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Group Description :: Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has attracted increasing attention.

Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and folk clubs across the country, in a solo capacity and with a number of bands. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset until early 2007, and has since guested with Van Eyken, the Reg Meuross Band and Show of Hands.

Jackie is also in demand as a recording artist and has played on a great many albums, notably ‘Sweet England’ and ‘Low Culture’ by Jim Moray, and ‘Witness’ by Show of Hands. Her own self titled debut album received much airplay and success, leading to a nomination for the ‘Horizon’ Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2007.

She released her second album ‘The Violet Hour’ in 2008 on Phil Beer’s CR label. Press acclaim for the album followed. She has also since been featured in interview on The Mike Harding Show on BBC Radio 2.

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