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The Joy of Living

The brand new album The Joy Of Living is now available to pre-order from ECC Records

The Joy of Living features songs made famous by folk greats including Ewan McColl, Lal Waterson and Davey Steele, as well as carefully picked songs from artists such as John Lennon and Darwin Deez – all interpreted in Jackie’s inimitable style.

Recorded at home in Jackie’s kitchen (with baby Rosie in attendance) she collaborated with fellow Imagined Village alumni and producer Simon Richmond to create this intimate, touching and uplifting collection. The album also features performances by friends from the world of folk including Mike Cosgrave, Barney Morse Brown, John Parker and Jack Rutter.

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



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Bringing together traditional lullabies, sleep songs and songs for children from the English folk cannon and beyond, including two Icelandic lullabies with special guest appearances by Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir, as well as material suggested to Jackie by fans via this website, Lullabies is an inspired collection of beautiful arrangements, unexpected additions, including a little-known Beatles cover, and explorations into a unique form of song.


Jackie Oates SaturnineProduced 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 little known Devon acoustic male voice line up The Claque. Through ‘Saturnine’ is a strong connection to the songs, tunes and people of her west country of England base, as well as a burgeoning maturity which sees her move on to new heights.

Through ‘Saturnine’ is a strong connection to the songs, tunes and people of her west country of England base, as well as a burgeoning maturity which sees her move on to new heights.

The Sweet Nightingale
Poor Murdered Woman
Marrow Bones


Jackie OatesReleased on One Little Indian Records, on September 7th 2009 ‘Hyperboreans was the highly anticipated follow-up to ‘The Violet Hour’.

Produced by her brother Jim Moray and featuring a title track written for her by Alasdair Roberts, it sizzles with a new confidence.  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.

Past Caring

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