New Release: Oysterband – This House Will Stand: The Best of Oysterband 1998 – 2015

  • March 17, 2016

Oysterband - This House Will Stand'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.

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Oysterband – Diamonds On The Water reviewed

  • February 17, 2014

Diamonds On The Water, the new album from the Oysterband is released today and is being well received by reviewers both online and off. You can read a selection of reviews below (click on the links to read more). The new album is available now from Propermusic.com, Amazon.co.uk and iTunes.

“The best of the old and the subtle integration of the new sounds and styles fit the band very well and give a variety of songs that would more than satisfy loyal fans, and capture the interest of the new.”Bright Young Folk

“From start to finish, Diamonds On The Water is quite, quite brilliant.”Folk Radio

“a classic Oysterband album.”Americana UK

“A great folk album that’s highly recommended.”FestivalPhoto.net


New Album: Oysterband – Diamonds On The Water

  • December 2, 2013

Oysterband - Diamonds On The WaterAfter two years touring their last project, Oysterband is now very happy to announce a new studio album, Diamonds In The Water (released 17 February 2014), their first new collection of original songs in seven years.

“It was time”, says fiddler Ian Telfer, “to get back to some of the other things we do best – make new music and get out there on the road.”

Singer John Jones took time from the studio to talk here about the new album:
“After Ragged Kingdom, which was a kind of re-immersion in traditional song”, he says, “it seemed so important to us to get back to working on our song-writing skills in the light of that. We’ve loved every bit of the collaborative projects, which include the Big Session Festival too, of course – but the writing is a vital part of our growth and continuity as a band. And if we can give a little back to the folk tradition, so much the better”.