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...



DUE TO THE ONGOING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, IN THE INTERESTS OF EVERYONE'S SAFETY WE'VE DECIDED TO POSTPONE THE FORTHCOMING OYSTERS3 UK DATES UNTIL 2022.

REFUNDS FOR OYSTERS3 ARE AVAILABLE FROM POINT OF PURCHASE.

THE OYSTERBAND SHOWS AT COSTA DEL FOLK IN IBIZA ON 29 & 30 APRIL AND AT CECIL SHARP HOUSE IN LONDON ON 14 MAY HAVE ALSO BEEN CANCELLED.




(mail order from the online shop still working fine though)



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Frome poster


















SEATED SHOW
WITH LIMITED STANDING



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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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Best of the
                          Best med
Every year from 1986, fRoots magazine 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 were:

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



     Oysterband in 2015 at Bow Lake AB, Canada                                             Photo: Ben Malone
 




MAIL ORDER POLICY

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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A memento of the Oysterband & June Tabor "Fire & Fleet" Tour, November 2019

On sale from this website until present stock is exhausted.  When they're gone, they're gone!




Upcoming Tour Dates: 

 

 

    2020


OYSTERBAND


May 15  Cheese & Grain  Frome  [UK]

May 16  The David Hall  South Petherton  [UK]
  -  STANDING SHOW
May 17  The David Hall  South Petherton  [UK]
  -  SEATED SHOW



OYSTERBAND & JUNE TABOR

June 19  Rose Theatre  Kingston-upon-Thames,
  Lomdon


OYSTERBAND

July 09   Hugh's Room  Toronto  [CA]

July 10 - 12  Winnipeg Folk Festival  Winnipeg 
 
[CA]





 






   ALAN PROSSER solo dates


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