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Ragged Kingdom

June Tabor & Oysterband

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Album Review

In 1990 June Tabor was joined by the Oysterband on the album Freedom and Rain. Now, 21 years later, the two reunite on Ragged Kingdom. The album features Tabor’s reworkings of traditional songs such as “Bonny Bunch of Roses” while also including some more surprising choices such as PJ Harvey’s “That Was My Veil.” The highly praised live cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is finally committed to tape and sees her duetting with Oysterband vocalist John Jones.

Customer Reviews

Great Collaberation!

It's a long time since the last one, but these two acts seem to produce their best work together. Theres a good mix here of June's beautiful but sometimes rather dark material and intense vocal, and the lighter mood-lifting melodies of the Oysters. There are hints of vintage Fairports too and something for anyone with a love of electric folk!


Born: 31 December 1947 in Warwick, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

June Tabor is probably the finest female traditional British folksinger of the late 20th and early 21st centuries — if not the best British folksinger of her time, period. What links her to Britain's past traditions is the chilling and emotional qualities of her voice. What links her to the British present is her fine taste in material, arrangements,...
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