Photograph By Martin Elliott
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.
Great gig down the jolly Old Market Inn you guys rock with amazing talent & beautiful beats thank you!”
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'.