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During summer 2014, a young Irish troubadour named Richard O’ Gorman found himself in Nashville, Tennessee performing his bustling brand of indie/folk in such famous venues as The Bluebird.
Standing at six foot five, he was christened ‘too tawl’ in typical Tennessee twang. The name stuck like glue and upon his arrival home with this new title, he began working on material for his debut EP. Mainly taking inspiration from artists like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, and also older blues musicians such as Blind Willie McTell, Tootawl mixes this strong sense of musical tradition with his own unique modern folk style.
Since his time in Tennessee, Tootawl has supported Aslan in their sold-out gig in Cork Opera House, Ham Sandwich at the Bandon Music Festival, and supported Bagatelle on their farewell tour to name a few. Tootawl recorded his debut EP with producer Christian Best (Mick Flannery, Jack O' Rourke) at Monique Studios in Cork, which received widespread national radio airplay. He also toured extensively to places such as London, Berlin, Edinburgh, San Francisco & Los Angeles. The title track of this EP was also played in an episode of the Netflix original series 'You Me Her'.
Following on from the success of his debut, which was nominated for Best EP at the 2016 Pure M Awards, Tootawl released his followup EP, called Twist Of Paranoia, in November 2017. This new 5-track EP was made possible by many generous contributors to a Crowdsound campaign. It was recorded by 3 different producers in different locations, by Christian Best in Monique Studios again, Arran Mac Gabhann in Lowlek Sounds, and Tootawl himself by a beach in east Cork. It takes a more mature, introspective tone than his previous effort, and includes a duet with fellow Cork singer/songwriter Míde Houlihan. This song, When I Was A Bird, proves to be a high point, with the pair showcasing rich harmonies.
It has received national radio airplay in Ireland and the US. After this, Tootawl moved to London. From here, he plans to record and release his first full-length album over the rest of the year.