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..


Our new album READ THE SKY is now on sale (as CD or Download) from the usual places. 

CDs can also be bought  direct from the band at concerts and via this website that you're reading,

DOWNLOADS are available from iTunes, Amazon etc.

It was a strange job recording this one!  But it seems to have been very well received. We hope you enjoy the fruit of our labours.


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

and the excellent THEA GILMORE


Best of the
                          Best med
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.


"...they tackle their task with rare urgency and valour, John Jones' voice still magnificent, and the tough arrangements and musical barrage around him delivered with blistering gusto."
                            -  Mojo ****

"A soundtrack for our times."

                            -  Folk London

And here's a track from it  -





Jun 26  Gulbenkian Theatre  Canterbury  [UK]

OYSTERBAND & JUNE TABOR  [only show together this year]

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]

Sept 08  Acapela Studio  Cardiff  [UK]

Sept 09  Folk Festival  Swanage  [UK]


Sept 22  Piano  Dortmund  [DE]
Sept 23  Markt7  Lathen  [DE]
Sept 24  Music Hall  Worpswede  [DE]
Sept 25  Räucherei  Kiel  [DE]
Sept 26  Knust  Hamburg  [DE]


Nov 24  Arts Centre  Pocklington  [UK]
Nov 25  Subscription Rooms  Stroud  [UK] Nov 26  Marine Theatre  Lyme Regis  [UK]
Nov 30  Wedgewood Rooms  Portsmouth 
Dec 02  Picturedrome  Holmfirth  [UK]
Dec 03  Hailsham Pavilion  Hailsham  [UK]


   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

   See John's website at