TOUR NEWS : British folk-rock legends OYSTERBAND set to kick-off spring 2022 UK tour next week

Oysterband live L-R:  Ian Telfer, John Jones © Jon Cuff 2022



“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

British folk-rock legends Oysterband celebrate the recent release of their brand new album – the UK Official Folk Album Chart No.1 smash ‘Read The Sky’ – by playing a string of UK tour dates in spring 2022.

The five time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners will play the following UK shows;

22 April             Derby Hairy Dog Folk Festival

28 April             Exeter Corn Exchange

29 April             Salisbury – The Chapel

30 April             Cranbrook Queens Hall Theatre

1 May                Gloucester Guildhall

3 May                Bury St Edmunds – The Apex

4 May                Bristol St George’s

5 May                Gateshead – The Sage

11 May              Leicester Y Theatre

12 May              Leeds Brudenell Social Club

13 May              London Union Chapel

14 May              Manchester Royal Northern College Of Music

27 May              Milton Keynes – The Stables

28 May              South Petherton – The David Hall SOLD OUT

29 May              South Petherton – The David Hall SOLD OUT

18 June              Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival

26 June              Canterbury Gulbenkian Theatre

 Tickets for all above shows are on-sale now via



From their earliest days as a noisy, politicised ceilidh band in the late Seventies, Oysterband have kept evolving and evolving-long enough to put out not one, but two best-of compilations; ‘Granite Years’ (2000) which covered their career between 1986-1997, and ‘This House Will Stand’ (2016) for the following 1998-2015 period. Now they have launched the next instalment of their journey: a new 10-track album entitled ‘Read The Sky’.

Maybe it was partly forced on them by the absurd complexity of trying to record a six-piece band under COVID regulations that were no sooner adopted than changed. But there’s a definite sense of urgency to many of the songs on ‘Read The Sky’ that serves them very well.

Politically, they’re expressing themselves in ‘greener’ terms now, both in anger and in elegy. The closing track on the new album, “The Time Is Now”, was released to coincide with the COP26 conference in Glasgow and premiered on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.   Listen to “The Time Is Now” HERE

If anything, the band’s story-telling, with tales from Hong Kong to Huddersfield, has become more personal and more emotional.

With 32 concert dates planned for the UK & Europe so far in 2022, Oysterband are itching to get back on stage and play the new songs along with all the classics. They will show the world that they’ve learned the life lesson of COVID – hit the road running, there’s not a moment to lose.

Oysterband frontman John Jones said today, “We absolutely cannot wait to get out playing our songs live again.  As well as performing new tracks from our recent No.1 album ‘Read The Sky’ live for the very first time,’ we will be bringing out all the big guns plus a few cast-iron fan favourites. Everybody has missed live music so much these past couple of years – we plan on doing our level best to make sure these UK shows are something truly unforgettable.”

Oysterband are:
John Jones: vocals, melodeon

Alan Prosser: guitar and vocals

Ian Telfer: fiddle

Al Scott: bass guitar

Adrian Oxaal: guitar

Sean Randle: drums


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