Battle Of The Bands Winner - Oysland
And the winner is...
Oysland, with their breathtaking contemporary Klezmer! Seven-piece band Oysland embody the new generation of Yiddish roots music, serving up an exuberant and soulful cocktail of wedding songs and lamenting lullabies. They swoop through centuries of traditional pieces gleaned from Eastern Europe with panache, adding wider scopes from the Balkans, whilst preserving all the essential & original ingredients. Expect, heartfelt melodies, foot-stomping beats and echoes of a bygone era. A firm feature on the London Klezmer/Balkan scene they play regularly at venues including Jamboree, Hootenanny and Green Note.They also have a wealth of experience playing for weddings, bar mitzvahs, dances and other parties and functions...
A short-list of this season's competition was determined from the top numbers of community feedback, ratings, and comments a track received. Panelists from World Music Network, Songlines Magazine, BBC and independent radio then voted to determine the overall winner. Oysland will feature on a forthcoming project with World Music Network and will receive press coverage in Songlines Magazine.
'Top-notch, next-generation Klezmer' DJ Ritu, A World in London, Resonance FM
New City Music, Chicago: 'a great showcase of the funky sounds currently made in Crescent City'.
The Guardian, UK, 3*** stars: 'A classy compilation'.
Guardian, UK 4****stars: 'A highly original, compelling set'.
Froots, UK: '... a superb album of an under-represented music ... and comes highly recommended'.