Following the announcement of the release of their 'Best-of' album This House Will Stand, Oysterband yet again host the Big Session in Buxton along with special guests Eliza Carthy and Saul Rose.
When the Oyster writing team of Jones/Prosser/Telfer came up with a song last year called I Built This House, a friend said the title sounded like somebody's life story… and an idea was born.
On the crest of an almost 40-year international career, and with their distinctive mix of crafted lyrics, big tunes and deep experience of British traditional music still evolving, the time was right for a fresh overview. A double CD, This House Will Stand: The Best of Oysterband 1998-2015 comprises 15 classics chosen by the band from their last six studio albums (including Ragged Kingdom, their multi-award-winning collaboration with June Tabor) and 14 unreleased tracks, rare B-sides and intriguing ‘alt’ versions. Six of the 29 tracks are traditional.
The only act with two albums in fRoots Magazine readers’ 40-year Best of the Best poll (Ragged Kingdom and Holy Bandits), Oysterband are still willing to take risks with the genre and still passionately committed to the excitement of live performance.
Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, Carthy has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, she has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.
Eliza grew up immersed in the world of traditional music. She still divides her time between touring and recording with her legendary parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, as well as engaging in numerous pioneering solo and band projects, including work with Pere Ubu and Melanie Challenger, an artist in residence in Antarctica.
“Eliza Carthy is one of the figureheads of the English folk revival … compelling”Evening Standard
“A gloriously natural singer”Q Magazine
Saul Rose is one of the leading melodeon players in the country. He's best known for his work with the Kings of Calicutt and Waterson:Carthy and has been a professional folk musician on and off since his late teens. A player involved with traditional music via a morris dancing past and playing music for dancing, he has been playing melodeon since he was 10.
After entering (and not winning) the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award in 1991, Saul was spotted by Eliza Carthy and asked to form the Kings of Calicutt with Eliza and Nancy Kerr. Saul has gone on to feature in Waterson:Carthy, Whapweasel, the Jim Moray band, Faustus, Ruth Notman, Random and the Gavin Davenport band as well as duos with Eliza, Maclaine Colston and now James Delarre. 2011 was spent almost entirely singing, playing and acting in the renowned West End production in the principal role of Songman. Saul’s versatility has seen him deputise in Bellowhead, Tickled Pink and Edward II and more recently Saul has recorded and produced albums commercially in the Whapweasel recording studio.
Our friends from Music in the Green will have a stand in the Pavilion Arts Centre foyer during the Big Session weekend. Don't forget to pop by and say hello!