Jackie Oates

Friday 20th October



Home - Theatre 1

Seated venue (reserved)


With - The Young 'uns

+ The east pointers

Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player with a pure, haunting style. Her distinctive treatment of English ballads and songs, and velvet voice has justly gained her a reputation as ‘a celebrity in the new folk scene’ (The Guardian). Jackie will be joined at Manchester Folk Festival by long-term collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave. 


Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk.  Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release five acclaimed solo albums. 


An inventive and enthralling artist whose influence has spread far beyond folk music: which other folk artist can say they’ve been immortalised as a Lush cosmetic, featured on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show and appeared in an episode of Midsomer Murders?

 'Over the course of her solo albums and side projects Jackie Oates has been in possession of one of the most gorgeous and lyrical singing voices. There is a faraway quality to it, as well as a melancholy and a note of surrender in the sweetness and warmth.'  Songlines


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