The Oot n' Oots - EPK
Band Name: The Oot n' Oots
Genre: Rock / Comedy / All-Ages
Members: Ruth - voice, ukulele | Ari - voice, guitar | Ezra - voice, guitar | Gabe - voice, bass | Matthew - voice, drums
Hometown: Kelowna, BC, Canada
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CFMA and WCMA nominated The Oot n’ Oots make kids music that is, to quote Jerry Garcia, not for kids only. Drawing on diverse influences from the history of rock n’ roll, this is a band with chops, soul, and swagger. Their original songs are wildly imaginative, brimming with humour and inspiration.
In performance the band casts a spell on their audience, inspiring freedom, lightheartedness, and laughter. The Oot n’ Oots are truly entertainers for the whole family, engendering a feeling of community, joy, and understanding through their free-spirited art.
The band is fronted by 11-year-old vocalist Ruth Cipes with her dad Ezra (vocals, guitar) and uncles Ari (vocals, guitar), Gabe (vocals, bass), and Matthew (vocals, drums). Ruth’s voice has been described as having “the smoky sounds of a jazz chanteuse” and “the earnestness of a 1960s folk singer.” Ruth trades lead vocal duties with Ari, who has a melodic tenor and cache of silly voices and characters.
After years working in Vancouver, Canada making albums and touring with acts such as Tegan & Sara, The English Beat, and Bif Naked, the Cipes brothers returned to take an active role in their family’s organic vineyard in Kelowna, BC. The music never stopped flowing. Now, after starting families of their own, the songs they write have evolved into something the whole family will love in live performance, in the minivan, or on the home stereo.
The band released their second album “Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo” May 25, 2018, and supported it with festival appearances throughout western Canada. The album has been nominated for a CFMA and was named on the Fids and Kamily Awards list of the top 20 albums for kids and families in 2018. Their debut album “Songs and Tales from the Great Blue Whale” (released December 2016) was strong enough to merit nominations for Children’s Artist of the Year at the 2017 WCMAs, and a 2017 Okanagan Arts Award in the music category. The family is is now beginning production of their third album and planning appearances for 2019.
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