Mick O’Toole formed in 2012, in the deepest, darkest depths of the shire, in Calne town Wiltshire. This town would be the breeding ground for their unique style of playing chaotic Punk, intertwining it with their ancestral Celtic and English Folk heritage, and writing some of the best Celtic Folk Punk the SouthWest has to offer. For years the band have played and toured religiously across the UK and Mainland Europe, and draw an impressive crowd wherever they go. The boys have a connection with the audience that goes beyond the music, but comes also from their DIY attitude and working class mentality.
Mick O’Toole have a clear cut sound within a genre that is crowded by great talent, but are often compared to the likes of The Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, The Pogues and ‘Mumford and Sons..with a pair of bollocks’. Even the name Mick O’Toole comes from a character in the song “drinking man” by Calne Town local heroes The Boys From County Hell, a band from which they drew great inspiration, and who’s alternative approach to the use of folk instruments ignited the fire in their hearts.
So far the band have released three EP’s; ‘Deep In Cider’ ‘1665 Pitchfork Rebellion’, and most recently in 2016: ‘A Working Class Battalion’, all of which have been received with many positive reviews, with over 20,000 combined hits on YouTube, hundreds of music downloads, and taking the No. 1 slot in London Celtic Punk's list of 'best EP's' two years running. Their mix of folk instruments and traditional back line with the lyrical content that drives passionate story telling and real life events have the audience addictively singing along, tankard and tapping to the mighty sounds of the South West.
Having performed hundreds of gigs at some of the biggest and best venues and festivals in the UK and Europe, Mick O’Toole know how to perform under pressure, and how to deliver when it matters. The instrumentation and real life lyrical content tell stories and create an atmosphere that transcends the music at every show. Their one real goal is to write music that brings folks together for a good ‘ole knees up, and having a banging time doing so.
No egos, no divas, just working class men having a good time.
For fans of: Dropkick Murphy’s, The Pogues, Mumford and Sons and getting drunk.