Biography

 Gerry Tully is a native of Meath, Ireland, who has carved himself a reputation as an outstanding performer, entertaining crowds with his own evocative style. A natural, self-taught musician with a vast repertoire from across the folk genre, Gerry’s performance combines the clarity of Ronnie Drew, the complexity of Richard Thompson, the passion of Luke Kelly and the poetic style of Leonard Cohen. He compels you to listen as if hearing well-known classics for the first time, drawing you into his world. Gerry is a magnificent interpreter of song, but when others words leave off – his own begins. As a songwriter and aided by a degree in Philosophy and English, Gerry’s songs are mesmerizing, political and caring, thoughtful and haunting.

 

As a performer, Gerry toured Ireland, England, and Germany with the Traditional group Coisir and he also toured Europe and America with Derek Warfield the front-man for the renowned ballad group The Wolfe Tones. In 2008 Gerry released his debut album ‘Leaves Float Down’ and began the year touring alongside Ronnie Drew, Finbar Furey and Don Baker on their ‘Legends’ tour. He embarked on an Irish tour with fellow musician, Emmett Vaughan in a bluegrass-styled duo called Blue Cedar Project, playing support slots in Vicar Street and Cork Opera House. Gerry performed at the Folk en Pagaille Festival in France 2012 and returned to headline the event in 2013. In 2014 he opened the first ever Irish festival weekend dedicated to the music of Leonard Cohen in Liberty Hall, Dublin.  He marked the occasion by launching his ‘Maverick’ EP. In 2015 Gerry appeared alongside John Sheehan, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Michael Howard, and Mick O'Brien in celebration of the life of The Dubliner's banjo player and friend, Barney McKenna.

 

Having taken a break from performing to pursue a degree in English and Philosophy, completed in 2015, Gerry returned to his folk roots with his new album ‘Things Heard’, a collection of folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, and England, including three originals.  They deliver a message of timeless relevance, that of cultural upheaval, personal loss, and social exclusion. Gerry’s songs, originals, and covers have appeared on radio both nationally and internationally.

 

Gerry continues to perform around Ireland and he still performs at his long-standing residency in Don Baker’s establishment, Brogan’s Bar in Trim, performing a mixture of folk and original songs. The gig is a long-standing success for over ten years. In January of this year, Gerry performed at The Legend of Luke Kelly 35th anniversary concert in Vicar Street alongside Chris Kavanagh, John Sheehan, and members of Luke Kelly’s family.

 

2019 sees Gerry take his new project ‘If It Be Your Will’ performing his take on the songs of Leonard Cohen paying homage to the words and music of the Canadian troubadour and keeping the flame of folk music alive.

Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noel Casey - Dublin City Fm 

'Gerry is a superb interpreter of a song'

 

Jackie Hayden – Hotpress Magazine

“Gerry has a robust voice ideal for mainstream, pop, or folk tunes, and he oozes confidence as a performer echoing back to early Dylan and Tom Paxton”

 

Musicreview.com ARTIST OF THE MONTH JULY 2008

‘In Your Eyes’ is the first track on the album I got the impression it could be a stunning tune to hit the Irish airwaves capping the likes of Paddy Casey and Declan O’Rourke very catchy and superb lyrics. ‘Thank You For Calling’ has a nice balance a feel to the song it sounds a bit like Mundy ‘July’...But better.

 

Sean Laffey - Irish Music Magazine

“Tully is a talent at work, and one to watch out for”.

 

Fergal Lynch - The Meath Chronicle

“Comparisons to Moore, Hennessy or Luke Kelly embarrass the Trim man, but they still need to be made. Those legends of Irish Folk will never be bettered or even equaled, but very few will come as close as Tully when aiming to strike a chord with a traditional audience.”

 

Jackie Hayden – Hotpress Magazine

"He has a winning voice full of raw emotion and a great way with a well-crafted song.  ‘True Love’ is a performance that comes as close to the greatness of Christy Moore as I’ve heard since Damien Dempsey.  Its delicate harmonies lift the spirits.  ‘Give me Fire’ is boosted by strong vocals, with a hint of Paul Brady in the phrasing, and a fine chorus that eases into your skull.”

 

Fergal Lynch - The Meath Chronicle

“What sets Tully aside is his poetic use of words, his description of life, love and all other matters of the heart. There is a warmth about every song that keeps the toe tapping and the soul rejoicing.”

 

Gwen Langford Blog

"I have to say though it was his powerful rendition of Raglan Road that was my favourite of his performances. It gave me goosebumps."

 

The latest review of Things Heard from David Hintz at www.folkworld.eu

Gerry Tully "Things Heard" Own label, 2018

There are three original songs and eight more ‘things’ Gerry Tully has ‘heard’ and now interprets for us in his warm folk manner. Although Irish, he has only the lightest accent and is happy to take songs from all over the UK and beyond to offer his version. Tully’s style is warm, thoughtful with the right balance of intellect and emotion. The acoustic guitar work is quite tasty throughout. He has a couple of classics like ‘Spencer the Rover’ and ‘Night Visiting Song’ which he has interpreted from Al O’Donnell’s version of Ray Fisher’s version. So Tully clearly knows these songs and knows interesting performers that aren’t necessarily in everyone’s record collection. I will recommend adding this is one to add to your record collection and then work back into earlier versions. 

© David Hintz

 

Review of Things Heard from Jerome Clark at Rambles.net

Gerry Tully “Things Heard” Independent, 2018

Gerry Tully is Irish, and he is a folk singer, but at least on Things Heard he is not an "Irish folk singer." By that I mean nothing particularly Irish is happening here, and most of the songs are folk only in the revival, specifically the topical/protest, sense.

 

The approach takes its cues from the legacy of message-carrying singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Leon Rosselson, Dick Gaughan and Ewan MacColl. In fact, Gaughan's "The Workers' Song" and MacColl's "The Thirty-Foot Trailer" appear among the 11 cuts here.

 

So do Ian Campbell's "The Sun is Burning," a stark anti-nuke anthem from the early Cold War, and Arlo Guthrie's incendiary "Victor Jara" from a decade later. A leftist singer-songwriter prominent in his native Chile, Jara was arrested and sadistically murdered in the immediate aftermath of the 1973 military coup (which bore Nixon and Kissinger's bloody handprints) against the democratically elected Marxist president, Salvador Allende. It has been decades since I last heard the song on a 1976 Arlo album, and this version seems to have a different melody from the one that stands in my memory.

 

The principal accompaniment is acoustic guitar, which Tully plays with distinction and originality.

 

I should add that in other contexts, as a member of both Coisir and the Wolfe Tones, Tully is a singer of Irish folk songs. Here, though, he's showcasing another side, with happy results, in a time that needs all the musical help it can get.

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