London-based Americana/folk duo O&O, one of the highlights among C2C Festival’s homegrown acts earlier this year, have released their latest single ‘Tears In The Rain’ ahead of a run of UK festival appearances throughout the summer including Black Deer, Buckle & Boots, and Cambridge Folk Festival. In their own words: “We wrote this song after being away from each other for a few weeks while visiting our respective home countries. ‘Tears In The Rain’ started as a song about missing someone you love but developed into a darker theme about being in a state of denial after being left in a relationship. The evening we returned to London, Obadiah was noodling on an acoustic guitar and started playing the intro, which instantly conjured a melancholic mood and reminded us of Leonard Cohen. As we put the song together, we drew on influences from 70s Country and Rock bands like America and The Eagles.” Catch the duo live at the following dates, with more to follow later in the summer:
23 June – Buckle & Boots Festival, Manchester
24 June – Black Deer Festival, Kent
18 July – Sofar Sounds, Liverpool
5 August – Cambridge Folk Festival
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 incuding 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.
Their self-released debut single ‘Traveling’ – with the “perfect harmonies” praised by sites such as The Daily Country and Building Our Own Nashville, showed all the signs of early success, with support across the British music scene, while proceeds from the single and donations raised during a series of pop-up concerts in collaboration with Busk In London and Network Rail went towards raising awareness of national charity Youth Music and its music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. More recently, the duo were one of the highlights of this year’s Country to Country festival at the O2 Arena, with W21 Music describing their “lovely harmonies”; and one of a handful of acts chosen to record an exclusive Under The Apple Tree acoustic session at the event, aired in a special edition of the show on Chris Country Radio.
Following the release of previous single ‘Some Days’ in January, O&O’s new track ‘Tears In The Rain’ comes out May 25th 2018, and the duo are set to appear at a number of major UK festivals throughout the summer.