Paul O'Toole
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Paul O'Toole


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"KILHANGER" - E.P. released 2000
"mistakes included" released 2012
FRANCIS (the band) "JUNK" E.P. released 2013



Well... if you ask his friend and fellow singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, you'd get this...

"Paul O'Toole comes out of Norfolk County, southern Ontario. Ironically, one of the bible belts of Ontario. He's a guitar playing ex-rockabilly icon, playing for years in bands such as "The Kil'billys", "Kingspeed" and "Dangerous Stairs". He's got a deep growly voice and the hard-assed level stare of not enough sleep and too much substance. His friends call him "The Old One". He's danced with the National Ballet of Canada. He's been in Nashville. He's an award winning songwriter. He's been in rehab, back out again, back in trouble and back out again. He hasn't fit in. He hasn't fit in the way that artists don't fit in. He's been on the path of soul-searching and the quest for integrity and his own personal values. Paul has left the rockabilly scene, quit the substance and quit the fast lane. He traded it all for his soul. Every time you hear Paul O'Toole, that's what you hear - his soul. He bleeds all over the stage, the way any smoky lounge singer bleeds when they sing. He invokes images of Willie P. Bennett or Tom Wilson, Greg Brown or even Tom Waits. He is a great songwriter and has a knack for putting you in his world. He has a powerful, powerful voice and he can deliver a song in only the way true experience can. Paul O'Toole is a force, that soon everyone will be reckoning with".


Now, if you ask Paul... He'd

probably just smirk and suggest you, " refer to the Eaglesmith bit".