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 mesmerising, political and caring, thoughtful and haunting.

Gerry has been working quietly in the music business for years. During that time he has toured Ireland, England and Germany with the Traditional group, Cosir and he has 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. Since then, he has been working mainly in Ireland and has also performed at the Folk en Pagaille Festival in France 2012, he 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 recording to pursue a degree in English and Philosophy, completed in 2015, Gerry has returned to his Folk roots with his latest offering ‘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.

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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.”

Tara McWeeney - Live and Reeling
“Tully’s songs add a different dimension making the album stand out”.

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 favorite of his performances. It gave me goosebumps."

 

Things Heard Review January 2018

Jerome Clarke at Rambles.net 

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.