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Welcome to Oysterband's official website...
......announcing.. .....(roll of drums, toot of trumpets).......
40th CELEBRATION TOUR
Tickets on sale for all shows
including Germany and Denmark
NOW AVAILABLE FROM OUR ONLINE SHOP:
29-track collection may be surprised by the depth and range of the content."
Colin Irwin, fROOTS Magazine
Our show at Camberley International Festival on June 8th has now been rescheduled, due to the impending British General Election.
The new date is SUNDAY 11th JUNE. Tickets bought for the 8th are valid.
|Every year since 1986, fRoots
magazine has 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 are:
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.
Here's a little studio clip of "A Clown's Heart", the first track on the most recent studio album Diamonds On The Water:
The latest Oysterband studio album Diamonds On The Water was 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!