Bringing listeners affably on side before hitting them hard in the gut, Connor Toomey writes songs that feel casual and conversational before lapsing into seizing raptures of emotion. It’s there in the expressive leaps and rasps of his singing, and in lyrics that mingle the timely (Instagram filters) and the timeless (a sincere marriage proposal).
After fronting Ballarat bands like Medico and his teen ensemble Grim Fandangos (featuring future members of Bananagun, Cool Sounds, and Crepes), Toomey has stepped out solo with his intimate yet expansive storytelling.
With his open-hearted, questioning lyrics and intricate guitar picking, Toomey reliably sells the depth of feeling in everything he sings and plays. Already a longtime favourite of Ballarat’s tightly knit music scene, he’s primed to break through on both the national and international level. He’s got the voice, the presence and, most of all, the songs.