A touching ode to our favourite four legged friends (special shout out to their beloved cat Moses…may he rest in peace), Pets is a folk-pop confection for the ages, drawing on a myriad of styles flavoured with classic roots vibes and infused with The Oots signature style – an instant jam! “Maybe in the spirit of White Album era Beatles musically, the song has a roving melody and a stripped down arrangement featuring accordion,” says the band. “Glockenspiel, and beautiful violin performances provided by our friends from the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Sarah Anderson and Ashley Kroecher.”
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. The band includes 14-year-old Ruth Cipes (voice, ukulele), described as “…a force of nature.” by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child host Bill Childs, with her dad Ezra (voice, guitar) and uncles Ari (voice, guitar), Gabe (voice, bass), and Matthew (voice, drums). Ruth trades lead vocal duties with Ari and Ezra. In performance the group casts a spell of freedom, lightheartedness, and laughter. This is truly entertainment for the whole family, enlivening community, joy, and understanding through free-spirited musical performance. The first single from the band’s third album, “Thank You Universe”, was released June 3, 2020, and was named “#3 Song of the Year” in a Kid’s Radio Programmers Poll. The band’s previous releases have been nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards and a Canadian Folk Music Award, and their second album Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo was named on the Fids and Kamily Awards top 20 albums for kids and families in 2018.