Appalachian and bluegrass folk traditions and are dedicated to the preservation of old songs and tunes, alongside creating new music within those traditions. They can certainly tear into hard driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound, and tell a damn good story. We would urge you to come along and check them out. Tickets are again £9 in advance or £10 on the door.

Also in January, The pub is running their usual event for the annual York Residents Festival. York’s Winter Folk Day will be on Sunday 27th January, when there will be afternoon and evening concerts in the upstairs room at the Black Swan, featuring a range of singers and groups who are based in or close to York. As a Residents Festival event, this will be entirely FREE to holders of York Cards and local SU cards. Non-York residents are also welcome to attend if there is space, although we may ask you for a token financial contribution.

The Winter Folk Day provisional afternoon line-up looks like this (note that there is still one slot which is awaiting confirmation): 2.00 White Sail, 2.30 Toni Bunnell, 3.00 Stan Graham, 3.20 Two Black Sheep & A Stallion, 3.50 tbc, 4.20 The Old Humpy Band, 4.50 Judith Haswell, 5.10 Phil Cerny. 5.30 Break. Music resumes in the evening: 7.30 Ian Pybus & Annie Curran, 8.00 Leather’o, 8.30 Crispin Halcrow, 9.00 Paula Ryan, 9.30 Ramshackle, 10.30 End. Stan Graham, Phil Cerny and Paula Ryan will be sharing MC duties, Chris Euesden and Eddie Affleck will be looking after the PA, with help from several other volunteers, and it should be a thoroughly enjoyable day. Put the date in your diary now!