Oysterband Links List
Our other outlet
Website by our former drummer, Lee Partis, who is now working in a prison in the north of England and campaigns for the use of counselling in prisons (a poorly funded area of public policy).
Alan's personal page…
…and, yes, Chopper's
John's website specifically for his "rambling" tours, where he walks from venue to venue and invites audiences to join him (not compulsory, though!).
The British National Party's "Activists' and Organisers' Handbook" encourages its members to insinuate themselves into the folk and traditional customs and entertainments of Britain. They propose to appropriate British folk music and dance as a means of spreading their odious brand of racism and intolerance. Folk Against Fascism is not itself a party, but an awareness campaign - why on earth should loving the roots of your own culture involve hating anyone else's??
Website for film-maker and photographer Judith Burrows, who did the remarkable shoots for Oysters' MEET YOU THERE and June Tabor/Oysters' RAGGED KINGDOM
fROOTS, formerly Folk Roots, magazine. Indispensible 'journal-of-record' for folk and world musics
Reviews, online CD sales, gig listings, you name it, with ambitions to be a universal service
Day-to-day folk/acoustic events guide for UK
Multilingual and frequently-updated site by Petr Doruzka and Ken Hunt covering lots of intriguing things.
Covers exactly the sort of artist booked by the Big Session Festival, including several of those below. Bright & concise
Non-commercial magazine-type site, dedicated to folk music in the widest sense. Has good Oysterband pictures in photo-library and much else
The company that has put all Oyster recordings out since 1999, including the current ones. (That means: everything except the Cooking Vinyl CDs.) They also have a folk-world blog that touches on many of the artists mentioned below:
Ronald Kim Schmøde's site, in English or Danish: folk-rock, Oysters, photographs
More Oyster pix, some of them good
Vonnie's angle, from the other side of the Atlantic
A blank e-mail to the above will connect you to a "burgeoning" discussion group re Oysters. Note we take NO responsibility for the admin or content of this!!
You may also be interested in other people we've worked with at various times. In no particular order:
Of course. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer may be the hardest working people on the musical planet .
Uillean piper, fiddler, whistle-player, hispanophile, Cara Dillon cohort and all-round fine chap
The Church of Chumbawamba
Official Levellers site
Here you will find McDermott's 2 Hours, Nick Burbridge's outfit with a long, intermittent and interesting history. Check out "Claws & Wings" by "McDermott's 2 Hours v Levellers", which is part of each band plus guests doing Nick's songs. Currently he has a new book of poems out, "All KInds Of Disorder" (Waterloo Samplers No. 13).
Wedding-Present-descended Leeds-based band have a live CD "Drink To My Horse", which includes a track, Davni Chasy, recorded in Frankfurt on a tour in 1994. Somewhere in the mix are Oysterband (and indeed Rev Hammer). You may know this song under its English title, made famous by one Mary Hopkin…
En español. Folk-rock to combat-rock. ¡¡Insumisión!!
Among other claims to fame Great Big Sea did a very successful cover of Oysters' "When I'm Up I Can't Get Down" a few years ago, which had the video channels in Canada in a stranglehold for a few happy weeks
The Men They Couldn't Hang (could they??)
The Barra MacNeils have a cover of "By Northern Light" on a recent album, and it has the great charm of sounding nothing like Oysters' own version
For it is he. (Tho' sometimes lately it's been Woody Guthrie.)
The Waifs: a charming hi-energy Australian acoustic folk-pop thing who tour whole hemispheres for months on end, as Oz exports tend to have to do. We met 'em in Canada. A big deal in Australia.
Old mate and sometime agent of Oysterband in Germany. Has a new album out, "Hole In One".
The very wonderful voice and fiddle-playing of Eliza Carthy, who deserves to be rated as a songwriter as well as as the scion of the Waterson-Carthy English trad dynasty
Some reckon Jim is the future of folky music because he knows one end of a laptop and a sampler from the other. But if he is, it'll more likely be down to the usual timeless skills - strong singing, great keyboards and guitar.
Maker of violins and violas (and various things in-between) to the stars. And also to I Telfer, E Carthy etc etc
More when we get round to it. Let us know if any of the above stop working.