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!

Bow Lake
    Oysterband at Bow Lake AB, Canada                                                       Photo: Ben Malone        

Welcome to Oysterband's official website...



"...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


Announcing !! 

      (roll of drums.....)

at beautiful Buxton, Derbyshire,
gateway to the Peak District


RAY COOPER ("our" one!)

+ The Big Session Ceilidh with Oysterband, Eliza Carthy etc

+ John Jones' May Day Ramble on Monday (a more ambitious walk this year)

+ folk train from Manchester Piccadilly, Saturday at 11:49

+ sessions

+ a HUGE selection at the Big Session Beer Tent...

Weekend tickets £96
on sale (subject to availability) from 10:00am on Friday 11 November

To buy tickets, call Buxton Opera House box office on
01298 72190

or visit

Weekend tickets admit to all 5 concerts (stalls seats for the Opera House concerts, standing tickets for the Pavilion Arts Centre), the Big Session Ceilidh, and all sessions and fringe activities (subject to availability).


But first...... to  GERMANY.

You can buy tickets for the November shows in Germany direct from Oysterband's Facebook here.


Hey, Berlin, it's been a loooong time.....  Can't wait!


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. So Dil is hanging up his sticks. 

But we're delighted to welcome aboard Pete Flood (of the recently retired Bellowhead) and we look forward to any "refreshment" of the Oysterband sound that may follow.  It's going to be interesting!


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!


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 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!

   Photo: Judith Burrows




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Tour Dates 


  November 09  Cecil Sharp House  London [UK]

November 10
Cecil Sharp House  London [UK]


  you can buy tickets for the November shows 
  in Germany direct from Oysterband's 
  Facebook here.

 November 25  Frannz Club  Berlin [DE]
November 26  Malzhaus  Plauen  [DE]
November 27  Musikpark  Homburg (Saar)  [DE]
November 28  Harmonie  Bonn  [DE]
November 29  Zeche  Bochum  [DE]
November 30  Knust  Hamburg  [DE]

 December 02  The Great British Folk Festival
   Skegness  [UK]

 December 22  Picturedrome  Holmfirth  [UK]




January 25  Skraaen  Aalborg  [DK]
January 26  Grønnegades Kaserne  Næstved 
January 27  Remisen  Brande [DK]
January 28  Den Gamle Skole  Rinkenæs  [DK]
January 29  Halkær Kro  Halkær  [DK]
January 31  Bispen  Haderslev  [DK]
February 01  Brorsons Minde Ribe  [DK]
February 02  Turbinen  Randers  [DK]
February 03  Foderstoffen  Ringe  [DK]
February 04  Godset  Kolding  [DK]
February 05  Tøjhuset  Fredericia [DK]


March 02  Town Hall  Marlborough [UK]
March 03  Harberton Parish Hall  Totnes [UK]
March 04  The Plough Arts Centre  Great  
Torrington [UK]
March 06  Village Hall  Nettlebed [UK]
March 07  Arts Centre  Pocklington [UK]
March 08  The Grand  Clitheroe [UK]
March 09 
Brewery Arts Centre  Kendal [UK]
March 10 The Witham Barnards Castle [UK]
March 11  The Vic  Menai Bridge, Anglesey [UK]
March 12  Glee Club  Nottingham  [UK]
March 14  Pillar Room  Cheltenham [UK]
March 15  Music Room  Liverpool [UK]
March 16  Theatr Mwldan  Cardigan  [UK]
March 17  Arts Centre  Pontardawe  [UK]
March 18  Village Hall  Mottram St Andrew [UK]
March 19  Courthouse  Otley  [UK]
March 21  The Apex  Bury St Edmunds  [UK]
March 22  The Stables  Milton Keynes  [UK]
March 29  The Haymarket  Basingstoke  [UK]
March 30  Lighthouse  Poole  [UK]
March 31  The Ivy House  Nunhead, London
SE15  [UK]


April 28-May 01  THE BIG SESSION  Buxton [UK]

   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

   See John's website at