“orn in Belfast in late 2013, No Oil Paintings is the musical synergy of Chris Kelly (lead vocals, guitar), twin brothers Sean (vocals, guitar, 5-string banjo) & James Doone (vocals, bass guitar), and George Sloan (vocals, drums).
With a variety of influences from rock to outlaw country, a bottomless passion for making great music and the talent to do so, the boys have grown together and developed the No Oil Paintings sound – a raucous alternative guitar & banjo-driven folk with an edge of darkness. The band strive to use typical folk instrumentation to create something a little more wild than the music often associated with the genre today.
Although possessing a consummate front man and powerful vocalist in Chris Kelly, the band switch and share vocal leads – each member playing to their own strength and bringing their own style to the songs they shepherd, whilst still remaining quintessential No Oil Paintings, and rising together in the unique blend of four-part harmonies for which the band have become known.
The band’s powerful original set have seen them securing NI festival slots including that of Open House Festival’s house band (2014-15), and Stendhal Festival of Art (2014-16), Sunflower Festival (Moot Stage headline 2015, Campfire Stage headline 2016), Portstewart Songwriter’s Festival (2016 headliner), Ards Guitar Festival (2016) and joining a multi-genre list of local acts playing the Gascan Ruckus BBQ (2016). In 2015, the band sold out the Belfast Barge for their EP launch and in 2016 began building a reputation west of the Bann, headlining a capacity gig in Bennigans resulting in a standing ovation for their first outing to Derry.
The band have been recognised by Chordblossom, winning the 2014 Last Slot Competition and shortlisting for the Kickstarter Competition (2015). Their debut EP gained favourable reviews from Folk & Tumble, and gig reviews by Gigging NI. No Oil Paintings have recieved airplay on Radio Ulster, Radio Foyle, Blast 106 & U105. They have undertaken live sessions on Radio Ulster with Lynette Faye (2016), Radio Ulster with Gerry Kelly (2016) and on Radio Foyle with Mark Patterson from right here at Stendhal (2016).
No Oil Paintings have recently recorded their watershed 2nd EP with producer, Phil D’Alton and are preparing for a summer release, accompanying tour and a busy festival season.”
May 10, 2017