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Welcome to Oysterband's official website...
A big "ta!" to everyone who came to the Oysters3 shows in January. Since two-thirds of them sold out, we think we can fairly call it a success. Certainly the tour succeeded in creating a buzz... We'll wheel this trio version of ourselves out one more time at Sidmouth Folk Week in August (when Ian promises to dig out some more scurrilous stories to accompany the songs), and then rest it for a while.
Another tour some time? We'll see if there's any demand.....
BIG SESSION 2016
at Buxton, Derbyshire
In a single mighty bound we're going from one day to three nights and two days, Friday 29 April to Sunday 01 May. Featuring
OYSTERBAND with JUNE TABOR
EMILY PORTMAN TRIO
WILL POUND and EDDY JAY
THE BIG SESSION CEILIDH with OYSTERBAND and GUESTS
plus music sessions; a huge beer hall with more than 100 real ales; a ramble in the hills round Buxton led by John Jones; a birding trip; and a Folk Train from Manchester!
Read more here.
Oysterband singer John Jones' new solo album Never Stop Moving was released on Friday 4th September (Westpark Music 87277). It's available from our online shop.
There are 11 tracks, 8 songs by John and 3 traditional, and the album features his regular Reluctant Ramblers - Benji Kirkpatrick, Lindsey Oliver, Tim Cotterell, Rowan Godel, Al Scott, Boff Whalley.
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 current album Diamonds On The Water:
The new Oysterband studio album Diamonds On The Water is 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)
- and who are we to disagree?
A Clown's Heart
A River Runs
Spirit Of Dust
Lay Your Dreams Down Gently
Diamonds On The Water
Palace Of Memory
Once I Had A Sweetheart
No Ordinary Girl
Call You Friend
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!
THE OYSTERBAND PHONE APP
-- available free in Android and iPhone versions from the relevant App Stores, also via the button second down on the right on this page --
-- brought to you by the fine folks at ReverbNation, ever on the lookout for ways to help bands promote their music online.
It's a cunning little device, including songs, videos, reviews, contacts to buy tickets, gig-list, map, and more. It's designed to be easily copied, shared, posted and passed on, as you'll see if you hit the "Share" button below.
So you can put it on your own website or blog or social networking page and convert your friends to Oystermusic. When they say "What's the band like, then?" you now have a snappy answer!
And best of all, the widget is "live". So when we change the songs or add new live dates, that automatically updates every copy of the widget that has been posted anywhere else - how smart is that?
It's all in there - go on, have a play with it........