Jackie Oates

Jackie Oates

‘Whether seductively delivering stalwarts like Sweet Nightingale and Brigg Fair

or linking with The Claque on Four Pence A Day and Marrow Bones,

it’s the rustic beauty of Oates’ voice that enthrals.’ Mojo

 Jackie Oates is a phenomenon in the exploding folk scene in the UK today.

Jackie has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and been nominated for several more.  She has been the inspiration behind a ‘Jackie Oates’ titled tinted moisturiser on sale in Lush, the worldwide chain of nine hundred fresh handmade cosmetics stores. She has toured toured as support to Mercury nominated folk-pop star Seth Lakeman.  She has been immortalized as a Jackie Onassis for the 21st century by pop-artist David Owen. She is a member of the all-star multi-cultural folk band Imagined Village alongside Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood, Martin Carthy and more. She took part in the songwriting house of the Cecil Sharp Project which garnered major features on Radio 3’s World on 3, Radio 4’s Today programme and The Guardian.  And more…

After four studio albums, Jackie took time out to work on recording and touring a very special project focused around lullabies.  In her own words:

 ‘For a long time I’ve been fascinated with lullabies, often being struck by the way that, for adults, hearing them can bring back strong memories and feelings of being a child again.

Over the past few months, I’ve had a wonderful time exploring my interest in these songs in more detail; from the folklore of the cradle with its superstitions and customs, to the way in which lullabies can be outlets for the many aspects of parenthood. Through these unique songs children often uncomprehendingly becomes a parent’s confidant, hearing of the joys, grievances and anxieties of the adult world. At other times they are moral tales, bribes for good behaviour or spells to comfort. The variety of material, style and purpose has made this a fascinating journey.

What, for me, has come to light most of all has been the hidden nature of some of the richest of the traditional lullabies from England and beyond. They have been tucked away in song collections, manuscripts and memories and given little real status in the traditional song repertoire. Through this project I’m excited to be giving new life to these lullabies and to be putting a spotlight on this beautiful and very special form of song.’

On 18th March 2013 Jackie released an album of lullabies supported by two Lullabies tours in April and October 2013 during which she ran afternoon lullaby workshops for 0-4 year olds followed by an evening concert, based around the lullabies theme, for adults.

The project as a whole includes a new archive of lullabies collected by Jackie, being lodged in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House in London, the home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

‘She must now surely be considered among the highest echelons of the modern wave of British folk acts.’ fRoots


Jackie Oates

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For national press/media enquiries: Will McCarthy at Will McCarthy PR

Tel: +44 (0)1647 433 859 / +44 (0)7803 054 522 / Email: will@willmccarthy.com

For regional press/media enquiries: Jim Soars at James H Soars Artist Promotion

Tel: +44 (0)1536 720 245 / +44 (0)7758 781 032 / Email: james@jameshsoars.com

Live bookings/management: Terry O’Brien at Playpen Management & Agency

Tel: +44 (0)1795 533 551 / +44 (0)7932 720 058 / terry@playpen.fsbusiness.co.uk

Jackie Oates’s Lullabies is supported by funding from Arts Council England.


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