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Welcome to Oysterband's official website...
Oysterband singer John Jones' new solo album Never Stop Moving is released on Friday 4th September (Westpark Music 87277). But it's available now 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 - 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.
Return of THE BIG SESSION
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 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........