Sally Oldfield

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Sally Oldfield
Birth nameSally Patricia Oldfield
Born (1947-08-03) 3 August 1947 (age 75)
Dublin, Ireland
OriginReading, Berkshire, England
GenresPop, folk
Years active1968–present

Sally Patricia Oldfield (born 3 August 1947)[1] is an Irish singer-songwriter. She is the sister of composers Mike and Terry Oldfield.

Early life[edit]

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Oldfield was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of her mother, Maureen. Spending her childhood in Reading, Berkshire, Oldfield studied ballet from the age of four and won numerous competitions in all styles of dance, including ballet, tap and modern. At the age of eleven, she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dancing, then located in Holland Park, London, and two years later was starred to move on to the Royal Ballet School at White Lodge. However, she gave up ballet two years later, and achieved three A-Levels at Grade A. She studied classical piano to Grade 7. All her school years were spent at St Joseph's Convent School, Reading, where she became friends with Marianne Faithfull. Oldfield read English Literature and Philosophy at Bristol University.[citation needed]

Musical career[edit]

Oldfield's musical career started in early 1968, when she made some demo recordings with her younger brother Mike Oldfield. These sessions were suggested and overseen by Mick Jagger. It is not known what became of those recordings.[2]

Soon after this she founded the folk music duo The Sallyangie together with her brother Mike. The duo was signed to Transatlantic Records and recorded their only album at the recommendation of Pentangle band guitarist, John Renbourn, whom Oldfield met at the Troubadour Folk Club in Bristol. The album Children of the Sun was recorded in August 1968. The songs on it are mainly co-written by Sally and Mike Oldfield, and the album contained some of her brother's early guitar work. Guesting were Terry Cox on drums and Ray Warleigh on flute.

Oldfield's first mainstream recorded release was by a Finnish bass player named Pekka Pohjola. This album was mainly recorded at her brother's studio Througham Slad, Gloucestershire, between 22 November – 5 December 1976 and was originally released in 1977 as Keesojen Lehto by Pekka Pohjola. Later different labels translated the titles and changed the artist's name due to the name recognition of Mike and Sally Oldfield.[3]

Oldfield's debut solo album, Water Bearer, was released in 1978. Her song, "Mirrors", was on the album. It peaked at No. 19 in the UK Singles Chart, spanning 1978 and 1979, and remained in that chart for thirteen weeks.[4] The song also peaked at number 88 in Australia.[5]

Since then, she has released fifteen solo albums.

On the demise of her record label Bronze Records in 1984, Oldfield relocated to Germany and based her musical career there. Most of her albums from 1983 onwards were not released in the UK. She worked with many German record producers and musicians, including Gunther Mende and Candy DeRouge. Oldfield regularly appeared on national television and radio, and undertook several European concert tours, the last being in Germany in 2003.[citation needed]

Guest appearances[edit]

Oldfield provided background vocals in sections of brother Mike's 1970s albums Tubular Bells, Ommadawn and Incantations. She reprised her role on Tr3s Lunas in 2002 and for the 2003 re-recording, Tubular Bells 2003. In addition, she worked on her other brother Terry's recordings.[when?] She sang "Shadow of the Hierophant" on Steve Hackett's 1975 album, Voyage of the Acolyte. On her 1988 CD album "Instincts", released by CBS Records UK, she did a vocal duet with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, titled "Let It Begin", which was a hit in the UK and Europe, and was a popular music video.[citation needed]



  • 1978 – Water Bearer – AUS No. 94[5]
  • 1979 – Easy
  • 1980 – Celebration
  • 1981 – Playing in the Flame
  • 1982 – In Concert
  • 1983 – Strange Day in Berlin
  • 1987 – Femme
  • 1988 – Instincts
  • 1990 – Natasha
  • 1992 – The Flame as 'Natasha Oldfield'
  • 1994 – Three Rings
  • 1996 – Secret Songs
  • 2001 – Flaming Star
  • 2009 – Cantadora
  • 2012 – Arrows of Desire
  • 2018 – The Enchanted Way
  • 2019 – Mystique

With Steve Hackett

With Mike Oldfield

With Pekka Pohjola


  1. ^ Oldfield, Mike (2007). Changeling, the autobiography of Mike Oldfield. Virgin Books. According to her younger brother Mike Oldfield, she's six years older than he is, Mike being born in 1953
  2. ^ Oldfield, Mike (2007). Changeling, the autobiography of Mike Oldfield. Virgin Books. pp. 69–70. My first experience of recording came ... I was just marking time and waiting for my fifteenth birthday
  3. ^ "The Consequences of Indecisions". Dark Star ( Archived from the original on 20 August 2008.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 405. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 223. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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