One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor and Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour. The 2019 Fire And Fleet Tour will take in fifteen dates across the UK this Autumn, including shows at the majestic Union Chapel, Islington, Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, and more. Tickets for all dates are on sale now and available from https://botw.ticketline.co.uk/oysterband-and-june-tabor
With separate distinguished careers to pursue, their appearances together are necessarily rare, so this is a must-see opportunity to catch them live. The majesty and control of June’s voice combined with the passion of John Jones’ singing and the dynamic drive of Oysterband to illuminate dark traditional ballads and contemporary classics alike – witness their moving duet version of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, widely regarded as the best-ever reinterpretation of that much-covered track. Songs from their seminal 1990 album Freedom & Rain and their multi-award-winning 2011 follow-up Ragged Kingdom will, of course, be featured, plus exciting new material.
Ian Telfer of Oysterband said, “We’re delighted to be touring once more with June – a good friend, a great singer of course, and an extraordinary interpreter of songs. (And we have a few new ones for you!)”. June Tabor herself said, “Strong songs, energy, tension, and a fierce, almost tribal audience response – Oysterband at its finest….and I get to stand at the front. Yes!”.
Rolling Stone magazine described this pairing as, “A marriage made in heaven”, whilst Elvis Costello said, “If you can’t appreciate June Tabor, you should just stop listening to music”. These live dates are indeed a rare chance for fans to check in with wonderful artists doing what they do best. Don’t miss them.
Thursday 24 October — NORWICH OPEN
Friday 25 October — BRISTOL ST GEORGE’S
Saturday 26 October — SALISBURY CITY HALL
Sunday 27 October — LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL
Wednesday 30 October — CARDIFF TRAMSHED
Thursday 31 October — SOUTHPORT ATKINSON
Friday 01 November — LEEDS TOWN HALL
Saturday 02 November — THE GATESHEAD SAGE
Sunday 03 November — WARWICK ARTS CENTRE
Friday 08 November — MANCHESTER RNCM
Saturday 09 November — CLITHEROE GRAND
Tuesday 12 November — CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL
Wednesday 13 November — EXETER TOWN HALL
Paul Johnson and Darren Beech catch up with John Jones after Oysterband closed the Saturday night of New Forest Folk Festival 2019.
We talk about the closing set on the Saturday night, the wonderful crowd singing and how they embraced the show, setting a festival record with the most people standing and making ‘one’ audience.
We discuss the anthem songs like a ‘A River Runs, Everywhere I Go, We Could Leave Right Now’, what effect they have on people and how the audience has come to create the refrain.
John discusses the recent Danish Folk Prize Award and we chat about how the band has been embraced by Europe over the years.
We talk about the June Tabor and Oysterband – ‘Fire and Fleet’ 15 date tour in October and November and John also hints of a new Oysterband song that is due to be released soon based to an Ian Telfer Lyric.
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