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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Oyster 6-piece 2017 collage
       collage by Volker Neumann




Welcome to Oysterband's official website...



....where our 2021 UK tour has now been relocated to new dates:

Tour 2021 rev


Because of social distancing, there will now be 2 shows at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 6th May, at 5pm and 8pm.  If you've boiught a ticket already, please call the box office at 0207485 2206 and tell them which show you plan to come to.  Thanks.

PREVIOUSLY-BOUGHT TICKETS REMAIN VALID FOR THE NEW DATES

SALISBURY CITY HALL HAS CLOSED, BUT TICKETS FOR THE SALISBURY SHOW ARE NOW VALID FOR FROME ON 15th SEPTEMBER



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NOW AVAILABLE FROM OUR ONLINE SHOP:


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"...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






Best of the
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Every year from 1986, fRoots magazine 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 were:

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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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 most recent studio album Diamonds On The Water:














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 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 many of these new songs live at any of our upcoming gigs, so get your tickets now!



     Oysterband in 2015 at Bow Lake AB, Canada                                          Photo: Ben Malone
 




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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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A memento of the Oysterband & June Tabor "Fire & Fleet" Tour, November 2019




A peep at a work in progress:




UPCOMING TOUR DATES: 

 

 

    2021
            

OYSTERBAND  

APRIL TOUR OF DENMARK NOW POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY / MARCH 2022.  MORE DETAILS SOON


May 06  Cecil Sharp House  Camden, London

  [UK]  -  2 SHOWS, 5pm and 8pm



OYSTERBAND & JUNE TABOR


June 24 
Rose Theatre  Kingston-upon-Thames,
  Lomdon  [UK]


OYSTERBAND

August 27  Shrewsbury Folk Festival
  Shrewsbury  [UK]


OYSTERBAND   -   2021 TOUR

May 06  Cecil Sharp House  Camden, London

  [UK]  -  2 SHOWS, 5pm and 8pm
September 04  The David Hall  South     
  Petherton  [UK]  -  STANDING SHOW

September 05  The David Hall  South Petherton 

  [UK]  -  SEATED SHOW

September 06 The Stables  Milton Keynes  [UK]

September 10  venue tba  Manchester  [UK]
September 11  The Sage Gateshead 
 
Gateshead  [UK]
September 12  Brudenell Social Club  Leeds
  [UK]
September 14  The Apex  Bury St Edmunds 
  [UK]
September 15  Cheese & Grain  Frome  [UK]
September 17  Y Theatre  Leicester  [UK]
September 19  Gulbenkian Theatre
  Canterbury  [UK]
September 20  Corn Exchange  Exeter  [UK]
September 21  St George's  Bristol  [UK]
September 22  Guildhall  Gloucester  [UK]




 

































   ALAN PROSSER solo dates


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