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...




NOW AVAILABLE FROM OUR ONLINE SHOP:


TWS-announce


"...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


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Our show at Camberley International Festival on June 8th has now been rescheduled, due to the impending British General Election.

The new date is SUNDAY 11th JUNE.  Tickets bought for the 8th are valid.

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STOP PRESS:  weekend tickets for The Big Session have all long since gone, but a few single-event tickets are still available for the Oysterband show  ( + Eliza Carthy and Saul Rose) at Buxton Opera House on Saturday 29th April.  Available as below.



Announcing !! 

      (roll of drums.....)


THE BIG SESSION 2017
at beautiful Buxton, Derbyshire,
gateway to the Peak District

with

OYSTERBAND
LEVELLERS ACOUSTIC
ELIZA CARTHY & SAUL ROSE
NANCY KERR & THE SWEET VISITOR BAND
RAY COOPER ("our" one!)
BLACKBEARD'S TEA PARTY
JESS MORGAN
THE HUT PEOPLE
HONEY RIDER

+ The Big Session Ceilidh with Oysterband, Eliza Carthy etc

+ John Jones' May Day Ramble on Monday (a more ambitious walk this year)

+ folk train from Manchester Piccadilly, Saturday at 11:49

+ sessions

+ a HUGE selection at the Big Session Beer Tent...



SINGLE-EVENT TICKETS NOW ON SALE

To buy tickets, call Buxton Opera House box office on
01298 72190

or visit

www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk



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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!



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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 current 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 most 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
 




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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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Tour Dates 

 

      2017

Oysterband:

April 28-May 01  THE BIG SESSION  Buxton [UK]

June 10  Stepping Stones Festival  Kirklinton Hall [UK]

June 11  Camberley International Festival  Camberley [UK] rescheduled from June 08

July 01  Cleckheaton Folk Festival  Cleckheaton [UK]

July 21  Het Groot Verlof  Leuven [BE]  -  free show!

July 29  Warwick Folk Festival  Warwick  [UK]

July 30  Cambridge Folk Festival  Cambridge [UK]

August 05  Wickham Festival  Wickham [UK]

August 08  Sidmouth Folk Week  Sidmouth [UK]

August 25  Shrewsbury Folk Festival  Shrewsbury [UK]

October 06  Derby Folk Festival  Derby  [UK]
















   ALAN PROSSER solo dates


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