Orla Gartland: “I did all of my years in the garage online. There's this trail, for better or worse, of me improving at singing and playing”

Orla Gartland
(Image credit: Karina Barberis)

Orla Gartland grew up playing traditional Irish folk from the age of four. 10 years later she posted her first guitar-based originals on YouTube. Now she’s 26 and has 270,000 subscribers. If we’ve learned anything in recent years, though, it’s that online numbers mean nothing on their own and there is much more to Gartland than an online profile. 

Her forthcoming debut, the knowingly titled Woman On The Internet, is part diary, part social commentary. It’s full of huge songs, intricate indie geekery and dry humor. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.