Comprised of Olivia ‘Liv’ Hally and Pepita ‘Pep’ Emmerichs, the Melbourne, Australia-based contemporary folk duo Oh, Pep! have quickly amassed quite a bit of success — and they haven’t yet turned 23; they were awarded the Young Folk Performer of the Year last year, and nominated in the Best Folk Roots Category by The Age Music Victoria Awards. Their two previously released EPs have received national and international attention and as a result they’ve toured across Australia, the USA and Europe, playing at The Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival in Canberra, and Folk Alliance International, Kansas City.
“The Race,” the first single off the Australian duo’s recently released EP, Living has received quite a bit of attention internationally — as of this post, the single was at #11 on CBC Radio 2′s charts, and had been featured on Triple J, CBC’s Song of the Day, The Line of Best Fit, The Bluegrass Situation and Exclaim! And once you hear the song, you’ll quickly see why this young duo have received so much attention, as the song pairs ethereal and atmospheric synths, propulsive drumming and twangy guitars, Hally and Emmerichs’ harmonizing and infectious hook to craft a sound that’s a breezy and pop-leaning take on folk music. Lyrically, the song repeatedly points at life’s heartbreaking irony with a strangely ironic whimsy that seemingly says “Life will break your heart. You’ll move on — somewhat.”
Oh Pep! are set to embark on their first North American tour this fall with dates including Americana Conference in Nashville, CMJ, and Halifax Urban Folk Festival, Nova Scotia. Check out tour dates below.
· 30th Aug Halifax Urban Folk Festival, NS Tickets On Sale Now
· 18th– 20th Sept- Americana Festival, Nashville, TN
· Fri 25 Sept– The Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK.
· Sat 26 Sept– Sofar Sounds, Denton TX
· Sat 26 Sept – The Wild Detectives, Dallas, TX
· Tues 29 Sept – Mucky Duck, Houston TX Tickets
· Sun 4 Oct – Stansted, Quebec (House concert). Tickets
· Tues 13 Oct– CMJ Music Marathon 9pm Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
· Wed 14 Oct– Carroll Place, NYC
· Thurs 15 Oct – Freddy’s Brooklyn Tickets
· Sat 17th – The Lizard Lounge, Boston, MA
· Mon 26 October – Day Trotter & Show, Rock Island, IL
· Tues 3 Nov – Doc’s Lab, San Francisco, CA
· Thurs 5th November- Room 5 Lounge , Los Angeles, CA Tickets