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...

........after UK, DE, DK, BE, NL and LU.........(roll of drums, toot of trumpets).......


BREAK FOR THE BORDER  shows at Titley in Herefordshire on April 6 and 7 are



tickets for May shows in AUSTRIA are available
from individual venues (see next col.) → → →

flyer p2




"...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
                          Best med
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 2018

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 the course of our 40th year.


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 at the shop  ---


brilliant retro Celtic dogs design by Ben Stone


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: 



April 06  Break For The Border  Titley, 
 Herefordshire HR5 3RL  [UK]  SOLD OUT

April 07  Break For The Border  Titley, 
 Herefordshire HR5 3RL  [UK]  SOLD OUT

April 27 & 28  Costa del Folk  Ibiza  [ES]

May 03  Sargfabrik  Vienna  [AT]

May 04  K:UL  Öblarn  [AT]

May 05  Kino  Ebensee  [AT]

May 06  KiK  Ried im Innkreis  [AT]

May 09  Altes Kino  Rankweil  [AT]

May 10  Amthof  Feldkirchen in Kárnten  [AT]

May 11  Altes Brauhaus  Bleiburg  [AT]

May 12  Volkshaus  Graz  [AT]

June 05  Mechanics Institute  Manchester  [UK]
  -  an Oysters 3 show to celebrate the 150th
  anniversary of the founding of the Trades Union

June 09  Black Sheep Festival  Bonfeld-Bad 
 Rappenau  [DE]

August 09  Fairport's Cropredy Convention 
 Cropredy  [UK]

August 17  Folk East  Glemham Hall, Suffolk  [UK]

August 23 - 26  Tønder Festival  Tønder  [DK]

September 07  Swanage Folk Festival  Swanage  

   +  more festivals to come...

November 09  Picturedrome  Holmfirth  [UK]

November 10  The David Hall  South Petherton  

November 12  The Apex  Bury St Edmunds  [UK] 

November 15  Emsworth Baptist Church 
 Emsworth  [UK]

November 17  Gulbenkian Theatre  Canterbury   

November 20  The Stables  Milton Keynes  [UK]

November 21  Robin 2  Wolverhampton  [UK]

November 28  Brewery Arts Centre  Kendal  [UK]

November 29  The Ferry  Glasgow  [UK]

November 30  The Sage Gateshead  Gateshead


   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

   See John's website at