Get your Oates
Jackie Oates began her recording career with the nascent Unthanks around 10 years ago, but it’s her solo work – now seven albums strong – that has seen her become one of the UK’s best-loved contemporary folk artists. She has won several BBC Folk Awards, but her reach has extended far beyond the usual circles, receiving airplay on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show and alternative station XFM (and, by the by, she’s also had a song featured on ‘Midsomer Murders’ AND had a make-up product name after her by Lush cosmetics. Beat that Rita Ora). 2018’s ‘The Joy of Living’ album received fantastic reviews across the board and was a superb showcase for her mellifluous, unaffected vocal and stripped back fiddle playing. On the album she mourns her late father while also celebrating the birth of her daughter, and finds room for traditional songs, too: Bill Caddick’s ‘Unicorns’ and Hamish Henderson’s ‘Freedom Come All Ye’. She also brings real depth to John Lennon’s primal ‘Mother’, a surprising choice for a cover, maybe, but one that pays off in spades.
Jackie Oates, Saturday 2 February, ARC, Stockton, 8pm, £10. arconline.co.uk