No Oil Paintings are a rowdy Americana four-piece from Belfast. Their mix of folk instrumentation, four part harmonies and high energy live shows serves to create their own brand of genre-bending roots music. The band switch and share lead vocals with each member delivering their own style and strength to the songs they bring to the table. Expect to hear everything from swampy blues rock to straight-up country waltzes.
During their career they have had many notable successes, some of which include spots at Stendhal Festival, Doolin Folk Festival, Open House Festival and Vantastival. Other live accomplishments include supporting ‘The Dead South’ at a sold out show in Belfast, and being chosen by Hannah Peel to partake in the online ‘Mix the City’ project which joined 95 musicians and curators in 12 locations to produce a creative online platform representing Belfast.
Following the recent release of their debut album ‘Rain Season' the band embarked on a UK and Irish tour selling out headline shows in The Black Box, Belfast and The Courthouse in Bangor. This was accompanied by 8 other shows including Dublin, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and a Camden Rocks performance in London. Their music was recently played on Cerys Matthews show - BBC Radio 6 as well as American, Australian, New Zealand and Brazilian radio stations. The album was also given a 8/10 rating from Americana UK with vinyls shipped all over the world including Norway, Italy, and USA.
Their proudest creative achievement to date has been collaborating with Grammy award winner Joss Stone during her world tour. The band were chosen to be accompanied by Joss on one of their original songs ‘God Only Knows’. The collaboration was recorded and videoed live and has received over 300,000 views online.
'The band are at home on a live stage' - Aaron Cunningham, BBC (Across the Line)
‘Belfast's No Oil Paintings delve a little deeper than most... The group's second EP 'Too Close To The Sun' was a mature, imposing work.’ - Clash Magazine
‘One of Ireland’s finest, most forward-pushing alternative folk outfits.’ - The Thin Air
'Incredible, powerful, rootsy sound.’ - Ralph McLean - BBC Radio Ulster