About Orla Gartland
Orla Joan Gartland is an Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist from Dublin who gained popularity from posting cover songs on her YouTube account. As of June 2021, her YouTube channel has received over 21 million total views.
Gartland describes her music as folk pop, most heavily influenced by Joni Mitchell,Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap. She frequently refers to herself as a "music makin' ginger nutcase". In 2012, she released her debut single, "Devil on my Shoulder", which entered the singer-songwriter iTunes charts in Ireland.
On 11 November 2013, Gartland released her first EP, Roots. On 24 November, the Irish Mirror featured Gartland in a full-page article and stated that on iTunes, the EP had topped the main Irish albums chart while hitting number 15 on the main UK albums chart and number two on the US singer-songwriter albums chart.
Gartland's second EP, Lonely People, was released on 18 January 2015, while her third EP, Why Am I Like This?, was released on 24 May 2019. Her fourth EP, Freckle Season, was released on 21 February 2020 and features previous singles "Did It To Myself", "Figure It Out", and "Heavy".
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." She posted her first YouTube video at age 13 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 – so just wanted some feedback on that really!".
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.
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