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The Oh So Serious Folk Collective Live Music South Africa

'Their music reflects a celebration of their love for music art and theatre, 
their hometown and respect for early day tales in song' 



"The Idea behind The Oh So Serious folk collective was to connect with artists to get together a band for my 60th" -Vana


“The band is no joke because they have perfectly and exactly nailed an early folk sound mixed with country roots and bluegrass music that no one else on the local scene has done yet”

- a thousand guitars


“Folk met ‘n titseltjie jazz (of soms blues) partykeer. Passie en talent in the Oh So Serious is daar ook volop deesdae.

Passie is aansteeklik”



“These guys brought out the big guns straight off the bat with their highly impressive range of musical

instruments and the skill to back it up”

- The Grind Radio


“The Oh So Serious got everyone moving and ready for a great party”



“The sound is one that transports you back to another time and the show is never the same and always highly entertaining”

5 hot acts to follow

- SAfindit

The Oh So Serious released their first album, The Oh So Serious Folk Collective in 2009, and since then they have released two more albums; a live recording like the old folks used to do to capture all the instruments at once, called Live at Tweefontein in 2012, and another studio album Lo Fi Hoax (2014). 


It's important to know that local artists collaborated on all albums, from instruments to photography to graphics to finger paint and bic pen illustrations to Bongani AKA Mr Banana in Tembisa, 

and a juggling man found on a beach in Mozambique.


When The Oh So Serious originally formed they were described as a Country Folk Band, and were heavily influenced by Hank Williams, the Mississippi Sheiks as well as modern time singers Gram Parsons, David Viner,

Jack White, Pokey La Farge and Leon Redbone. Later on they were called Indie-Folk,

Folk Rock and now we are not completely sure...


Toured internationally including London, Portugal, France, Mozambique, and nationally, spending months on the road and making a point of visiting small towns that are often forgotten. They have entertained at major festivals including, Oppikoppi,

Splashy fen, White Mountain Folk Festival, STRAB, Mieliepop,

Capital Craft Beer Festival and Park Acoustics.


Their involvement in the community is obvious, with Earth Hour, Green POP, Hannah Charity, Sunnyside children's home, Wollies animal project,  012 City Revival Project, ABH home and in numerous fundraising events such as the Brixton Barnard fund and The Martin ‘Basvanger’ Labuschagne Tuesdays. Mantserre Primary School sessions
as part of the OppiKoppi Music and Art Export Non-Profit trust.

They actively support their local community and collaborate with other artists throughout South Africa. 

Their music values intend to uplift.