February brings to the Black Swan another debut duo, more local favourites, and a return booking for two top players. February also sees the resumption of their folk concert programme at the NCEM venue.
Thursday 7th February brings a Black Swan debut for the award-winning Dorset duo Ninebarrow. Over the last 2 or 3 years Jon Whitley and Jay La Bouchardiere have been impressing audiences across England with their innovative take on the folk tradition and in 2017 they were nominated in the Horizon category, for best new act, in the BBC Folk Awards. Combining skilled musicianship with breath-taking vocal harmonies, they deliver great original songs inspired by landscape and history, alongside distinctively reworked traditional numbers. Tickets are £10 in advance or £11 on the door.
Leeds-based Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese, who appear on 14th February, are familiar faces in York. With his well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as regularly enjoyed with his full band at the pub’s Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a popular guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice traditional and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals. Tickets are £8 in advance or £9 on the door.
The exciting cross-generational partnership of Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson gave us a truly memorable full house performance five years ago and we are delighted to bring them back on 21st February. Alistair is of course a celebrated Northumbrian piper, concertina player and composer, while Dan is one of the finest young banjo players in Britain, as well as a superb singer and guitarist. We can expect some impressively dextrous and energetic musical fireworks. Tickets are £12 in advance or £14 on the door.
The Singers & Musicians Night for the month rounds off February on Thursday 28th.
February also brings us two eagerly anticipated NCEM shows. Phil Beer, best known as one half of Show Of Hands, visits York on his annual solo tour on Tuesday 12th February (almost exactly 10 years after he presented the pub with their Folk Club of the Year trophy at the 2009 BBC Folk Awards). Two weeks later, on Tuesday 26th February, there is a Celtic special with Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle. Popular North Yorkshire singer-songwriter Martin Heaton will be the support act. Both of these NCEM shows have been on sale for some time and indeed tickets are selling very well already.