Orla Gartland

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Orla Gartland
Orla Gartland "Smooch" Photo..jpg
Gartland performing at The Cookie, Leicester, UK (29 November 2013)
Background information
Birth nameOrla Gartland
Born (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 24)
Dublin, Ireland
GenresAcoustic, folk, indie pop, indie folk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, ukulele, piano
Years active2007–present
LabelsIndependent
Associated actsHudson Taylor, Lauren Aquilina, Dodie Clark, Greta Issac, Leadley, Tessa Violet
Websitewww.orlagartland.com

Orla Gartland (born 3 February 1995) is an Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist from Dublin who gained popularity from posting cover songs on her YouTube account. At present, her YouTube channel has received over 15 million views in total.[1]

Gartland describes her music as folk pop, most heavily influenced by Joni Mitchell,[2] Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap,[3][4]. She frequently refers to herself as a "music makin' ginger nutcase."[5] In 2012, she released her debut single 'Devil on my Shoulder' which entered the singer/songwriter iTunes charts in Ireland.[6][7]

On 11 November 2013, Gartland released a four-song EP Roots. On 24 November, the Irish Mirror featured Gartland in a full-page article and stated "last Tuesday on iTunes her debut EP, Roots, hit No1 in the main Irish albums chart, 15 in the main UK albums chart and No2 in the US singer/songwriter chart."[8]

On 24 May 2019, Gartland released a four-song EP Why Am I Like This?[9]. On 1 November 2019 she announced she would be releasing an EP, titled Freckle Season, featuring previous singles Did It To Myself, Figure It Out, and Heavy to be released 21 February 2020.[10]

Life and career[edit]

In an interview by Campus.ie, Gartland is quoted "I played violin, fiddle, and trad and Irish stuff from the age of about five years old...my parents got me into lessons and the guitar at about 12 years old and it went from there."[3] She posted her first YouTube video at age 13[3] about which she stated "I had been playing guitar for just over a year and wailing alongside the chords. I hadn't a clue how to sing; the breathing or any of the technical stuff (still haven't the foggiest) – so just wanted some feedback on that really!"[4]

In 2011, Broken Wall Films made a video of Gartland's song "All The Little Details." The video was shot in a coffeeshop which remained open for business during the filming.[11][12]

In 2012, Gartland opened for Britain's Got Talent contestant Ryan O'Shaughnessy at The Academy[13] and for Scottish singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt at Bewley's Cafe Theatre.[14] She released her debut single "Devil on my Shoulder" on 17 June on iTunes where it reached No. 2 on the Ireland singer/songwriter chart.[6][7] The single was launched at a sold-out show headlined by Gartland at The Academy in Dublin.[15]

In March 2013 Gartland announced her first tour, headlining five shows in the UK and in Ireland during July 2013.[16][17]

On 11 November 2013 Gartland released her four-song EP Roots on iTunes.[18] The titular track "Roots" was named Apple iTunes "Single of the Week" in the UK and Ireland.[19] She toured in support of the album in February 2014 visiting ten cities in Ireland and in the United Kingdom.[20]

Gartland contributed the song "Cast Your Stone" on the album Simple Things, a compilation album released on 15 November 2013 by Niall Breslin in support of suicide prevention in Ireland. She participated in a group performance of "Simple Things" musicians on RTÉ programme, The Saturday Night Show.[8][21][22]

The Irish Daily Star selected Gartland as one of "20 music acts to watch in 2014."[23] The Irish Independent selected Gartland as one of "Ireland's most influential teens."[24] GoldenPlec selected Gartland as their "Plec Pick" of 2014, chosen as one of the best solo artists in Ireland.

Gartland, along with Greta Isaac, performed the song "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" which they contributed to the compilation album It's Coming on Christmas. The album raised funds for the breast cancer charity, CoppaFeel![25].

Gartland has played alongside Dodie Clark in all three of her EP release tours,[26][27] and acted as a supporting act in Clark's 2019 'Human' tour.

On 2 May 2018, Gartland released her first single in three years, I Go Crazy,[28] and on 2 November 2018 she released a new single Between My Teeth,[29] which she announced were both standalone singles.[30] On 8 Feb 2019, she released a new single "Why Am I Like This?",[31] followed by "Flatline" on 5 April 2019, both of which formed a part of her EP Why Am I Like This?, released on 24 May 2019.[32]

On 6 September 2019 Gartland released a new single Did It To Myself, followed by Figure It Out on 1 November 2019[33], and Heavy on 15 January 2020, all of which will appear on her upcoming EP Freckle Season.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Album Details
Roots Released: 11 November 2013

Label: Independent

Formats: CD, digital download

Lonely People Released: 18 January 2015

Label: Independent

Formats: CD, digital download

Why Am I Like This? Released: 24 May 2019

Label: Independent

Formats: CD, digital download

Freckle Season Released: 21 February 2020

Label: TBA

Formats: TBA

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "Devil on My Shoulder" Standalone
2013 "Cast Your Stone" Simple Things - compilation album
2014 "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" It's Coming on Christmas - compilation album
2018 "I Go Crazy" Standalone
2018 "Between My Teeth" Standalone
2019 "Why Am I Like This?" Why Am I Like This?
2019 "Flatline" Why Am I Like This?
2019 "Did It To Myself" Freckle Season
2019 "Figure It Out" Freckle Season
2020 "Heavy" Freckle Season

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album Director
2012 "Devil on My Shoulder" Standalone Tom Clarke[34]
2013 "Roots" Roots Yousef Thami[35]
"Clueless" Roots Yousef Thami[36]
2014 "Lonely People" Lonely People Orla Gartland
"Souvenirs" Lonely People Joey Phinn
2015 "Whispers" Lonely People Scott Tolleson
2018 "I Go Crazy" Standalone Guy Larson
"Between My Teeth" Standalone Ewen Farr
2019 "Flatline" Why Am I Like This? Jack Howard
"Inevitable" Why Am I Like This? Guy Larson[37]
2019 "Did It To Myself" Freckle Season Zoe Alker[38]
"Figure It Out" Freckle Season Zoe Alker[39]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ O'Regan, Nadine (3 January 2014). "Top Tips for the Weekend". The Sunday Business Post. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Doona, Miriam (8 November 2013). "Orla Gartland – Interview". Campus.ie. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b "An Interview With... Orla Gartland". Soundhall. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  5. ^ "orla gartland". Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b ""Devil on my Shoulder" Single: Orla Gartland Review". maddmusic. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Devil on my Shoulder". Last.fm. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ a b Kierans, Marie (24 November 2013). "Internet sensation Orla Gartland lines up Irish & UK tour". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  9. ^ "orla gartland - why am i like this? ep - out now". orcd.co. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ gartland  💔, orla (1 November 2019). "also buzzing to announce my upcoming EP 'freckle season', due for release feb 21st. artwork + pre-order link coming soon! 'did it to myself', 'figure it out' + more will be on there". @orlagartland. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  11. ^ Allain, Nick (Director) (14 November 2011). Orla Gartland: All The Little Details Behind the Scenes – Part 1 (video). Podsmiths. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  12. ^ Allain, Nick (Director) (14 November 2011). Orla Gartland: All The Little Details Behind the Scenes – Part 2 (video). Podsmiths. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  13. ^ Freeman, Pat (2 October 2012). "Ryan O'Shaughnessy". Festival and Gig Guide. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Competition: Nina Nesbitt (support Orla Gartland) at Bewleys Theatre on 4 May". GoldenPlec. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  15. ^ Cuffe, Aidan (24 May 2012). "Competition: Orla Gartland at The Academy 2 – CLOSED". GoldenPlec. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Orla Gartland Announces First Ever UK & Ireland Tour". Fortitude Magazine. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Orla Gartland announces Dublin and Cork dates". GoldenPlec. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  18. ^ MacKay, Connor (11 November 2013). "EP Review: Orla Gartland- Roots". Fortitude Magazine. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  19. ^ Gayadien, Amrish (17 November 2013). "Apple's Single of the Week: Roots – Orla Gartland". AppleSpot. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Orla Gartland on Tour". Bandsintown.com. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  21. ^ "Bressie reaches out on Saturday Night Show". RTÉ. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  22. ^ "Cycle Against Suicide album launched". RTÉ. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  23. ^ "20 music acts to watch in 2014". Irish Daily Star. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  24. ^ Clifford, Graham (27 January 2014). "Ireland's most influential teens". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  25. ^ "It's Coming on Christmas". Daisy Digital. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  26. ^ "1,437 Likes, 21 Comments - Orla Gartland (@orlagartland) on Instagram: "Newcastle tonight w @doddleoddle #intertwinedtour" | dodie clark | Pinterest | Comment…". Nz.pinterest.com. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  27. ^ "Orla Gartland on Instagram: "and so it begins. #YouTour"".
  28. ^ Orla Gartland (1 May 2018), Orla Gartland - I Go Crazy (official audio), retrieved 27 May 2018
  29. ^ Orla Gartland (2 November 2018), Orla Gartland - Between My Teeth, retrieved 18 February 2019
  30. ^ this, why is she like (1 February 2019). "hey! IGC & BMT are standalone singles :) WAILT & more to come will appear together on a release". @orlagartland. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  31. ^ OrlaGartlandVEVO (7 February 2019), Orla Gartland - Why Am I Like This?, retrieved 18 February 2019
  32. ^ Gartland, Orla (5 April 2019). "'flatline' is out now - and buzzing to announce my EP 'why am I like this?' out may 24th listen to the song. watch the music vid. pre-order the EP. love me..." @orlagartland Twitter. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  33. ^ "New Irish Music You Need To Hear This Week". GoldenPlec. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  34. ^ "Devil on My Shoulder". Last.fm. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  35. ^ "Orla Gartland – 'Roots'". RadarMusicVideos. October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  36. ^ "Orla Gartland – 'Clueless'". RadarMusicVideos. November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  37. ^ Orla Gartland - Inevitable, retrieved 21 December 2019
  38. ^ Orla Gartland - Did It To Myself, retrieved 19 December 2019
  39. ^ Orla Gartland - Figure It Out, retrieved 19 December 2019

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