The Black Swan’s March line up again contains a hugely popular act which visits us regularly, some local favourites, and a highly rated first-time visitor. First up, we welcome back Anglo-French trio The Churchfitters on 7th March. If you have ever seen them before, you will know that this is a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we host. Churchfitters’ shows almost always sell out, so book early! Tickets are £12 in advance.
Otley-based trio Yan Tan Tether did one half of an enjoyable double bill two years ago and have also opened before at the NCEM. They return for a full booking on 14th March. Rosie Knighton, Tess Leslie and Lynne O’Malley have built a glowing reputation around Yorkshire. While they do play instruments such as banjo, guitar and fiddle, their hallmark is beautiful acapella arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs, with spine-tingling harmonies and rollicking good choruses. This one is £8 in advance or £9 on the door.
The Shetland-based singer Jenny Sturgeon makes an auspicious York debut on 21st March with her Trio. Jenny writes songs rich with imagery, inspired by folklore, history and the natural world. “She brings together the old and new with a rare skill” said one review. She also plays in the critically acclaimed alt-folk band Salt House, while in her own trio she is joined on fiddle and guitar by two top class Scottish players, Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie). This should be a must for all lovers of Scottish acoustic music. Tickets are £10 in advance or £11 on the door.
The Singers & Musicians Night for March then takes place on Thursday 28th.
There are a further pair of concerts at the NCEM in March, both of which are now open for booking. On Monday 11th March we present The Rheingans Sisters, with Judith Haswell as the support act. Rowan and Anna Rheingans make playful, powerful and deeply connecting music that is wholly contemporary while firmly anchored in European folk traditions. They have developed a rich artistic approach to music from British and continental cultures, alongside their own beguiling compositions (one of which was voted Best Original Track in the 2016 Folk Awards). Audiences everywhere are captivated by the sisters’ full-hearted live shows, with their adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar and percussion. Tickets are £16 full price or £14 concessions.
The second NCEM event in March is a very special MNDA fundraiser on Tuesday 26th, with Martin Simpson and Chris While & Julie Matthews giving us their many talents in support of a good cause.