Sally Oldfield

Sally Oldfield (born Aug. 3, 1947) is an English-Irish singer and composer, born in Dublin and raised in Reading, Berkshire. In 1968, she formed the folk-psych duo Sallyangie with her younger brother Mike Oldfield, aged 15 at the time of their singular album Children of the Sun, released that year on Transatlantic Records.

Between 1973 and 1975, Sally Oldfield sang backup on her brother’s first three albums for Virgin: Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, and Ommadawn. She was also enlisted by Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett to sing the symphonic-ballad “Shadow of the Hierophant,” which appears on his debut solo album Voyage of the Acolyte. In 1977, the Oldfield’s assisted Pekka Pohjola on the Finnish bassist’s third solo album Keesojen Lehto.

In 1978, Sally Oldfield debuted as a solo artist with the album Water Bearer on Bronze. The album features the singer on an array of sundry instruments with select help from percussionist Frank Ricotti, keyboardist Dave Lawson (Web/Samurai, Greenslade), and drummer Trevor Spencer (Tarney/Spencer Band). That same year, she also sang on her brother’s lavish double-album Incantations.

Between 1979 and 1983, she issued four further studio albums and a live disc on Bronze, followed by a pair of 1987/88 titles on CBS. In 1989, she collaborated with her other brother Terry Oldfield on the electro-ambient New World Company disc Star of Heaven.


  • Water Bearer (1978)
  • Easy (1979)
  • Celebration (1980)
  • Playing in the Flame (1981)
  • In Concert (live, 1982)
  • Strange Day in Berlin (1983)
  • Femme (1987)
  • Instincts (1988)
  • Sally Natasha Oldfield (1990 • Sally Natasha Oldfield)

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