Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.Oysterband, the five-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital and creative as ever.
They have some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name, including 'Put Out The Lights', 'When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down)', 'Blood Wedding' and 'Everywhere I Go'. Hear these and many others from their vast back catalogue, as they embark on another year of international touring and festivals.
Theirs has been a unique and fiercely independent career. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era.
Their occasional collaboration with folk diva June Tabor has produced two cult-classic award-winning albums, 'Freedom and Rain' and 'Ragged Kingdom'. The latter, and their hugely influential, album 'Holy Bandits' were voted at number four and five of the 'Ten Best Albums of the last 30 years' by the public in a poll by fRoots Magazine, in 2016.
John Jones - Voice and melodeon
Alan Prosser - Guitars and voice
Ian Telfer - Violin, keyboard and voice
Al Scott - Bass, mandolin and voice
Adrian Oxaal - Cello, guitar, bouzouki and voice
... and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood - Drums, percussion and voice.
Venue: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
*Includes £1 booking fee
This event is promoted by The Apex in association with Milkmaid Folk.