Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2009
Shortlisted for the fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year 2009
Number 5 on the Mojo Folk Album of the Year Chart
Nominated for three BBC Folk Awards 2010
Fatea Female Vocalist of the Year
The release of the album ‘The Violet Hour’ in early 2008 marked the start of a remarkable solo recording career for Jackie Oates.
Her decision to leave the Mercury-nominated Rachel Unthank & The Winterset to forge her own career looked like a brave decision at the time but has proved to be inspired. Jackie was soon after nominated for as best newcomer in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. A swathe of glowing national reviews came with the release of ‘The Violet Hour’ soon after with the album going on to be one of Mojo’s top ten folk albums of the year in 2008.
‘Make room for an impeccable starlet-to-be’ Word
‘Marking the full graduation of Jackie Oates as a front line talent’ fRoots
‘Oates has a clear voice that is at once traditional and modern, as embodied by the spine-tingling closing track.’ ***Q
‘Jackie Oates is deservedly becoming yet another young celebrity in the new folk scene’ ***The Guardian
‘English folk-pop…as pretty as some spring mornings.’ ***The Independent
The new year saw Jackie walking away with a remarkable two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards including the Horizon Award for best newcomer, the award which had alluded her the year before. Jackie Oates, solo artist, had arrived.
In September 2009 One Little Indian Records released Jackie’s next album ‘Hyperboreans’, the highly anticipated follow-up to ‘The Violet Hour’ in the UK.
‘Hyperboreans’ was a the coming-of-age album for Jackie. Produced by her brother Jim Moray, it sizzled with a new confidence and maturity. Her uniquely beautiful vocal came to the fore throughout the album adding a new freshness to the traditional and contemporary songs. It included a show-stopping and deeply moving rendition of ‘Past Caring’ based on a poem by Australian Henry Lawson as well as a joyfully breezy cover of ‘Birthday’ by The Sugarcubes. The album concluded with an unforgettable performance of ‘May The Kindnes’s by little-known Devon songwriter Dave Wood.
The first single from the album, a cover of the tantalisingly weird song ‘Birthday’ by The Sugarcubes, has garnered a splash of mainstream radio play since it’s release including repeated plays on John Kennedy’s X-Posure on XFM, daytime play on Cerys Matthews 6Music show and late night Radio 2 play on Steve Lamacq’s show.
The end of 2009 has seen the album receive a nomination for the fRoots Critics’ Poll Album of the Year and reach number 5 on the Mojo Folk Album of the Year Chart. The album was also released across Europe, Australia, Japan and South Africa in November 2009. Jackie Oates received three nominations for Folk Singer of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Track for ‘Isle Of France’ in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards.
Jackie performed at South-By-South-West is Austin, Texas in March 2010. Festival dates in summer 2010 included Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth FolkWeek, The Big Session, English Originals at Birmingham Town Hall, Shepley Spring Festival, Towersey Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival and more. In autumn 2010 she toured as support in Show Of Hands.
In 2011 she toured as a newly installed permanent member of The Imagined Village as well as in her own right and also took part in the Cecil Sharp Project, a one week songwriting project with folk stars from the UK and US resulting in a new album which received 5 stars in Songlines magazine.
The same year Jackie was also the inspiration for a new product in the nationwide chain of 700 Lush stores. The tinted moisturiser, titled ‘Jackie Oates – for traditional folk’, established her influence beyond just the music world.
On 12th September 2011 Jackie’s fourth studio album ‘Saturnine’ was be released on ECC Records and has caused a tital wave of media coverage that exceeds even the coverage received by ‘Hyperboreans’. Radio session and interviews have included Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4), World On 3 (BBC Radio 3), The Mike Harding Show (BBC Radio 2), The Cerys Matthews Show (BBC 6Music). Press reviews have underlined the album as a further step forward in her career:
A luscious album…rich in so many ways’ Songlines
‘What’s most impressive here is the way thearrangements and instrumentation weave together so seamlessly…comparisons with June Tabor are apt.’ Uncut ****
‘She must now surely be considered among the highest echelons of the modern wave of British folk acts.’ fRoots
‘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