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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    Oysterband at Bow Lake AB, Canada                                                       Photo: Ben Malone        






Welcome to Oysterband's official website...




To be released on 27 May:

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.....and we'll have copies of THIS HOUSE WILL STAND:  the best of Oysterband 1998-2015 on sale at

THE BIG SESSION 2016
29 April - 01 May
at Buxton, Derbyshire

In a single mighty bound we're going from one day to three nights and two days, Friday 29 April to Sunday 01 May.  

TICKETS AVAILABLE: 
  OYSTERBAND with JUNE TABOR + SAM CARTER
  SETH LAKEMAN + LUCY WARD
  EDWARD II + GREN BARTLEY
  EMILY PORTMAN TRIO
  WILL POUND and EDDY JAY
  THE BIG SESSION CEILIDH with OYSTERBAND and GUESTS

but

 WEEKEND TICKETS are SOLD OUT

plus music sessions;  a huge beer hall with more than 100 real ales;  a ramble in the hills round Buxton led by John Jones;  a birding trip;  and a Folk Train from Manchester!

BOX OFFICE  01298 72190  buxtonoperahouse.org.uk  

Read more here.

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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!


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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.

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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...

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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.

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














DIAMONDS ON THE WATER


The latest 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)
 
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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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Introducing........

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  --

and

THE WIDGET


  --   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........




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Tour Dates 2016


 Oysterband:

  April 29 - May 01  The Big Session  Buxton [UK]

  May 06  Ny Teater  Horsens  [DK]
  May 07  Portalen  Greve  [DK]

  May 29  The David Hall  South Petherton  [UK]
       --    SOLD OUT
  June 04  Wirral Folk Festival  Whitby CH65 6QF
    [UK]

  July 02 + 03  Skagen Folk Festival  Skagen [DK]

  July 07-10  Winnipeg Folk Festival  Winnipeg
   
[CA]

 
 Oysters3:
 
August 03  Sidmouth Folk Week  Sidmouth  [UK]

 
 Oysterband:

  August 06  Wickham Festival  Wickham  [UK]

  September 02  Moseley Folk Festival  Moseley
  [UK] 
 
  September 09    Swanage Folk Festival 
   
Swanage  [UK]
  September 10   Bromyard Folk Festival
    Bromyard  [UK]
 
  September 24  South Downs Folk Festival
    Bognor Regis  [UK]

  November 04  St Edith Hall  Sevenoaks  [UK]
  November 05  John Peel Centre  Stowmarket 
    [UK]

  November 09  Cecil Sharp House  London [UK]

  Oysters3:
 
November 10
Cecil Sharp House  London [UK]

  Oysterband:

  December 22  Picturedrome  Holmfirth  [UK]







   ALAN PROSSER solo dates


   JOHN JONES AND THE
  
RELUCTANT RAMBLERS
   See John's website at www.jj-rr.org       

    RAY 'CHOPPER' COOPER has left Oysterband
    to pursue a solo career. His dates and tour info
    can be found at www.raycooper.org  -  bon
    voyage och säker resa, friend!