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!

NEW   -    Scotland:  Oysterband at Celtic Connections  -
St Luke's, Glasgow, Friday 17 January 2025
-  on sale 10:00am Friday May 24
dates in Denmark and Germany added for March 2025
-   see below



photo: Graham Whitmore

Welcome to Oysterband's official website....

....where we have news to impart:  we're going to retire as a touring act. But we're going to take some time about it!  To quote ourselves it's


We've set up a page at

where you'll find links to tickets for all shows from September onwards, plus news and further dates.

We're genuinely excited to announce final dates together with the great June Tabor.  We'll be performing a career-spanning set, including several of our most favourite songs with June, in 8 excellent venues..... be followed by:

We mean to enjoy every last minute!



Our latest album READ THE SKY is available (as CD or Download) from the usual places. 

CDs can also be bought  direct from the band at concerts and via this website that you're reading,

DOWNLOADS are available from iTunes, Amazon etc.

It was a strange job recording this one!  But it seems to have been very well received. We hope you enjoy the fruit of our labours.


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!


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.


     (A version of) Oysterband in 2015 at Bow Lake AB, Canada. Happy days...   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.




"...they tackle their task with rare urgency and valour, John Jones' voice still magnificent, and the tough arrangements and musical barrage around him delivered with blistering gusto."
                            -  Mojo ****

"A soundtrack for our times."

                            -  Folk London

And here's a track from it  -







July 06  New Forest Folk Festival  Plaitford SO51
  6EE  [UK]

July 26  Warwick Folk Festival  Warwick  [UK]

July 28  Cambridge Folk Festival  Cambridge 

Aug 6 & 7  Sidmouth Folk Festival  Sidmouth

Aug 14  Broadstairs Folk Week  Broadstairs  [UK]

Aug 25  Towersey Festival  Claydon Estate, 
Middle Claydon,  Buckinghamshire     [UK]

Sep 06  Bromyard Folk Festival  Bromyard  [UK]


OYSTERBAND with very special guest JUNE TABOR:

Oct 03  Town Hall  Birmingham  [UK]

Oct 04  Beacon  Bristol  [UK] 

Oct 05  De La Warr Pavilion  Bexhill  [UK]

Oct 12  RNCM  Manchester  [UK]  SOLD OUT

Oct 13  Fire Station  Sunderland  [UK]

Oct 15  De Montfort Hall  Leicester  [UK]

Oct 19  The Barbican  London  [UK]

Oct 20  Canterbury Festival  Canterbury  [UK]
  -  tickets on sale 12th August 2024

Nov 04  Theatre Severn  Shrewsbury  [UK]

Nov 05  Storyhouse  Chester  [UK]

Nov 06  City Varieties Music Hall  Leeds  [UK]

Nov 08  St Petroc's Church  Bo dmin  [UK]

Nov 09  St Mary's Church  Bruton  [UK]

Nov 12  Norden Farm AC  Maidenhead  [UK]
                SOLD OUT

Nov 13  The Stables  Milton Keynes  [UK]

Nov 14  The Apex  Bury St Edmunds  [UK]

Nov 16  Brewery AC  Kendal  [UK]

Nov 18  Band on the Wall  Manchester  [UK]

Nov 19  East Riding Theatre  Beverley  [UK]

Nov 20  Memorial Hall  Sheffield  [UK]

Nov 22  Corn Exchange  Hertford  [UK]

Nov 23  Queens Hall Theatre  Cranbrook  [UK]

Nov 24  Allendale Centre  Wimborne  [UK]

Dec 02  Exeter Phoenix  Exeter  [UK]

Dec 03  Exeter Phoenix  Exeter  [UK]

Dec 04 The Wedgewood Rooms  Portsmouth [UK]

Dec 05  Subscription Rooms  Stroud  [UK]

Dec 06  St James' Church  Emsworth 


Jan 17  St Luke's (CelticConnections) 
  Glasgow  [UK]


Jan 21 to Feb 04  La Gomera Winter Retreat 
  La Gomera (Canary Islands)  [ES]


Mar 03  Folkets Hus  Struer  [DK]

Mar 05  Skraaen  Aalborg  [DK]

Mar 06  Foderstoffen  Ringe  [DK]

Mar 07  Medborgerhuset Lunden  Silkeborg [DK]

Mar 08  Portalen  Greve (for CPH)  [DK]

Mar 10  Knust  Hamburg  [DE]

Mar 11  Frannz Club  Berlin  [DE]

Mar 12  Pavillon  Hannover  [DE]

Mar 13  Music Hall  Worpswede  [DE]

Mar 14  Kulturkirche  Köln  [DE]

Mar 15  Musiktheater Rex  Bensheim  [DE]

Mar 16  Zeche Bochum  Bochum  [DE]

   ALAN PROSSER solo dates

   See John's website at