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, their original songs are wildly imaginative, brimming with humour and inspiration.
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 trades lead vocal duties with Ari, who has a melodic tenor and cache of silly voices and characters.
After years working in Vancouver, Canada as session musicians 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.