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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Photo: Judith Burrows

Welcome to Oysterband's official website...

Return of THE BIG SESSION!  

May 2nd at Buxton Opera House, with Oysterband, June Tabor, Blair Dunlop etc

Be there!


The new Oysterband studio album Diamonds On The Water  is now out.  It's 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 most of these new songs live at any of our upcoming gigs, so get your tickets now!


A note on....


You may have noticed that we haven't run a Big Session Festival for a couple of years.

The reasons are several, but between the atrocious weather we experienced at Catton Hall and the fact that people's wages in UK, despite the "recovery", are still falling, now is a very risky time to launch a full-scale festival at a new site.


....we had such great times, and public and artist reaction was so warm, we certainly haven't given up on the idea.

We've decided we need to start again with a shorter, simpler event, and see how far we can build it back up over time.  We had a very successful evening at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in September under the "Big Session" banner, with Oysterband, June Tabor and Sam Carter;  so in 2015  --

Watch this space!




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Tour Dates 2015


   February 14   The Atkinson  Southport  [UK]

   March 20  Garage Music Venue  Swansea  [UK]

   March 21   The Grand   Clitheroe  [UK]

   March 22   Catrin Finch Centre   Wrexham  [UK]

   March 24   Robin 2   Bilston  [UK]

   March 25   Pocklington Arts Centre           
Pocklington  [UK]

   March 26   Ropetackle Arts Centre   Shoreham-
   by-Sea  [UK]

   March 27    Aspire   Ryde, I.o.W   [UK]

   May 02   THE BIG SESSION  at  Buxton Opera  House   Buxton  [UK]

   10 May   Folk On The Pier   Cromer  [UK]

   10 July   St Mary's Arts Centre   Sandwich   [UK]

   12 July    Ely Folk Festival   Ely  [UK]

   August 29   Shrewsbury Folk Festival  
Shrewsbury [UK]

  Coming later in 2015.....   Austria (May),  Canada   (July/Aug), Denmark (Oct/Nov)

   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

   See John's website at       

    RAY 'CHOPPER' COOPER has left Oysterband
    to pursue a solo career. His dates and tour info
    can be found at  -  bon
    voyage och säker resa, friend!