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And over the years, 5 times BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners, hey!

NEW   -    20 more Oysterband shows added to the tour   -   see below
On sale Friday 5th April at 10:00 am via


photo: Graham Whitmore

Welcome to Oysterband's official website....

....where we have news to impart:  we're going to retire as a touring act. But we're going to take some time about it!  To quote ourselves it's


We've set up a page at

where you'll find links to tickets for all shows from September onwards, plus news and further dates.

We're genuinely excited to announce final dates together with the great June Tabor.  We'll be performing a career-spanning set, including several of our most favourite songs with June, in 8 excellent venues..... be followed by:

We mean to enjoy every last minute!



As you may have noticed, we've written rather a lot of songs.  Too many, really, to do justice to in the course of an evening. 

We'd love to share our 45-year musical journey with we've decided to try doing it over 2 nights in some suitable venues (see opposite→).  We promise not to repeat ourselves from one night to the next!

2024 looks like it's going to be in need of a party - come along and let's see what we can find to celebrate.

First night: 
The 80s and 90s
From Step Outside to Holy Bandits and beyond
  -  e.g. Oxford Girl / Hal-an-Tow / Too Late Now / When I'm Up / Granite Years

Second night:
Into a new millennium
E.g. Rise Above / Here Comes The Flood / Dancing As Fast As I Can / A River Runs / Corner of the Room

....etc etc etc

Meanwhile, we have

  • a very welcome (to us, anyway!) return to Costa Festival in Ibiza 25th April to 1st May  

  • returns to the New Forest Folk Festival and Warwick Folk Festival in July

  • our tenth appearance at Cambridge Folk Festival

  • and the 60th Anniversary of the wonderful Towersey Festival at its new home in Buckinghamshire   ↓


Our latest album READ THE SKY is available (as CD or Download) from the usual places. 

CDs can also be bought  direct from the band at concerts and via this website that you're reading,

DOWNLOADS are available from iTunes, Amazon etc.

It was a strange job recording this one!  But it seems to have been very well received. We hope you enjoy the fruit of our labours.



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!


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.


     (A version of) Oysterband in 2015 at Bow Lake AB, Canada. Happy days...   Photo: Ben Malone


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