‘THIS HOUSE WILL STAND: The Best of Oysterband 1998 – 2015’ is a 2-CD, 29 track collection comprising 15 tracks chosen by the band from their last 6 studio albums (including ‘Ragged Kingdom’, their multi-award-winning reunion collaboration with June Tabor) and 14 unreleased tracks, rare B-sides, live cuts, demos and alternative versions of other Oysterband songs.
Oysterband has been one of the most consistently creative folk and rock bands of the past 38 years. Since their origins in 1977-1978 as the Oyster Ceilidh Band and their subsequent growth and constant development over the decades (sometimes wearing a more rock music mantle, sometimes a more folk/trad one), their musical vision has always burned bright. Following the critical and commercial success of ‘Ragged Kingdom’ (2011) and ‘Diamonds On The Water’ (2014), the band has been working on other projects including John Jones ‘Never Stop Moving’, story-telling tours by founder members Jones, Ian Telfer (fiddle) and Alan Prosser (guitar) as Oysters3, and the rebirth of their annual Big Session Festival in Buxton. This core membership of the band has been instrumental in the continuity of the Oysterband sound throughout these permutations and changes.
This new collection of recordings is drawn from one of the band’s most creative and successful periods to date and offers not only key recordings but demos and alternative takes that offer a further, and essential, insight into the work of one of the folk scenes most vital forces.
This House Will Stand: The Best of Oysterband 1998 – 2015 is out now and available from: