In 1990 June Tabor and Oysterband collaborated on the classic Freedom And Rain album – frequently regarded as one of the Top 5 Folk albums of all time.
Twenty one years later they’ve reconvened, to record the magnificent Ragged Kingdom. The album will be released on Monday 19th September.
Invited to reunite for fRoots’ 30th birthday party at the Roundhouse they all came off-stage determined to make a belated follow-up to their earlier collaboration.
”The spark” says Oysterband’s Ian Telfer “is we really feel we do something together which is different from what we do as separate acts. There is something in the combination of June’s exquisite dark voice with the supple energy of Oysterband that greatly pleases us. June comes to recording fantastically well prepared: every nuance of meaning and feeling considered in advance and plotted in her mind. Then she stands in the studio and delivers one perfect take, like an act of Chinese calligraphy. Or maybe Chinese cooking: the work is all in the preparation.”
JUNE TABOR & OYSTERBAND
1 Bonny Bunch Of Roses
2 That Was My Veil
3 Son David
4 Love Will Tear Us Apart
5 (When I Was No But) Sweet Sixteen
6 Judas (Was A Red-Headed Man)
7 If My Love Loves Me
8 The Hills Of Shiloh
9 Fountains Flowing
10 The Leaves Of Life
11 Seven Curses
12 The Dark End Of The Street
“A marriage made in heaven.” Rolling Stone
“Glorious.” ★★★★★ Mojo
“This is one reunion that works so magnificently it even overshadows the magical memories of their previous collaboration 21 years ago.” Colin Irwin, fRoots
with thanks to Ian Anderson at fRoots
“Striking gold by fusing the contemporary and traditional is at the heart of the folk process. Ragged Kingdom raises the alchemy of that process to the highest level.” Tim Cumming / The Independent
Further information can be found at: www.oysterband.co.uk
A new remix of the splendid June Tabor & Oysterband reading of Love Will Tear Us Apart was released on a 7″ vinyl single to help celebrate the 5th Annual Record Store Day on 21st April 2012. The ‘b’ side is a live recording of Fountains Flowing recorded at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Salford. An historic release – Topic’s first vinyl single for 32 years!
We have a very limited quantity of the vinyl 7″ available for sale by mail order.
JUNE TABOR won the prestigious SINGER OF THE YEAR award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards ceremony on Wednesday February 9th. Alongside the OYSTERBAND she also scooped the awards for BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Ragged Kingdom, BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK – Bonny Bunch Of Roses and BEST GROUP.
photograph by Judith Burrows