jackie oates


The Spyglass & The Herringbone

In 2015 Jackie will release her sixth studio album, The Spyglass & The Herringbone (out 27th April 2015 – ECC Records), 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, 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

  1. John Blunt
  2. Can’t Be Sure
  3. Doffing Mistress
  4. The Spyglass & The Herringbone
  5. Hail! Hail! The First of May
  6. Take This Letter To My Mother
  7. The Robbers’ Retreat
  8. The Yellow Bittern
  9. The Halsway Carol
  10. A Cornish Young Man
  11. The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife
  12. The Banks of the Bann


Recorded in England and Iceland in late 2012, Lullabies sees Jackie venture into the rarely explored cannon of traditional and contemporary sleep songs. Featuring contributions by Belinda O’Hooley, Chris Sarjeant, Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir, it was produced by Richard Evans and is released by ECC Records.

  1. Dream Angus
  2. Dandling Songs
  3. Waiting For The Lark
  4. Alexander Beetle/Farewell Nel
  5. Bi Bi Og Blaka
  6. The Posy Rhyme
  7. The Worthy Wood Carol
  8. Sofuðu unga ástin mín/Sofi Sofi barnið
  9. Philomel
  10. Wexford Lullaby
  11. Little Fishes/The Rainy Day Fisherman
  12. Junk
  13. They Cradle Is Green
  14. When I Was A Lady
  15. Sleepers Awake


jackieoates-packshotProduced by Richard Evans and released on The Imagined Village’s ECC label, ‘Saturnine’ sees special guest contributions from Jim Moray, Alasdair Roberts, Karen Tweed and the well known Devon acoustic male voice line up The Claque.

  1. Sweet Nightingale
  2. Marrow Bones
  3. Scarborough’s Fair Town
  4. The Hills of Trencrom / Pebm Olva
  5. Gathering Rushes
  6. Poor Murdered Woman
  7. The Trees They Are So High
  8. Fin(n)ish(ish)
  9. IOU
  10. Four Pence A Day
  11. Brigg Fair
  12. Fortune Turns The Wheel


jackieoates-packshot‘Hyperboreans’ is the coming-of-age album for Jackie Oates.  Produced by her brother Jim Moray and featuring a title track written for her by Alasdair Roberts, it sizzles with a new confidence and maturity.  Her uniquely beautiful vocal comes to the fore throughout the album adding a new freshness to traditional songs including ‘The Pleasant Month Of May’ and ‘Young Leonard’.  There is a show-stopping and deeply moving rendition of Past Caring based on a poem by Australian Henry Lawson as well as a joyfully breezy cover of Birthday by The Sugarcubes.  The album concludes with an unforgettable performance of May The Kindness by little-known Devon songwriter Dave Wood.

  1. The Miller and His Three Sons
  2. Hyperboreans
  3. Locks and Bolts
  4. The Pleasant Month of May
  5. Past Caring
  6. The Sheffield Grinder/Mavis
  7. Young Leonard 2
  8. Birthday
  9. The Isle of France
  10. The Butcher’s Boy
  11. May the Kindness

The Violet Hour

jackiaoates-violetJackie Oates”s second album features great performances by a host of wonderful friends and musicians from Devon and beyond, including the glamorous Jim Causley and Matt Norman, fellow Wistmans Woodfolk Steve Turner and Andy Clarke, Nick Wyke and Becky Driscoll, Sean O’Shea, Phil Beer, James Dumbelton, Gris Saunderson, Nick Cooke, Jim Moray, Tim Van Eyken and Belinda O’Hooley from the far north. Once more, the album has been produced by Phil Beer and is released on his label, Chudleigh Roots.

  1. Lark In the Morning
  2. The Bonny Labouring Boy
  3. Billy Reilley
  4. Hampton Lullaby
  5. Tobias The Grinder; Our Trip To Croyde
  6. Richie’s Lady
  7. Young Donald
  8. Rob Roy
  9. Crockery Ware
  10. Summer’s End
  11. Goodbye To Beesands And To Magic
  12. My Ship’s Lost Its Rigging
  13. Wishfulness Waltz
  14. 3/8 Bourrees (live)

Jackie Oates (Self titled debut)

jackiaoates-debutRecorded and produced by Phil Beer, in Exeter between Jan 2005 and May 2006, and features Ed Rennie, Phil Beer, Jonathan Shoreland. Martin Keates, Belinda O’Hooley, Matt Norman and Emma Blackie, with photography by Steph Cheesman and design work by Brad Waters. The album is a collection of mostly traditional English ballads and songs of a bleak nature!

  1. Banks Of Green Willow
  2. Cruel Ship Carpenter
  3. Streams Of Lovely Nancy
  4. Mormond Braes
  5. I Wish It Was Last September/Ickbod
  6. Lord Abore And Mary Flynn
  7. Flower Of Northumberland
  8. Lavenders Blue/Mazurka
  9. Staffordshire Maid
  10. Mistletoe Bough
  11. Rambleaway
  12. Broken Town
  13. 14th November

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