O&O Live In London 15th Nov 2018

What a busy year it’s been for UK’s Country/Americana duo O&O. Since last catching up with them at C2C in March ( read our interview here http://bellesandgals.com/2018/03/13/interview-with-oo/) Orian and Obadiah ( originally from Israel and US respectively) have played an array of club and festival dates, including Black Deer, Buckle and Boots and London Roots, and also performed live on several BBC radio stations. September saw the release of their EP “ Truth Comes Out”, the four tracks demonstrating the pairs versatile talents as both writers and performers. “ Tears in the Rain” was the first single to be made available ahead of the the EP, back in May, and with its stunning harmonies and heartfelt message it definitely resonates with anyone separated from their loved one. And it’s just been announced that “ Rolling On” will be their next single, another thought provoking ballad which the duo say was inspired by their own quest for success in the music industry but which can equally apply to anyone working towards a goal in life and persisting through setbacks and self-doubt. A live video version will be out later this year, but in the meantime check out the gorgeous audio

Last Thursday I headed to the Coal House Cafe  at London’s Woodberry Wetlands to catch their set as part of “ Sunset Sounds”, an evening of unplugged acoustic music in this beautiful historic building that’s managed by the London Wildlife Trust.   
Walthamstow based singer/songwriter Poppy Scarlett was the evening’s host, starting things off with a short set ( covers included The Cranberries to Joni Mitchell) before a brief break to top up on mulled wine and then O&O were introduced. Two uptempo songs got things off to a great start, their first ever single “ Travelling” ( about doing so both metaphorically in a relationship, and literally ) was followed by “ Saturday Morning” , Orian telling us that this was about “dumping someone” ( possibly one the jolliest songs on the subject!).  The duo’s vocals, both individually and in harmony,  and Obadiah’s acoustic guitar playing immediately got everyone’s full attention, and their confidence was apparent from the start.  

Their 40 minute set was well constructed with all four tracks from their EP naturally showcased, and the pair introduced their songs and themselves for those who weren’t familiar with their story.  Apart from a cover of “ Shallow”, one of the songs of the moment from the newest version of the movie “ A Star Is Born”  all their numbers were self penned, and I was particularly happy that a favourite of mine “ Some Days”,  which is about not always getting on with one another,  made the cut…… the duo are a couple in life as well as professionally, by the way, and this closeness really shone through in their on stage rapport.

The intensity of a lot of their writing was given a brief respite in “ Born In The ’60’s”, a really fun number about their love of the music of that decade that lists over thirty of its artists and song titles, which saw Orian really letting her hair down and dancing around.

The reserved crowd gave this talented pair a deservedly rapturous applause after their final number, and it seems that they definitely gained some new fans!
Talking to O&O after their set I discovered that they have been busy writing in between their touring, not only as a duo but also also collaborating with Jake Morrell, Two Ways Home and Kaity Rae, so it looks like 2019 will be another exciting year for them!

Keep up to date with all the duo’s news at oanooduo.com which also contains download/streaming links for their EP.

Review written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)

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