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!

Oyster 6-piece 2017 collage
       collage by Volker Neumann

Welcome to Oysterband's official website...

where this summer looks like a fairly familiar sort of festival season (see below right)......few overseas excursions, luckily perhaps given the current uncertainty surrounding Brexit, travel, work permits and customs documentation.

If you love music, be aware that Brexit in any form is pure bad news for anyone who makes their living from performing it.

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the recent tour of Germany and Denmark  -  your enthusiasm was off the scale!  We've seldom been fed back such energy and warmth, and that's what keeps us going.

Plans are afoot for autumn and 2020  -  more news in due course.




"...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 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!


Please note there will be no Big Session Festival in 2019. 

We’re extremely grateful for the work and collaboration provided by Buxton Opera House in the last couple of years, but we feel the need to take a time-out from the idea. 

Our apologies to regular Big-Session-goers, who may well feel disappointed, but we hope to see you at the many other events in our calendar.


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

     Oysterband at Bow Lake AB, Canada                                                       Photo: Ben Malone


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.

                   Online Shop DOTW cover

NEW  ----


a new solo album from Alan Prosser


a first-ever, limited-edition VINYL release of Oysterband's breakthrough 1993 album

Holy Bandits

to celebrate 40 unbroken years of touring and recording 
with lyric sheet and free download card

Tour Dates: 





May 12  Folk On The Pier    Cromer  [UK]

May 22  Bollington Festival  Bollington  [UK]

June 29  Ashbourne Festival  Ashbourne  [UK]

July 04  Skagen Folk Festival  Skagen  [DK]

July 06  New Forest Folk Festival  Plaitford,
Romsey SO51 6EE  [UK]

July 14  Ely Folk Festival  Ely  [UK]

August 23  Shrewsbury Folk Festival
  Shrewsbury  [UK]

August 24  Towersey Festival  Towersey  [UK]

September 21  South Downs Folk Festival
  Bognor Regis  [UK]

....and more festival announcements to come


   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

   See John's website at