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!


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Photo: Judith Burrows

Welcome to Oysterband's official website...

Oysterband singer John Jones' new solo album Never Stop Moving was released on Friday 4th September (Westpark Music 87277).  It's available from our online shop.

There are 11 tracks, 8 songs by John and 3 traditional, and the album features his regular Reluctant Ramblers  -  Benji Kirkpatrick, Lindsey Oliver, Tim Cotterell, Rowan Godel, Al Scott, Boff Whalley.


Here comes something a little different   -   Oysterband as you don't quite know them,  Oysterband with a twist.

We're calling it Oysters3.

"The idea arose from Sidmouth and Shrewsbury Festivals asking us to do 'something different' as well as the regular Oysterband style of concert.  We offered them the songwriting heart of the band, the three founder members John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, as a trio   -   an evening of acoustic performance and not-entirely-discreet stories, with songs from every period of a pretty unusual career.  Up close and personal, to coin a phrase.

We more or less improvised the show at Sidmouth, and to our genuine astonishment it went down a storm.  And we wondered how on earth we'd never thought of doing this before!

So we're taking it out on a little tour in November and then January (see opposite).  Maybe only this once, who knows?  We'll see how it goes.  There are still a couple of festival dates for Oysters3 to be announced too.

Of course full Oysterband shows will be happening too  -  they won't be affected by this at all.

Anyway, we hope you'll come along and see what's what  -  should be a blast!"  (  -  Ian)


New in the online shop  -  the return of the Oysterband Badge.  We found one on an ancient leather jacket and remembered we used to really like them many years ago.  Finally we've had some manufactured again, in hand-enammelled 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.


Thanks to everyone who came to the sell-out revival of the Big Session idea on May 2nd/3rd in and around Buxton Opera House, with Oysterband, June Tabor, Blair Dunlop, Simon Care and High Peak musicians.  We think we can fairly call it a great success;  more may follow!

Here's a little studio clip of "A Clown's Heart", the first track on the current album Diamonds On The Water:


The new Oysterband studio album Diamonds On The Water  is our first collection of entirely new material in (gulp!) 7 years.

Naturally CDs are available from our website shop  as well as from Navigator Records and your usual retail outlets.  Buy early, buy often!

Downloads are available at (whole album only).  And you can view the CD booklet and digipak images here. 

    "From beginning to end, Diamonds On The Water is quite, quite brilliant." Folk Radio

    "You know this will become one of the Oysters' best-loved albums..." 

    "Gefühlvoll und äußerst melodiös"

    "...unglaublich eindrucksvoll und schön."  Legacy

    ""Revamped and revitalised Oysterband produce their best CD in    writing, playing and arranging out of the top drawer"    Maverick ***** (5-stars)
and who are we to disagree?

Tracks are:

    A Clown's Heart
    A River Runs
    Spirit Of Dust
    Lay Your Dreams Down Gently
    Diamonds On The Water
    The Wilderness
    Palace Of Memory
    Once I Had A Sweetheart
    No Ordinary Girl
    Call You Friend
    Steal Away
    Like A Swimmer In The Ocean

You can hear most of these new songs live at any of our upcoming gigs, so get your tickets now!




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Tour Dates 2015



  October 15  Homegrown Festival at The Met
  Bury  [UK]


  October 28  Kulturhus  Hemmet [DK]
  October 29  Stubhuset  Støvring [DK]
  October 30  Forsamlinghus  Drantum [DK[
  October 31  Halkær Kro  Halkær [DK]
  November 01  Bruunske Pakhus  Fredericia [DK]
  November 02  Bispen  Haderslev [DK]
  November 04  Kulturhuset  Skanderborg [DK]
  November 05  Industrien  Aarup [DK]
  November 06  Mediecnter  Aabybro [DK]
  November 07  Foderstoffen  Ringe [DK]



  November 16  Forest Folk  Boarhunt, Hampshire

  November 17  Colston Hall, The Lantern  Bristol
  November 20  Folk Roots and World Music   
  Ilfracombe [UK]

  November 21  Town Hall  Biddulph [UK]

  November 22  Cathedral Lodge  Canterbury [UK]

  January 15  Band On The Wall  Manchester [UK]
  January 16  Brewery Arts Centre  Kendal [UK]
  January 19  Old Fire Station  Carlisle [UK]
  January 20  Arts Centre  Southport [UK]
  January 21  Apex  Bury St Edmunds [UK]
  January 22  The Stables  Milton Keynes [UK]
  January 24  De La Warr Pavilion  Bexhill [UK]
  January 25  Folk Club  Nettlebed  [UK]
  January 26  St David's Hall 3  Cardiff [UK]
  January 27  Phoenix Arts Centre  Exeter [UK]

   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

   See John's website at       

    RAY 'CHOPPER' COOPER has left Oysterband
    to pursue a solo career. His dates and tour info
    can be found at  -  bon
    voyage och säker resa, friend!