The Native Oysters Band

About us

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 and guitarist Steven Higgs. All members share a passion for New Orleans music creating a musical experience never to be forgotten.

Native Oysters Band past and continued exploits:


Vicars Picnic, Yalding.

Faversham Hop Festival.

Folkstone Charivari.

Margate Jazz Festival.

Whitstable Oyster Festival.

Brogdale Cider Festival.

Broadstairs Folk Week.

Maidstone Fringe Festival.

Broadstairs Dickens Festival.

Farriers Arms Beer Festival, Mersham.

Whitstable Beer Festival.


Pubs and regular smaller music venues:

Old Neptune, Whitstable.

The Lighthouse Arts & Music Pub, Deal

Olby's Soul Cafe, Margate

Market Inn, Faversham

The Chambers, Folkstone

Three Mariners, Hythe

Fez, Margate

The Anchor, Faversham

Churchill Tavern, Ramsgate

Tickled Trout, Wye

Harper's Bar, Broadstairs

The Rock Lodge, Whitstable

Prince Of Wales, Hoath

Cin Cin Wine Bar, Deal

Red Lion, Hernhill

New Inn, Whitstable

The Swan, West Malling

Follies, Folkstone

The Chapel, Broadstairs


Queen's Park Bandstand, London

Whitstable Oyster Parade.

Sea Sunday Parade, Whitstable

Folkstone Charivari Parade

End Of The Pier Show House Band, Greenwich, Ramsgate, Whitstable

Saxon Shore half marathon

Faversham Market

Westgate Gardens, Canterbury

Channel Radio

Deal Town Hall

Larger venues:

Quarterhouse, Folkstone. Supporting Hot 8 Brass Band

Pizza Express Music Room, Maidstone

Astor Theatre, Deal

Whitstable Umbrella Centre

The Thatched Barn, Farthingloe

Landmark Centre, Deal

Folkstone Harbour Arm

Folkstone Bandstand

The Tabernacle, Powys Square, London

Kent University

Annie's Jazz Club, Southend, Essex

West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, London.

What our fantastic clients say!

"The Native Oysters were fantastic on Sunday, thank you so much. Everything we had hoped for and in fact even better! Everyone said how brilliant you were and you pitched it exactly right for our crowd. One couple had just got back from New Orleans and said they heard nothing there like your quality. That first dance will remain with me for ever. I'm delighted that we finally got you to play for us and thank you so much for your patience through all that nonsense of rearranging dates.

Lots of love from us both."

Mark and Hannah

"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

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