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......The Big Session 2012.....Choose the Oysterband set!......BBC Folk Awards.....Oysterband phone app......2 upcoming shows......vinyl Ragged Kingdom......



Best wishes for 2012, everyone  -  better late than never!


And so the time comes to turn our attention to..........THE BIG SESSION FESTIVAL 2012. We know weıre taking a gamble in moving the site to a greenfield space, but we didnıt have much choice in the matter and we hope youıll support us to do it  -  Catton Hall really is a special place, and we were mightily pleased to find it.

Itıs in the nature of The Big Session that at least one-third of the names on the bill will probably be quite unknown to you. But thatıs the charm of the experience  -  we can guarantee youıll come away raving about somebody or something you hadnıt anticipated at all.

Go to for the bill, biographies of the artists, and all the info youıll need to enjoy and take part.

And for a Œlive commentaryı on the build-up to the festival,

Itıs going to be a cracker. And at £87 (+ booking fee) for a full weekend ticket (early-bird rate until March 31st) we feel itıs pretty good value too.


Pick Oysterband's Friday night set for the festival

In our first set (the one without June Tabor) weıll play what you vote for.

John says: ³This is the band's big opening performance of the weekend and should feature all the live favourites and maybe one or two surprises. Remember it needs all the ingredients for a live performance: a strong opening, slower songs for contrast and a big finish. I know what I would put in, but this is your list. Pick up to 20 songs and I'll do my best to turn them into the perfect live set .²

Entries should only include songs that have been released previously on Oysterband albums Ê no campaigns for Stairway to Heaven, thank you! And this is an Oysterband-only set, so donıt include songs which would require June or any other singer.


Please post your entries either on our Facebook page at


or on the Big Session page at


Facebook-refuseniks can email their lists to  bigsessionsetlistvote_at_gmail_dot_com

Deadline: 1st May 2012. Get busy!


Weıre revving up for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, to be broadcast live from The Lowry, Salford, on Wed 8th February, starting around 19:15 UK time. We have 3 nominations, for Best Group, Best Album and Best Traditional Track (³Bonny Bunch Of Roses²). June also has a richly deserved separate nomination for Folk Singer Of The Year.


Oo-er! Wish us luck..... (Now do we put a hex on it by preparing acceptance speeches, or do we risk looking like startled idiots in the event we win something? Hmmmm.)


We now have an Oysterband phone app. Itıs free from the appropriate App Stores in iPhone and Android versions and though itıs not quite as versatile as the famous Widget itıs a cute way of keeping up with new gigs and news headlines from Oysterworld. Many thanks to ReverbNation, who developed both devices. An iPad version is on its way too, weıre told  -  no definite ETA yet, but weıll keep you posted.


Fan:  OMG - Oyb in the 21st century .....speechless :)

John Jones:  Only some of us..... JJ


(If youıd prefer the Widget, i.e. the computer-use version, it can be downloaded from our homepage at




Don't forget  --



Tuesday 07 February     CHICHESTER     FESTIVAL THEATRE    19:30      £20 / 18 / 16 / 14


Thursday 19 April      LONDON      UNION CHAPEL     19:00   -   08444 771 000





Coming soon:  a vinyl version of "Ragged Kingdom" from audiophile specialist label Stamford Audio. Watch this space.....

See you down the road  --

All the best

John, Alan, Chopper, Ian, Dil  x

c/o Running Man, PO Box 32100, London N4 1GR

email:    oysters_at_oysterband_dot_co_dot_uk