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Jackie Oates — The Spyglass & the Herringbone
° JACKIE OATES IS A SINGER AND FIDDLE PLAYER HAILING FROM STAFFORDSHIRE. HER UNIQUE TREATMENT OF ENGLISH BALLADS AND SONGS, AND PURE, HAUNTING SINGING STYLE HAS ESTABLISHED HER AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE NEW ENGLISH FOLK REVIVAL.
° She was a member of Rachel Unthank and the Winterset between 2003 and 2007.
Born: 1983, Congleton, Cheshire, UK
Location: Devon, Oxford, UK
Origin: Brocton, Staffordshire
Album release: April 27th, 2015
Record Label: ECC Records
01. John Blunt 2:59
02. Can’t Be Sure 3:57
03. Doffing Mistress 3:03
04. The Spyglass & The Herringbone 4:15
05. Hail! Hail! The First of May 2:38
06. Take This Letter to My Mother 3:13
07. Robbers’ Retreat 3:17
08. The Yellow Bittern 5:37
09. The Halsway Carol 4:20
10. A Cornish Young Man 3:04
11. The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife 4:24
12. Banks of the Bann 3:08
° Jackie Oates: 5 String Viola, Octave Violin, Shruti, Vocals
° Tristan Seume: Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals
° Mike Cosgrave: Accordion, Guitar
° Production credits include Afro Celt Sound System/The Imagined Village’s Simon Emmerson, multi–BBC Folk Award nominee Ben Walker and Richard Evans, who also produced Jackie’s previous albums Lullabies and Saturnine. The album features performances by names from folk and mainstream music including Jim Moray, Andy Gangadeen, John Parker and Jack Rutter.
° In 2015 Jackie will release her sixth studio album, The Spyglass & The Herringbone, a record exploring lesser known but life–affirming songs from the English tradition, drawing on material dug from the archives, as well as some carefully selected original works including the title track by band member Chris Sarjeant. Production credits include Afro Celt Sound System/The Imagined Village's Simon Emmerson and multi–BBC Folk Award nominee Ben Walker.
° Jackie Oates: The Spyglass & the Herringbone review — bright as a May morn.
Neil Spencer, Sunday 26 April 2015 08.00 BST; Score: ****
° The Devon singer and fiddler has made some bold moves over her previous five albums (a Björk cover, for example), but here she mostly cleaves to tradition. Old songs such as Robbers’ Retreat and The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife are reprised with exuberance, while new material like Chris Sarjeant’s title piece — a touching tale of Victorian foundlings — are cut from familiar cloth. Oates’s vocals, bright as a May morn, carry the tales and poems with easy grace, helped by polished accompanists, while a cover of the Sundays’ Can’t Be Sure comes with a lush string arrangement. One of English folk’s class acts. ° http://www.theguardian.com/
° Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super–group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.
° In 2008 she released her second album ‘The Violet Hour’ which was followed by a swathe of glowing national reviews, with the album going on to be one of Mojo’s top ten folk albums of the year. The new year saw Jackie walking away with two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards including the Horizon Award for best newcomer.
° Newly signed to One Little Indian Records, on September 7th 2009 Jackie released ‘Hyperboreans’, produced by her brother Jim Moray and featuring a title track written for her by Alasdair Roberts. Her uniquely beautiful vocal came to the fore throughout the album adding a new freshness to her sound. The first single from the album, a cover of the tantalisingly weird song ‘Birthday’ by The Sugarcubes, garnered a splash of mainstream radio play including repeated plays on John Kennedy’s X–Posure on XFM, daytime play on Cerys Matthews 6Music show and late night Radio 2 play on Steve Lamacq’s show.
° The release of Hyperboreans in the UK was followed by Jackie’s first national tour of England in October/November 2009 with support from Arts Council England. The album was then released in Europe, Japan and Australia in November 2009. The end of 2009 saw Hyperboreans receive a nomination for the fRoots Critics’ Poll Album of the Year, reach number 5 on the Mojo Folk Album of the Year Chart and nominations for the 2010 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Track for ‘Isle Of France’.
° In 2010 Jackie performed at SXSW in Austin Texas, and guested with The Imagined Village as well as performing on main stages at some of the most important folk festivals in the UK including Cambridge Folk Festival. She was asked to become a permanent member of the all–star fusion band Imagined Village alongside Eliza Carthy, Simon Emmerson, Martin Carthy and more.
° Early in 2011 she was invited to take part in the Cecil Sharp Project, a song writing house project initiates by Shrewsbury Folk Festival and supported by EFDSS which brought together English and Appalachian musicians for an intensive week of song writing in a house in Shropshire followed by three concerts and the recording of a live album which went on to receive a 5 star review and Top Of The World rating from Songlines magazine. The same year Lush, the nationwide chain of 700 stores selling handmade soaps and cosmetics, launched a ‘colour supplement’ in the name ‘Jackie Oates’ and tagged ‘for traditional folk’ and folk pop artist David Owen immortalized her as a newly imagined ‘Jackie O’ for the 21st century. Jackie also toured with folk star Seth Lakeman the same year.
° In September 2011 Jackie Oates released her fourth studio album titled ‘Saturnine’, produced by Richard Evans, released by ECC Records and featuring contributions from Jim Moray, Karen Tweed and The Claque. Now a major name in the English folk scene, Jackie followed the release with a major round of touring in the UK and abroad and a packed season of festival appearances, with sales of Saturnine eclipsing those of her previous albums.
° In 2012 she began an extensive period of research into an area of song that is particularly close to her heart: lullabies. Collating material for England and beyond into a new collection to be house at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House in London. In autumn she went into the studio with producer Richard Evans and musicians Belinda O’Hooley and Chris Sarjeant to record a selection of the material for a new Lullabies album that was completed with works recorded by Richard and Jackie during a trip to Reykjavik in Iceland in November just days before the album was finalized.
° The album ‘Lullabies’ will be released on 18th March 2013 by ECC Records and followed by two Lullabies tours in April and October 2013.
° Jackie Oates (Hands On Music HMCD25, 2006)
° The Violet Hour (Chudleigh Roots CR002, 2008)
° Hyperboreans (One Little Indian TPLP1034CD, 2009)
° Saturnine (ECC Records ECC004, 2011)
° Lullabies (ECC Records ECC009, 2013)
With other acts:
° Cruel Sister — Rachel Unthank and the Winterset (Rabble Rouser RR005, 2005)
° Bending The Dark — The Imagined Village (ECC Records ECC006, 2012)
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