‘There’s a sweetness and melancholy to her voice that is like no other, and for which there is no known formula with which to replicate it.’
Jackie is a folk singer, song-writer and musician. A central figure in English traditional music, Jackie is regarded as one of the country’s best loved folk performers. Her 8th solo studio album, Gracious Wings, took flight in September 2022, receiving acclaim from the music press both within and beyond the folk genre:
‘Her cover of ‘On and On’ by indie band the Longpigs is a bit of genius, proving that a good song can be done in any musical genre or manner.’ **** (Get Ready to Rock)
In the 14 years since her iconic coming of age album Hyperboreans Jackie has continued to build her large and varied following, write her own material, include surprising covers into her albums and breathe new life into the traditional gems she unearths.
Jackie collaborates with a diverse array of artists and commissions, seeking new and surprising artistic corners to illuminate with her voice, research and musicianship. A member of The Imagined Village with Eliza & Martin Carthy and Billy Bragg among others, the band performed at festivals in 2022 including Beautiful Days. Jackie’s version of The Cure’s Untitled was a 2022 commission for LUSH (watch here) and was featured on Iggy Pop’s Confidential Show on BBC Radio 6.
Recent reviews include:
‘Her lovely take on The Longpigs’ On and On should get the John Lewis Xmas ad team on the phone pronto.’
‘Courageous, beautiful and uplifting.. Watch her soar.’
‘Jackie Oates has proved to be among English Folk’s finest singers – a field full of great and original talents. Sometimes, I think she’s the finest of all.’
‘There’s never a single moment of disappointment involved with anything Jackie Oates releases. A must for Jackie fans and music lovers alike.’
‘Enchanting, captivating and spiced with surprises’
‘Another assured & enthralling collection from one of the undoubted talents of the contemporary folk music world.’
Folk Radio UK