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
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.
Produced 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.
‘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.
Jackie 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.
Recorded 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!