Jackie Oates

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Jackie Oates
Jackie Oates 2010.jpg
Oates in 2010
Background information
Born 1983 (age 34–35)
Congleton, Cheshire, UK
Origin Brocton, Staffordshire
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician, music teacher
Instruments Singing, violin, viola, shruti box
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
The Imagined Village
Morris Offspring
Website www.jackieoates.co.uk
Oates at Priddy Folk Festival in 2008

Jackie Oates is an English folk singer and fiddle player.

She was born in Congleton in Cheshire in 1983, but grew up in Staffordshire. At the age of 18, she moved to Devon to study English literature at Exeter University, and was based in Devon until 2011, when she moved to Oxford.[1] She was a member of Rachel Unthank and the Winterset between 2003 and 2007.

She was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award in 2003,[2] and was one of the nominees for the Horizon Award in 2008,[3] going on to win that award in 2009, as well as the award for best traditional track for her recording of "The Lark in the Morning".[4]

In addition to her solo work, she has performed as part of the folk trio Wistman's Wood and sung with Morris Offspring and The Imagined Village.

Her brother is the singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Jim Moray, and they have guested on each other's albums.[5]


Solo albums
  • Jackie Oates (Hands On Music HMCD25, 2006)
  • The Violet Hour (Chudleigh Roots CR002, 2008)
  • Hyperboreans (One Little Indian TPLP1034CD, 2009)
  • Saturnine (ECC Records ECC004, 2011)
  • Lullabies (ECC Records ECC009, 2013)
  • The Spyglass & The Herringbone (ECC Records, 2015)[6]
With other acts


  1. ^ Rogers, Jude (5 January 2012). "Jackie Oates: the new face of folk". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2003 – the finalists. BBC press release, 5 December 2003. Accessed 27 September 2008
  3. ^ BBC Radio 2 – Folk Awards 2008 – winners and nominees. Accessed 27 September 2008
  4. ^ BBC – Radio 2 – Folk Awards 2009. Accessed 3 February 2009.
  5. ^ Jackie's Violet Hour. BBC Devon. Created 31 January 2008, last updated 10 April 2008. Accessed 27 September 2008.
  6. ^ Gallacher, Alex (20 March 2015). "Jackie Oates New album & Tour: The Spyglass & The Herringbone". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 

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