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Photo: Judith Burrows
Welcome to Oysterband's official website...
19 January 2015
" Thanks for all the messages of support. It was both uplifting and humbling to read so many and be aware that, at a dark time for me, many of you have been through similar times with friends and family. Cancer is a lonely place and believe me it helped.
I have written about my experience in some depth but that is not for now. My main goal at the moment is to heal inside, start moving and singing and be at every gig this year, beginning with Southport in 4 weeks' time. Being back on stage will ultimately be the best therapy for me.
In the meantime I am out in the country lanes measuring distance in gates rather than miles and waiting for the moment when I can open the gate and get out into the fields.
Meet you there, JJ"
9th January 2015
Hooray and congratulations to Zoe and our drummer Dil Davies on the just-after-midnight arrival of Phoebe June, a sister for Freddie! (It's been a heck of a week...)
JJ went in for surgery for bowel cancer just before Christmas. A tumour and part of his colon and lymph glands were removed. Clearly this has been a huge shock to John and everyone, and until we were sure of the outcome it has remained largely private.
John is now healing well but slowly and would like to give heartfelt thanks to the surgeons and nursing staff at Hereford Hospital for the skill, care and compassion shown to him at every stage throughout this difficult time.
As of yesterday JJ was declared clear of further cancer and no chemotherapy is required. He will be monitored in the months and years to come. We now feel we can all look forward to 2015.
The NHS is wonderful.
|Return of THE BIG SESSION!
May 2nd at Buxton Opera House, with Oysterband, June Tabor, Blair Dunlop etc
The new Oysterband studio album Diamonds On The Water is now out. It's 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 www.navigatorrecords.co.uk/artists/oysterband and your usual retail outlets. Buy early, buy often!
Downloads are available at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/diamonds-on-the-water/id771969865?uo=4&at=10l9qC (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..." fRoots
"Gefühlvoll und äußerst melodiös" Musikansich.de
"...unglaublich eindrucksvoll und schön." Legacy
""Revamped and revitalised Oysterband produce their best CD in years...song- writing, playing and arranging out of the top drawer" Maverick ***** (5-stars)
- and who are we to disagree?
A Clown's Heart
A River Runs
Spirit Of Dust
Lay Your Dreams Down Gently
Diamonds On The Water
Palace Of Memory
Once I Had A Sweetheart
No Ordinary Girl
Call You Friend
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!
A note on....
The reasons are several, but between the atrocious weather we experienced at Catton Hall and the fact that people's wages in UK, despite the "recovery", are still falling, now is a very risky time to launch a full-scale festival at a new site.
....we had such great times, and public and artist reaction was so warm, we certainly haven't given up on the idea.
We've decided we need to start again with a shorter, simpler event, and see how far we can build it back up over time. We had a very successful evening at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in September under the "Big Session" banner, with Oysterband, June Tabor and Sam Carter; so in 2015 --
Watch this space!
THE OYSTERBAND PHONE APP
-- available free in Android and iPhone versions from the relevant App Stores, also via the button second down on the right on this page --
-- brought to you by the fine folks at ReverbNation, ever on the lookout for ways to help bands promote their music online.
It's a cunning little device, including songs, videos, reviews, contacts to buy tickets, gig-list, map, and more. It's designed to be easily copied, shared, posted and passed on, as you'll see if you hit the "Share" button below.
So you can put it on your own website or blog or social networking page and convert your friends to Oystermusic. When they say "What's the band like, then?" you now have a snappy answer!
And best of all, the widget is "live". So when we change the songs or add new live dates, that automatically updates every copy of the widget that has been posted anywhere else - how smart is that?
It's all in there - go on, have a play with it........