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Live Music at the Black Swan Folk Club
Music at York Barbican
National Centre For Early Music
Kennedy's York

Live Music At Kennedy's
Live Jazz Every Sunday, 1-4pm.
The perfect accompaniment for a delicious Sunday dinner, freshly roasted by our awesome chefs.

Open Mic Night hosted by Kell Chambers
Every Thursday, 9pm to late
Hosted by BBC Introducing regular Kell Chambers, grab a table by the stage and enjoy York’s finest local musicians.

Kennedy's, Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX

Joe Alexander Shepherd
Saturday 7 March 2020
National Centre For Early Music
We are truly delighted to be holding this unique, live music event at the iconic National Centre for Early Music with the incredible pianist Joe Alexander Shepherd.

The evening will include classical, original music from Joe on the piano, and special guest appearances from Isaac Collier on cello, and singer/songwriter Rachel Croft.

This musical event will be filled with beautiful, moving and unforgettable music with all proceeds from the evening going towards the Charlie Gard Foundation, who support families affected by mitochondrial disease.

To book your tickets please email or call 07853 070201.

National Centre For Early Music, York

The National Centre for Early Music is based in a medieval church in York. Home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the NCEM promotes a year-round series of jazz, world, folk and early music concerts as well as a thriving education programme and Venue Hire.
York Unitarian Chapel

Occasional Fridays Lunchtime Concert 12:30
Friday 13 March 2020
York Unitarian Chapel St Saviourgate YO1 8NQ
Song recital by Alistair Donaghue, baritone accompanied by Chris Strange, piano. Music by Bach, Handel, Schubert and John Ireland. Tickets on the door £5. more..
Kirsty Merryn

Live At FortyFive • Kirsty Merryn
Saturday 21 March 2020
Fortyfive Vinyl Cafe, 29 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JH
“Kirsty Merryn is a folk singer and composer of extraordinary skill.... destined to be a big star. ****” - Sunday Express

Kirsty Merryn is one of the most unique singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, performing original and traditional songs on piano and voice. Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with jazz and classical influences. She weaves a spell over the audience as she tells stories via piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, and delivered in crystal clear, soaring vocals.

In 2020 Kirsty will be releasing her highly anticipated second album, “Our Bright Night”; tales of the supernatural, the dying of the light and of the land. Its a reflection on our relationship with the world we live in, both real and imagined, and the way in which ignorance to social issues can result in devastating results. It takes full advantage of Kirsty’s pure voice and deft piano skills, placing the piano firmly at the centre of the songs. There are guest appearances from folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) who provides violin on opening track “The Bands of the Sweet Primroses” and Sam Kelly who joins Kirsty to perform a duet on track “Shanklin Chine.”
Requiem Aeternam: Fauré & Michael Haydn
Saturday 28 March 2020
York Minster
On 28 March at 7.30pm in York Minster, York Musical Society Chorus and Orchestra will perform Fauré's Requiem and Michael Haydn's Requiem in C minor: two requiems in one concert, but separated by over 100 years and very different in style.
Fauré’s ever-popular and well-loved Requiem, first performed in 1890, uses a shortened version of the funeral mass and is serene, calm and peaceful (and full of haunting melodies). Michael Haydn is the lesser-known younger brother of Josef Haydn. His rarely performed but exquisite Reguiem is said to have inspired Mozart’s own final work.
Come and savour these distinct interpretations with the 120+ voices of York Musical Society, conducted by David Pipe. Soloists are: Anna Prosser (soprano), Kate Symonds-Joy (mezzo-soprano), Robert Anthony Gardiner (tenor), Alex Ashworth (baritone).
Tickets: Nave £25/20; Aisle £12 (age 13-17 £6, accompanied children under 12 free); from York Minster Box Office ( or 01904 557256) or on the door.
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Family Dance Party

Ravin' Rascals Family Dance Party
Sunday 29 March 2020
The Crescent Community Venue, York
York’s favourite rave-themed family disco is returning to The Crescent this month, providing the ultimate rave experience for children and parents alike!

With a huge bubble machine, glitter face painting, smoke machines, giant colouring, a baby ball pool, UV paint, a massive parachute, energetic children’s entertainers AND a professional DJ playing massive dance hits, the stage will be set for kids and parents to hit the dance floor together. There’s even a fully licensed bar for the grown ups.

At Ravin’ Rascals, we provide a safe environment for kids to let loose, play and socialise with like-minded young ravers. And with lively activities designed to entertain partygoers of all ages, Ravin’ Rascals offers a unique opportunity for parents and children to party together as a family.

The fun starts at 2pm and ends at 4pm. This event is aimed at children under 7, but older siblings are also welcome to join in on the fun.

Tickets cost £8.50 per person (babes in arms go free). We also offer a variety of family or group tickets.
For more info, please visit :
Sunday 5 April 2020
The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, YORK YO31
A wonderful journey of song, celebrating some of the most iconic female singers and songwriters of the 60s, 70s and 80s. From musical theatre legends Julie Andrews and Barbra Streisand and pop sensations including Carole King, Karen Carpenter and Kate Bush, to the hilariously clever comedy of Victoria Wood, this programme has something for everyone. Every song delivered by Jessa Liversidge in her trademark style :- heartfelt, pure vocals with emotional conviction and entertaining storytelling. Tickets

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Haxby Road. YO31 8TA Show on Map
Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office 01904 501935
York Ted-fest 4
Saturday 11 April 2020
Venue: The Huntington WMC
A celebration of teddy boy rock n roll ..rockin and rollin since the 1950s and still going strong. this is ted-fest number 4 and we have crazy cavan and the rhythm rockers (who are celebrating 50 years of rockin this year 2020) with from Glasgow the port town rockers and top rock n roll d.j. from Doncaster the big bopper. .there will be six hours of non stop rock n roll..
The Boomtown Rats

The Boomtown Rats, ‘Citizens Of Boomtown,’ UK Tour
Saturday 25 April 2020
The Boomtown Rats will mark 2020 (The Year Of The Rat) with a UK tour to support their first new studio album since 1984 and singer Bob Geldof’s new book entitled, Tales Of Boomtown Glory.

Formed in Dublin in 1975, The Boomtown Rats became part of the burgeoning punk scene and went on to make history. Racking up 6 era-defining albums, The Boomtown Rats were the first Irish band to have a UK #1 with their hit, Rat Trap as well as their single, I Don’t Like Mondays, which went to the top of the charts in 32 countries.

Singer Bob Geldof’s defiant motormouth arrogance and flagrant disrespect for authority endeared him and his band to every youth who felt weighed down by the heavy handed blandishments of church and state. In the UK The Boomtown Rats first toured with the Ramones and Talking Heads, rocking and mocking the status quo alongside the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers. They became one of the biggest bands of the late 70s/80s with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards and Ivor Novellos.

In 1984, inspired by a TV report on the famine in Ethiopia, Bob Geldof organized the star-studded Band Aid and co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas," one of the biggest-selling singles in history. The next year he organised Live Aid.

When The Boomtown Rats took a break after 6 albums and countless singles it seemed the right time. They went off to their different lives. Bob Geldof made 7 solo albums. Then something pulled them back into each other’s orbit. It felt unforced, entirely natural and the rage and frustrations that drove the earlier incarnation of the band was no less tempered by time or life.

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