Substance presents: The Sparrow Down + Tootawl + Levent & Taylor + Truly Larsen
Sunday 24th February 2019
The Sparrow Down
The Sparrow Down are a London based folk duet, drawing influences from old time Americana and contemporary folk musicians such as Richard Thompson, Pharis and Jason Romero, and Lau. Through the interplay between banjo, guitar and vocal harmony they create.
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 and also older blues musicians such as Blind Willie McTell, Tootawl mixes this strong sense of musical tradition with his own unique folk style.
Since his time in Tennessee, Tootawl has supported Aslan in their sold out gig in Cork Opera House and 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 which received widespread national radio airplay, and toured extensively (London, Berlin, Edinburgh, San Francisco & Los Angeles). He also had the title track of this EP played in an episode of the Netflix original series 'You Me Her'.
In November of 2017, Tootawl has just released his second EP, Twist Of Paranoia, which has received national radio airplay in Ireland and the US, and is in preparation to record his first full length LP this year.
Levent & Taylor
Levent and Taylor are a versatile instrumental duo consisting of guitar and piano.
After years of collaboration they continue to captivate and entertain audiences from small, intimate bars to crowded music venues and festivals around the UK, Europe and the Far East.
Their unique sound incorporates elements of gypsy jazz, classical, traditional, world music and blues creating a stylistic atmosphere suiting a wide range of events and audiences in any venue.
Both inspired by various different artists, Levent & Taylor infuse their diverse musical backgrounds to create their sound. ''... The sensory nostalgic, energetic sound of the piano and guitar creates it own bohemian atmosphere to journey through...''
"It is very energizing to hear you play, you just have a special magic and chemistry between you."
- Sue Marchant, BBC Cambridge Radio Interview 2016.
Singer / Songwriter