Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Oysterband's Fine Catches; WORLD

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Oysterband's Fine Catches; WORLD

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Byline: MARK ESPINER

The Big Session The Forum, NW5

FOR more than 25 years Oysterband have fused their particular brand of politics, searing committed live performances and traditional music.

A bit like an English Pogues, they have, over the years, covered Billy Bragg, involved guest musicians such as June Tabor, the queen of folk, and screamed their own brand of Folk-you punkish music at Thatcherism.

Now, almost visibly bristling with the pride and confidence that a clutch of Radio 2's Folk and World Music Awards 2005 - including best live act, best group and best album - brings, they have lost none of their fire, and in the second instalment of their Big Sessions, invaded and crammed the stage of Kentish Town's Forum with likeminded musical renegades.

Aided and abetted by folk-pop-rock duo Show of Hands, American husband-and-wife team The Handsome Family and fiddle player Eliza Carthy, Oysterband brought their guests on stage for star turns and then embraced them into their wider group. …

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