Oysterband (originally Oyster Band) is a British folk rock band formed in Canterbury in around 1976. The band grew out of the earlier Fiddler's Dram and the Oyster Ceilidh Band. Their first album, released under the Oyster Ceilidh Band name, was Jacks Alive (1978) on the Dingles record label. Subsequent albums, as Oyster Band (sometimes The Oyster Band) were released on the band's own Pukka Music label: English Rock N Roll: The Early Years 1800-1850 and Lie Back and Think of England, followed by 20 Golden Tie-slackeners and Liberty Hall.
The lineup of the band changed over these albums. The first recorded line-up was: *Cathy Lesurf - vocals; *John Jones - melodeon, vocals; *Alan Prosser - guitars, fiddle; *Chris Taylor - guitar, bouzouki, harmonica, one-row melodeon, mandola; *Ian Telfer - violin, English concertina; *Chris Wood - bass guitar; *Will Ward - bassoon, recorders, crumhorn, keyboards