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...

13 February

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

06 February

Notice a trip to AUSTRIA and nearby places in May is taking shape in the Tour Dates column to the right.  We haven't been there (or Switzerland, or Italy) for quite some time, so we're greatly looking forward to it.

The venue for the Italian show will be somewhere in the general area of Udine, that's as much as we can say at the moment...

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...)

8th  January

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, also tune sessions with Simon Care and others on the 2nd and 3rd (bring an instrument).

Be there!


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 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


   February 14   The Atkinson  Southport  [UK]

   March 20  Garage Music Venue  Swansea  [UK]

   March 21   The Grand   Clitheroe  [UK]

   March 22   Catrin Finch Centre   Wrexham  [UK]

   March 24   Robin 2   Bilston  [UK]

   March 25   Pocklington Arts Centre           
Pocklington  [UK]

   March 26   Ropetackle Arts Centre   Shoreham-
   by-Sea  [UK]

   March 27    Aspire   Ryde, I.o.W   [UK]

   May 02   THE BIG SESSION  at  Buxton Opera      House    Buxton  [UK]

   May 10   Folk On The Pier   Cromer  [UK]

   May 13  Chollerhalle   Zug  [CH]

   May 14  Spielboden   Dornbirn  [AT]

   May 15  Localbühne   Freistadt  [AT]

   May 16  Altes Kino  Ebensee  [AT]

   May 18   Cinema Paradiso  St Pölten  [AT]

   May 19   Zentrum  Feldbach  [AT]

   May 20   tbc  [Italy]

   May 21   Sargfabrik  Vienna  [AT]

   May 22   KiK   Ried im Innkreis  [AT]

   May 23   Komma   Wörgl  [AT]

   July 02   Sommer ved søen  Kolding  [DK]

   July 03   Skagen Festival   Skagen  [DK]

   July 04   Tunø Festival   Tunø  [DK]

   July 05   Skagen Festival  (again)  Skagen  [DK]

   July 10   St Mary's Arts Centre   Sandwich   [UK]

   July 12    Ely Folk Festival   Ely  [UK]

   July 26   Village Pump Festival  Trowbridge 


   August 29   Shrewsbury Folk Festival  
Shrewsbury [UK]

  Coming later in 2015.....   Canada   (July/Aug),

  Denmark (Oct/Nov)

   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!