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Welcome to Oysterband's official website...
NOW AVAILABLE FROM OUR ONLINE SHOP:
29-track collection may be surprised by the depth and range of the content."
Colin Irwin, fROOTS Magazine
Dil Davies has occupied the Oysterband drum stool for almost a decade, but between two young children and his ever-expanding Porter & Davies tactile monitor business it's hard now for him to commit to extended tours. He'll continue to appear with Oysterband at UK summer and autumn festivals.
Meanwhile we're delighted to welcome Pete Flood (of the recently retired Bellowhead) aboard later in the year, and we look forward to any "refreshment" of the Oysterband sound that may follow. It's going to be interesting!
Postcards For Peace is a UK-based charity promoting equality and diversity to children and young people through fun and creative projects and also working to raise awareness of issues relating to violence, bullying and human rights. It's a project of Martin Rowsell, who created the splendid packaging for our recent "This House Will Stand" compilation, and now he's had the idea of releasing a double-CD to raise funds for the charity's activities.
He has all the music - as well as Oysterband's "Fiddle Or A Gun", Lau, Linda Thompson, Peggy Seeger, Kris Drever, Boo Hewerdine, O'Hooley & Tidow and 18 other acts and their record companies have donated tracks, and there's masses of interesting stuff you almost certainly won't have heard before - but actual manufacture requires crowd-funding.
So you can pre-order "A World Of Hope" between now and 14th October from igg.me/at/aworldofhope at £12 + (eventual) postage. And support something very worthwhile.
And then there's GERMANY.
You can buy tickets for the November shows in Germany direct from Oysterband's Facebook here.
|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!
Oysterband singer John Jones' second solo album Never Stop Moving (Westpark Music 87277) is 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.
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 current 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!
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........