“One of the most exciting acts” to emerge onto the international Americana/folk scene in recent years (CelebMix), London-based Israeli-American duo O&O have announced the release of their latest single ‘Here We Are’, available to stream/download on 15th November 2019; the first taste of new music since their “impressive debut” EP ‘Truth Comes Out’ was released last year (Building Our Own Nashville). Listen to the EP on Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon and check out the video for the lead track ‘Tears In The Rain’:
Described as “a very fine addition to the UK’s burgeoning Americana scene” by Folking.com, the duo – Orian and Obadiah – have spent the first half of this year working on new music, to be released over the coming months, as well as performing at various festivals including the first ever British Country Music Festival, and continuing to enjoy airplay across the UK, with ongoing support from multiple BBC regional stations and Country Hits Radio among others.
They have also built on their highly successful YouTube channel (approaching a million views to date and nearly 8,000 subscribers), with the recent launch of a new series featuring collaborations with upcoming homegrown Country & Americana artists, selecting singer-songwriter Joe Martin as their first guest.
O&O are currently preparing for a handful of shows between now and the end of the year, including a sold-out Country In The Afternoon performance on 17th November, and their own London headline show at the Finsbury on 7th November – limited tickets available here.
O&O wrapped up 2018 with the release of the reflective, acoustic-led ‘Rolling On’. With an impressive run of festivals that started back in March at C2C and took in Cambridge Folk, Wood Festival, Buckle & Boots, and the inaugural Black Deer among others; live BBC radio performances across the country; and the release of their debut EP ‘Truth Comes Out’ to a hugely positive critical response, it’s safe to say this London based Israeli-American duo have begun to make their mark.
O&O are comprised of Colorado-native, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Obadiah Jones, and Israeli vocalist, Orian Peled. “The shared dream of a career in music led us both halfway across the world to the classrooms of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), where we met for the first time.” While performing together in various projects during their three-year course, O&O established their deep connection as a songwriting partnership and were awarded the unique opportunity of a one-on-one songwriting session with Sir Paul.
“Upon graduating and with student visa expiration dates looming, we knew there would be no country where we could both live and work together,” Obadiah recalls. Determined to overcome the bureaucracy, they found an unlikely solution – to live and perform on cruise ships. A six-month stint in the Caribbean ultimately led them on a two-year journey, performing for thousands, honing their distinct sound and learning their craft, while touring far reaching parts of the world, from Alaska to the Greek Isles.
This long and winding road led the truly international act to their current home, London, where they hope to become a mainstay in the fast-growing Country and Americana music scene in the UK. Although relatively new to the London scene, O&O have already made their presence felt on the local live music circuit over the last twelve months, with support slots for artists including Australian Music Award nominees, The Germein Sisters, and a number of club and festival appearances. Their live show features the duo’s distinctive, close-harmony sound with an Americana flare – Fleetwood Mac meets The Civil Wars.
Following the release of three standalone singles including ‘Traveling’, ‘Some Days’ & ‘Tears In The Rain’, with videos premiering on major US sites The Boot & The Bluegrass Situation; the duo’s debut EP ‘Truth Comes Out’ was released in September 2018 and is available to stream/download now, along with the brand new track ‘Here We Are’.
Visit https://www.oandoduo.com/ for more information.