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Jackie Oates

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Mostly traditional, occasionally contemporary folk


Most recent release, The Spyglass & The Herringbone (2015)

See also:

Jackie Oates's site

Wikpedia's entry on Jackie Oates


Kate Rusby, Bill Jones, Niamh Parsons, Karine Polwart, etc.

Covers/own material:

Mostly traditional, also own tunes and covers

General comments:

Jackie Oates has a gorgeous, very slightly husky, expressive voice and she does lovely versions of traditional songs. Quite pure, strong, and true. Her interpretations are more along the lines of Kate Rusby than The Unthanks or those of her brother, Jim Moray. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Hyperboreans is the only one we've heard


  • Jackie Oates (2006)
  • The Violet Hour (2008)
  • Hyperboreans (2009)
  • Saturnine (2011)
  • Lullabies (2013)
  • The Spyglass & The Herringbone (2015)

Hyperboreans (2009)

Release info:

2009—Unearthed/One Little Indian—TPLP1034CD


Wide, though some places priced as an import

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of traditional folk

Group members:

Jackie Oates—vocals, five-string viola, octave violin, shruti, cello

Guest artists:

James Dumbleton—guitar (4, 6, 7, 10, 11)
Alasdair Roberts—guitar (2, 9): vocals (2, 10)
Saul Rose—melodeon (1, 2, 3, 6, 9)
Sille Ives—open-tuned fiddle (4); bowed lyre (7)
Belinda O'Hooley—piano (11)
The Stringbeans Quartet (8):
     Bethany Porter—cello
     Emma Hooper—viola
     Sue Lordoosecond violin
     Emily Travis—first violin
Bethany Porter—cello (2)
Jim Moray—guitar, mandolin, bazouki, acoustic bass, banjo, tenor guitar, sampling, vocals

Produced by:

Jim Moray


Jackie Oates' lovely vocals are the core of this mostly traditional collection. She's a wonderful interpreter of these songs: bold, expressive, and sure of herself. Not particularly edgy, but that is a plus for most fans of traditional music, who will find a lot to love here. There's even an unexpected cover of The Sugarcubes' song "Birthday," reimagined as a sprightly ballad. It's charming, and might even be my favourite track of the album. Most of her chosen songs here are lively, but there are a few affecting ballads, too. A well-balanced collection, and especially, gorgeously sung. I can see why she has won awards. (Neile)

Further info:

Jackie Oates has performed on various other singer's albums, including The Unthanks and her brother, Jim Moray's albums.

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