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NEWS: Oysterband extend ‘A Long Long Goodbye’ tour

Oysterband extend their ‘A Long Long Goodbye‘ tour with the announcement of a further series of headline shows this November. The band confirmed the decision they made recently to call time on their touring career. Intending to bow out on a high, Oysterband will serve up a resolute reminder of their captivating live performances and immortal songbook as they chart a special Autumn tour around some of their favourite UK towns and venues that have supported them all these years.

Kicking off in Shrewsbury on 4th November, the 20-date run will see the band travelling the length and breadth of England, from Bodmin to Bruton, Manchester to Maidenhead and beyond. Tickets for these shows will go on sale this Friday 5 April at 10AM. These new shows come in addition to Oysterband’s previously announced “A Long Long Goodbye” dates with June Tabor, in which they will be performing alongside the English folk singer who has guested on some of their greatest works, for the final time.

Speaking about their upcoming shows Oysterband say:
“The reaction to our first announcement has been far greater than we ever imagined it would be. We’re genuinely moved by people’s desire to say what the songs have meant to them.”

3rd: Birmingham – Town Hall w/ JUNE TABOR
4th: Bristol – Beacon w/ JUNE TABOR 
5th: Bexhill – De La Warr Pavilion w/ JUNE TABOR 
12th: Manchester – RNCM Concert Hall w/ JUNE TABOR 
13th: Sunderland – The Fire Station w/ JUNE TABOR 
15th: Leicester – De Montfort Hall w/ JUNE TABOR 
19th: London – The Barbican w/ JUNE TABOR

4th:Shrewsbury – Theatre Severn  ** JUST ADDED **
5th: Chester – Storyhouse   ** JUST ADDED **
6th :Leeds – City Varieties Music Hall  ** JUST ADDED **
8th: Bodmin – St Petroc’s Church  ** JUST ADDED **
9th: Bruton – St Mary’s Church  ** JUST ADDED **
12th: Maidenhead – Norden Farm Centre  ** JUST ADDED **
13th: Milton Keynes – The Stables  ** JUST ADDED **
14th: Bury St Edmunds – The Apex  ** JUST ADDED **
16th: Kendal – Brewery Arts Centre  ** JUST ADDED **
18th: Manchester – Band On The Wall  ** JUST ADDED **
19th: Beverley – East Riding Theatre  ** JUST ADDED **
20th: Sheffield – Memorial Hall  ** JUST ADDED **
22nd: Hertford – Corn Exchange  ** JUST ADDED **
23rd: Cranbrook – Queens Hall Theatre  ** JUST ADDED **
24th: Wimborne – Allendale Centre  ** JUST ADDED **

2nd: Exeter – Phoenix  ** JUST ADDED **
3rd : Exeter – Phoenix  ** JUST ADDED **
4th: Portsmouth – The Wedgewood Rooms  ** JUST ADDED **
5th: Stroud – Subscription Rooms  ** JUST ADDED **
6th: Emsworth – Emsworth St James’ Church  ** JUST ADDED **

Emerging in the early 80s from their folk club and ceilidh band days, Oysterband infused both the traditional and their own songs with a passion and energy that was electrifying. Polkas, politics and a heaving dance floor seemed just right for Thatcher’s Britain. Signing to new roots label Cooking Vinyl, headlining English Roots Against Apartheid, playing Glastonbury and the Fleadh several times each, touring with The Pogues in Europe and Billy Bragg in North America, hosting their Big Session Festival in The Midlands. All gained them a large and loyal following both at home and internationally.

Collaborating with June Tabor in 1990, the meeting of minds produced the cult favourite Freedom & Rain. Reconnecting some 21 years later, the resultant album Ragged Kingdom would become one of the best-selling folk-rock albums of the new millennium. Awarded winners of several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Best Band twice, Oysterband’s song-writing has never stood still, and hits such as ‘The Oxford Girl‘, ‘When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down)‘, ‘Everywhere I Go’ and ‘Put Out The Lights’ are now staples of the folk canon. Most recently, Oysterband released their final studio album Read The Sky to much acclaim in 2021 and recently undertook an extensive tour of Europe, plus a special “Decades” tour across the UK where they explored their back catalogue.

Featuring  John Jones (vox, melodeon), Ian Telfer (violin, keyboard), Alan Prosser (guitars), Sean Randle (drums, percussion), Al Scott (bass, mandolin) and Adrian Oxaal (cello, guitars); Oysterband will be going out on a high as they bid “A Long Long Goodbye” to fans and friends at these unforgettable live shows. 

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