Orla Gartland

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Orla Gartland
Gartland performing at The Cookie, Leicester, UK (29 November 2013)
Gartland performing at The Cookie, Leicester, UK (29 November 2013)
Background information
Birth nameOrla Joan Gartland
Born (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 26)
Dublin, Ireland
GenresAcoustic, folk, indie pop, indie folk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, ukulele, piano
Years active2007–present
Associated actsHudson Taylor, Lauren Aquilina, Dodie Clark, Greta Isaac, Leadley, Tessa Violet

Orla Joan 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. As of February 2021, her YouTube channel has received over 19 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.[5]

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."[6]

On 24 May 2019, Gartland released a four-song EP Why Am I Like This?. 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, which she released on 21 February 2020.

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]

Early music[edit]

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.[7][8]

In 2012, Gartland opened for Britain's Got Talent contestant Ryan O'Shaughnessy at The Academy[9] and for Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt at Bewley's Cafe Theatre.[10] 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.[11] The single was launched at a sold-out show headlined by Gartland at The Academy in Dublin.[12]

In March 2013 Gartland announced her first tour, headlining five shows in the UK and in Ireland during July 2013.[13][14]

Debut EPs and collaborations[edit]

On 11 November 2013 Gartland released her four-song EP Roots on iTunes.[15] The titular track "Roots" was named Apple iTunes "Single of the Week" in the UK and Ireland.[16] She toured in support of the album in February 2014 visiting ten cities in Ireland and in the United Kingdom.[17]

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.[6][18][19]

The Irish Daily Star selected Gartland as one of "20 music acts to watch in 2014."[20] The Irish Independent selected Gartland as one of "Ireland's most influential teens."[21] 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!.[22] Gartland has played alongside Dodie Clark in all three of her EP release tours,[23][24] and acted as a supporting act in Clark's 2019 'Human' tour.[25]

Gartland's second EP, Lonely People, debuted in 2015 and was described by Atwood Magazine as an "undeniable triumph" that "captivates" by combining funk and alt-pop.[26]

Third and fourth EPs[edit]

On 2 May 2018, Gartland released her first single in three years, "I Go Crazy",[27] and on 2 November 2018 she released a new single "Between My Teeth",[28] which she announced were both standalone singles.[29] On 8 February 2019, she released a new single "Why Am I Like This?",[30] 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.[31]

On 6 September 2019 Gartland released a new single "Did It To Myself", followed by "Figure It Out" on 1 November 2019,[32] and "Heavy" on 15 January 2020, all of which appear on her EP Freckle Season. "Figure It Out" is described as being about a relationship between individuals where neither can escape from it and the idea of needing space from someone you still care about.[33]

She has also been included in the writing process of K-Pop superstars BTS's "134340" off the album Love Yourself: Tear.[31]

"Heavy" featured in the BBC Three trailer for the 2020 adaptation of Normal People,[25] with "Did It To Myself" featuring directly in the tv series.[34]

In 2020, Gartland was part of an Irish collective of female singers and musicians called "Irish Women in Harmony", that recorded a version of the song "Dreams" in aid of the charity Safe Ireland, which deals with domestic abuse which had reportedly risen significantly during the Covid-19 lockdown.[35][36]

Gartland also released her third and fourth EPs, Why Am I Like This? and Freckle Season as vinyl in 2020 known as Why Is Freckle Season Like This?. The vinyl included the tracklist of both EPs in addition to a currently unreleased song, "Don’t Fall In Love With A Musician" and an acoustic version of "Figure It Out".[37]

First album[edit]

On 16 October 2020, Gartland released a new single "Pretending".[38] The song discusses the difficulty and trouble of pretending to be the person someone else wants, in order to be a "people pleaser".[39] This is to be the first single released on an untitled album that is planned for 2021.[40] Another track on the album titled More Like You was released on January 13, 2021. According to Gartland herself, the song deals with identity, jealousy, and the desire to have the life of someone who seems to have everything easy.[41] A third single was released on April 13, 2021 and titled "Zombie!", dealing with the topic of toxic masculinity and with Gartland entreating another individual to open up about their emotions and stop repressing their true feelings.[42] The song was produced alongside Pete Robertson, a producer for beabadoobee and The Vaccines.[43]



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, Vinyl, digital download

Freckle Season Released: 21 February 2020

Label: Independent

Formats: CD, Vinyl, digital download


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
"Between My Teeth"
2019 "Why Am I Like This?" Why Am I Like This?
"Did It To Myself" Freckle Season
"Figure It Out"
2020 "Heavy"
"Pretending" TBA
2021 "More Like You"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album Director
2012 "Devil on My Shoulder" Standalone Tom Clarke[44]
2013 "Roots" Roots Yousef Thami[45][46]
2014 "Lonely People" Lonely People Orla Gartland
"Souvenirs" Joey Phinn
2015 "Whispers" Scott Tolleson
2018 "I Go Crazy" Standalone Guy Larsen
"Between My Teeth" Ewen Farr
2019 "Flatline" Why Am I Like This? Jack Howard
"Inevitable" Guy Larsen[47]
2019 "Did It To Myself" Freckle Season Zoe Alker[48][49]
"Figure It Out"
2020 "Pretending" TBA Rosie Brear[50]
2021 "More Like You" Greta Isaac & Orla Gartland[51][52]


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