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!

Oyster 6-piece 2017 collage
       collage by Volker Neumann

Welcome to Oysterband's official website...

......announcing........(roll of drums, toot of trumpets).......


Tickets on sale for all shows
including Germany, Denmark & Benelux


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German, Danish and Benelux dates in next column    →    →   →   →   →   →   →   →  

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Please note there will be no Big Session Festival in 2018

We’re extremely grateful for the work and collaboration provided by Buxton Opera House in the last couple of years, but we feel the need to take a time-out from the idea. 

Our apologies to regular Big-Session-goers, who may well feel disappointed, but we hope to see you at the many other events in the course of our 40th year.




"...the Oysters have consistently striven to look forward, not back, responding to the texture of the times at every turn, and many who chance upon this lovingly packaged
29-track collection may be surprised by the depth and range of the content."

Colin Irwin, fROOTS Magazine

and coming shortly  - 

  • a special retro T-shirt for the 40th Celebration Tour,

  • and from Cooking Vinyl a first-ever VINYL release of Oysterband's breakthrough 1993 album Holy Bandits.

More details soon!


Best of the
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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 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!

     Oysterband at Bow Lake AB, Canada                                                       Photo: Ben Malone


If goods you receive from us are damaged or unsatisfactory, we will replace, refund or exchange them (at your choice) up to the same listed price. This does not affect your statutory rights.

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New at the shop  ---

a first-ever, limited-edition VINYL release of Oysterband's breakthrough 1993 album
Holy Bandits
to celebrate 40 unbroken years of touring and recording 

Contains lyric sheet and free download card

And coming soon  ---

       a new retro Celtic-dogs T-shirt
    for the 40th anniversary!

Tour Dates:




  TOUR 2017

Tickets on sale for all shows
including DE, DK, BE, NL, LU



October 18  Frannz Club  Berlin [DE]

October 19  Knust  Hamburg  [DE]

October 20  Music Hall  Worpswede  [DE]

October 21  Jungle  Cologne  [DE]

October 22  Zeche Bochum  Bochum  [DE]

October 23  Colos-Saal  Aschaffenburg  [DE]

October 25  Tobakken  Esbjerg  [DK]

October 26  Portalen  Greve  [DK}

October 27  Ny Teater  Horsens  [DK]

October 28  Industrien  Aarup  [DK]

October 29  Tøjhuset  Fredericia  [DK]

November 07  City Varieties  Leeds  [UK]

November 08  The Queen's Hall  Edinburgh  [UK]

November 09  RNCM Concert Hall  Manchester  [UK]

November 10  The Old Market  Brighton  [UK]

November 11  City Hall  Salisbury  [UK]

November 16  Tramshed  Cardiff  [UK]

November 18  Forum Theatre  Malvern  [UK]

November 19  Corn Exchange  Exeter  [UK]

November 21  Town Hall  Birmingham  [UK]

November 22  St George's  Bristol  [UK]

November 23  Coronation Hall  Ulverston  [UK]

November 24  Civic Hall  Nantwich  [UK]

November 25  Union Chapel  London  [UK]

November 26  Open  Norwich  [UK]

March 08  De Casino  Sint-Niklaas [BE]
March 09  Luxor Live  Arnhem  [NL]
March 10  Zeltik Festival  Dudelange  [LU]


   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

   See John's website at