Reference Tim O’Riordan and Natural Gas and you will most likely hear mention of their hit song ‘The Langer’, ‘Come Up To Gurrane Lizzy Windsor’, ‘Olenka Bozynski’ and other similar comic songs. Tim’s new album ‘Taibhse’ clearly proves there are many strings to his bow.
‘One Lonely Star’ is the first single from the album, a beautiful Christmas ballad of loneliness and homesickness that tugs at the hardest heart.
Tim’s songwriting has brought him lots of success over the years. In 1998 his song ‘Eleanor’ won the 1798 National Song Contest. He has twice reached the Final of the IMRO sponsored Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition. Two of his songs, ‘The Langer’ and ‘Olenka Bozynski’, are included on Sony’s Definitive Irish Comedy album, amongst such luminaries as Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Chris de Burgh and Pat Shortt.
Tim’s biggest success came in 2004 with ‘The Langer’ reaching No 1 spot for 4 weeks, going on to be the biggest selling Irish Single that year. ‘The Langer’ was accredited double platinum status by IRMA an incredible achievement considering over half of the actual sales were not recognised. A remix/dance version of the song also reached No 1 in the Dance/House Charts.
His topical songs ‘Ruaille Buaille’, ‘The Viagra Song’ and ‘Come Up To Gurrane Lizzy Windsor’ have been used on TV documentaries, while his poignant ‘Song for the Fallen’ has appeared on a Belgian docu/drama about the First World War and played at the Menin Gate Evening Ceremony in Ypres.
Tim lives in rural County Cork with his wife and three children. He gigs regularly all over Cork and Kerry. Last year his band Natural Gas celebrated 30 years on the road by touring Sakhalin Island Eastern Siberia, South Korea, Perth and Onslow Australia, Abu Dhabi and Atyrau, Kazachstan.
‘One Lonely Star’ and Tim’s album ‘Taibhse’ are available to download on iTunes.