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The Native Oysters Band

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The Native Oysters Band / Est. 2013


Formed originally as a community street band for the Whitstable Oyster Festival parade, the Native Oysters have evolved to become a funky, electrifying experience with tight, powerful horn arrangements and creamy, soulful vocals from traditional second-line classics through Americana, 70's funk, right up to full on hip-hop and R&B, all given the Delta city treatment, Whitstable style. 

Founder members, saxophonists Ivan Thompson and Katy Windsor have been the driving force, along with drummer Alan King, adding along the way, lead singer and trumpeter, David Migden; helicon player Russ Kennedy; tuba player Tom Pascoe & sousaphone player, Harry Cook; guitarists Steven Higgs & Richard Rozze. All members share a passion for New Orleans music creating a musical experience never to be forgotten.

What our fantastic clients say!

"Dear Ivan and the band,

We just wanted to drop you a quick note, as we are away on our honeymoon, to say thank you so much for the most incredible day and performance on Saturday.

It was our highlight having you perform from the house, the sound was really good! Dan loved it!
And then the procession!! I don’t think Deal or anyone for that matter had seen anything like it! It was absolutely fantastic!

I will send you some pictures when I get them!!"

Poppy & Dan

"Great gig down the jolly old Market Inn. You guys rock with amazing talent & beautiful beats. Thank you!"

Tanya Gibson

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for playing at Jess and James' wedding, despite getting drenched. I can't tell you how many people said how amazing you where and have been the talk of the town. When I asked J&J what their favourite moment of the day was, they replied 'the band, as it was such a lovely surprise and made the walk in the rain unforgettable"

Teresa Utting

"Hi Katy and Ivan, we had a fantastic wedding day and without a doubt the walk to the restaurant was a high point. Thank you so very much; everything you did was perfect. We hope you had fun as well. Many thanks!"
Here's a little video!

Jacqui and Nick

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