Returning to his roots as a Folk Musician, ‘Things Heard’ is Gerry Tully’s fourth album, delivering a message of timeless relevance, of cultural upheaval, personal loss, and social exclusion. The songs are collected from Ireland, Scotland, and England. Songs like Victor Jara, The Thirty Foot Trailer, The Reason I left Mullingar, The Sun is Burning, and The Workers Song all present manmade problems that have been accepted as part of everyday life. While Tank Park Salute, Night Visiting Song, and Spencer The Rover reveal the personal upheaval that must be accepted by every individual.
Tully has penned three of the songs on the album conveying a similar message. The first song is Rise Up, calling the Irish people to work together to make better political decisions and reach out for a better way to live. The song Little Gadfly highlights the life and death of the classical philosopher Socrates. The third song, The Fracking Song, currently on release as a single, warns of the long-term dangers of fracking. The album was recorded and mixed over 4 days in Jealoustown Studio, County Meath by Brian Kennedy's guitarist Stuart Gray, who features on a couple of the tracks. It was mastered in London by Pete Maher who has worked with U2, Damien Rice, and Katy Perry. Production is kept to a minimum using only guitars, 5-string banjo and vocals to emphasise the story in each song. Tully is a consummate interpreter of a good song and has carved himself a reputation as an outstanding performer, entertaining crowds with his own evocative style. Plans for an Irish tour are afoot for 2018. Gerry is offering The Fracking Song as a free download on his website www.gerrytully-folksinger.ie
Jackie Hayden – Hotpress Magazine, “Gerry oozes confidence as a performer echoing back to early Dylan and Tom Paxton”.
Jerome Clark - 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. "
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”.
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.”
Gwen Langford Blog
"I have to say it was his powerful rendition of Raglan Road that was my favorite of his performances. It gave me goosebumps.
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'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’s ‘July’. But better.'