Oysterband extend their “A Long Long Goodbye” tour with the announcement of a further series of headline shows this November.

While recognised as one of the UK’s foremost folk-rock bands and an unparalleled live proposition, the band confirm 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 twenty 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 are on sale here: A Long Long Goodbye

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. The remaining tickets for those fixtures are on sale now.

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.”

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.

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Endlessly touring and writing over the course of their 45 year career, the band have played all over the world and released dozens of studio releases throughout their career, including seminal albums like ‘Holy Bandits’ (1993), ‘The Shouting End of Life’ (1995) and ‘Diamonds On The Water’ (2014), not to mention timeless compilations, and unbeatable live albums. 

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.

And Oysterband’s efforts have not gone unnoticed either. 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.

Now, after 45 years on the road, the legendary Canterbury-formed collective will be hanging up their touring boots with a tour aptly named “A Long Long Goodbye”. Planning a year of unmissable shows at some of their favourite haunts of old, they will be performing career-spanning sets, while also revisiting highlights of their work with June Tabor.

In a statement about the upcoming ‘A Long Long Goodbye’ tour, Oysterband said: “We’re hanging up our travelling shoes, but we’re taking a year or so to say goodbye to our lovely live audience.  And we mean to enjoy every minute! It’s been a long, tough, joyful journey, but the time has come. In the words of our own song “Granite Years”, we’re waving you a long, long goodbye… Come help us celebrate!”

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.

Oysterband ‘A Long Long Goodbye’ Tour Dates with extra dates shown:
  • Thu 03 Oct 2024 – Birmingham – Town Hall
  • Fri 04 Oct 2024 – Bristol – Beacon
  • Sat 05 Oct 2024 – Bexhill – De La Warr Pavilion
  • Sat 12 Oct 2024 – Manchester – RNCM Concert Hall
  • Sun 13 Oct 2024 – Sunderland – The Fire Station
  • Tue 15 Oct 2024 – Leicester – De Montfort Hall
  • Sat 19 Oct 2024 – London – The Barbican
  • Mon 04 Nov 2024 – Shrewsbury – Theatre Severn
  • Tue 05 Nov 2024 – Chester – Storyhouse
  • Wed 06 Nov 2024 – Leeds – City Varieties Music Hall
  • Fri 08 Nov 2024 – Bodmin – St Petroc’s Church
  • Sat 09 Nov 2024 – Bruton – St Mary’s Church
  • Tue 12 Nov 2024 – Maidenhead – Norden Farm Centre
  • Wed 13 Nov 2024 – Milton Keynes – The Stables
  • Thu 14 Nov 2024 – Bury St Edmunds – The Apex
  • Sat 16 Nov 2024 – Kendal – Brewery Arts Centre
  • Mon 18 Nov 2024 – Manchester – Band On The Wall
  • Tue 19 Nov 2024 – Beverley – East Riding Theatre
  • Wed 20 Nov 2024 – Sheffield – Memorial Hall
  • Fri 22 Nov 2024 – Hertford – Corn Exchange
  • Sat 23 Nov 2024 – Cranbrook – Queens Hall Theatre
  • Sun 24 Nov 2024 – Wimborne – Allendale Centre
  • Mon 02 Dec 2024 – Exeter – Phoenix
  • Tue 03 Dec 2024 – Exeter – Phoenix
  • Wed 04 Dec 2024 – Portsmouth – The Wedgewood Rooms
  • Thu 05 Dec 2024 – Stroud – Subscription Rooms
  • Fri 06 Dec 2024 – Emsworth – Emsworth St James’ Church