fRoots poll
and Mojo 2011 Folk Album Of The Year  for Ragged Kingdom with June Tabor.
And over the years, 5 times BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners, hey!

collage with Sean
       collage by Volker Neumann

Welcome to Oysterband's official website...

...where our UK tour has successfully been rescheduled with extra dates!

2022 tour poster





Our new CD READ THE SKY will be on sale from Friday 4th March* from the usual places  -  including direct from the band at concerts and via this website that you're reading,

*Note  -  we WILL have CDs to sell at our shows in Denmark before March 4th, however.

DOWNLOADS will also be on sale March 4th, but pre-orders for downloads (with an immediate reward track) can be placed at iTunes and Amazon from Friday January 28th onwards.

It's been a strange job recording this one!  We hope you enjoy the fruit of our labours.


Something new for '22  -
(for people who've been *saving* money during lockdown...)


Best of the
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Every year from 1986, fRoots magazine asked a large international panel of experts – over 300 in recent times – to nominate the Album Of The Year.

After they announced the results of the 30th annual fRoots Critics Poll for Albums Of The Year in December, the magazine invited the public to vote online for their one favourite album out of all the winners and runners up in every year’s Critics Poll since it began in 1986, 120 albums in all.

And after a massive entry for the Best Of The Best, the placings were:

1. BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit) 1997

2. PAUL SIMON Graceland (Warners) 1986

3. BELLOWHEAD Hedonism (Navigator) 2010

4. JUNE TABOR & OYSTERBAND Ragged Kingdom (Topic) 2011

5. OYSTERBAND Holy Bandits (Cooking Vinyl) 1993

6. EMILY PORTMAN Hatchling (Furrow) 2012

7. ELIZA CARTHY Anglicana (Topic) 2002

8. THE HOME SERVICE Alright Jack (Making Waves) 1986

9. AURELIO Landini (Real World) 2014

10. JIM MORAY Low Culture (NIAG) 2008

Massive thanks to everyone who voted for us… only one act with two entries in the top ten!


New in the online shop  -  the return of the Oysterband Badge.  We found one on an ancient leather jacket (sigh...) and remembered we used to really like them many years ago.  Finally we've had some manufactured again, in hand-enamelled nickel  -  they look slightly different now, but the quality is better.  And the little running man is still running.


We're very pleased to say the LYRICS section of this website is now up and running at last.  Our thanks to Giolla Decair and Caz White, who did most of the work.  At 150+ songs it was no small task.  Now we can resolve those dressing-room arguments about "How did that one go??".....though possibly not the ones about which key it was in.


     (A version of) Oysterband in 2015 at Bow Lake AB, Canada. Happy days...   Photo: Ben Malone


If goods you receive from us are damaged or unsatisfactory, we will replace, refund or exchange them (at your choice) up to the same listed price. This does not affect your statutory rights.

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A memento of the Oysterband & June Tabor "Fire & Fleet" Tour, November 2019


A message to COP26....and everyone else:






Feb 22  Turbinen  Randers  [DK]  -  NEW !
Feb 23  Kinovino  Nyborg  [DK]
Feb 24  Teater  Horsens  [DK]
Feb 25  Fuglsøcentret  Knebel  [DK]
Feb 26  Halkær Kro  Halkær  [DK]
Feb 27  Bispen  Haderslev  [DK]
Mar 01  Folketshus  Struer  [DK]
Mar 02  Rampelys  Silkeborg  [DK]
Mar 03  Portalen  Greve, for Copenhagen
Mar 04  Sidesporet  Holbæk  [DK]
Mar 05  Industrien  Aarup  [DK]

Mar 06  Räucherei  Kiel  [DE]
Mar 07  Knust  Hamburg  [DE]
Mar 08  Piano  Dortmund  [DE]
Mar 10  Music Hall  Worpswede  [DE]
Mar 11  Markt7  Lathen  [DE]

Mar 12  Zeltik Festival  Dudelange  [LU]

Apr 22  Hairy Dog Folk Festival  Derby  [UK]

Apr 28  Corn Exchange  Exeter  [UK]
Apr 29  The Chapel  Salisbury  [UK]
Apr 30  Queens Hall Theatre  Cranbrook  [UK]
May 01  Guildhall  Gloucester  [UK]
May 03  The Apex  Bury St Edmunds  [UK]
May 04  St George's  Bristol  [UK]
May 05  The Sage Gateshead 2  Gateshead 
May 11  Y Theatre  Leicester  [UK]
May 12  Brudenell Social Club  Leeds  [UK]
May 13  Union Chapel  London  [UK]
May 14  RNCM Theatre  Manchester  [UK]
May 27  The Stables  Milton Keynes  [UK]
May 28  The David Hall  S Petherton  {UK}
May 29  The David Hall  S Petherton  [UK]
Jun 26  Gulbenkian Theatre  Canterbury  [UK]


June 28  Rose Theatre  Kingston-upon-
Thames,  Lomdon  [UK]


Jul 09 to 16  Cruise on the River Danube
  Passau - Regensburg - Linz - Melk - 
Vienna - Bratislava - Esztergom -
Budapest  [DE - AT - SK - HU]

Aug 04  Wickham Festival  Wickham  [UK]


   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

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