Kyra and Tully perform (Kezyan on percussion) at Froid’Art opening reception at Martello Alley Jan. 2017
Kyra and Tully play a folky set (guitar, piano, vocals) at Martello Alley on Wellington Street, around 6-7pmish, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
Recorded by Matt Rogalsky
Mastered by Martin Davis Kinack
Players: Kyra (vocals); Tully (vocals, keys); James Reid (over the top guitar); Matt Rogalsky (bass, back-up vocals and lots of other stuff; Arden Rogalsky (drums).
We recorded this song at the request of our good friend James Reid (Motioneer) as a surprise gift for his sweetheart and then Matt Rogalsky took it to town.
We had a wonderful time at the lovely music festival, Harvest Picnic, at Christie Lake Conservation Area this summer, and then we went to Niagara Falls! The line-up was stellar and especially great to see the Rheostatics back together. We took a chance and performed impromtu at the open mic and today received a note from our website:
“Hi … Just wanted to mention that I saw (and heard!) you perform at the “Open Mic” at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (Aug 27 2016) – and it was beautiful!
I just started listening to you on Soundcloud, watched a couple videos … wonderful songs … and so nice to see Bruce Cockburn accompanying you!
I’ve added my email to your subscription/update list … and I’ll spread the word about your music (and obtain your CD’s). If anyone asks me about recommendations about who I’d personally love to hear at a folk festival or event, I’ll mention you!”
We love this summer gig in Kingston, as part of Downtown Kingston’s Music in the Park Noon Hour Series, at Confederation. So great to just plug in to professionally manned sound (thank you Luke and Larry Stafford Sound Design!) and play an hour in a beautiful place to an engaged audience, it’s dreamy and fun.
Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown; JT Saloon, Joshua Tree and Ma Rouge Cafe, Yucca Valley California, USA
We are loving Joshua Tree and the surrounding desert area! A beautiful place with many beautiful people. We performed at Pappy & Harriets open mic last night, backed by Ted Quinns stellar band. There is a live video of our performance on the Kyra and Tully facebook music page live performance at Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneer Town California taken by a music writer Lisa Lynn Morgan- from the Palm Springs area (Coachella Valley Weekly).
Tonight we’ll head to JT Saloon in Joshua Tree for another open mic featuring Ted Quinn and his band.. and we will play a few tunes (thanks to Steve Lester!) at Ma Rouge Cafe in Yucca Valley this Sunday, Dec. 27 around 2pm.
Review of Journey Home by Sarah Towle EXCLAIM!
There’s something distinctly Ontarian about Kyra and Tully’s fourth release, Journey Home. Between Kyra’s stunning, Sarah Harmer-esque vocals, the winter weather-inspired lyrics and the laid-back banjo arrangements (and perhaps their history of being featured on CTV’s Degrassi Junior High), this Kingston-based husband-wife duo is Central Canadiana to the core.
Journey Home kicks off with the gentle — but drum-driven — “Write About It,” a song made to be cranked on a car radio while driving through cottage country. Similarly, the title track is full of those aforementioned Sarah Harmer octave leaps and gentle backing harmonies, which hold the album’s catchiest chorus (“Cold Winds through Ontario/Shake the Windows”). There’s also something in there with that small-town, dingy watering-hole sound: the lo-fi blues tune “Why Don’t You Call.”
While Journey Home lends itself to a handful of deliciously sweet moments, the album tends to suffer from a minor identity crisis, bouncing back between a singer-songwriter sound on the Kyra-dominated tracks and a more blues-rock sound on those featuring Tully (“Thunder and Lightning” and “Why Don’t You Call” are the stand-outs). But overall, the EP lends itself to the roots of its composers — straight from the heart of the Heartland province. (Independent)
Review Journey Home Greyowl Point reviewed by Elysse Cloma
I have a soft spot for family bands. Maybe it’s because I was raised with the sounds of The Carpenters and Captain & Tenille, or maybe it’s a function of being in a band with my older sister. I think that pop artists who make music with their loved ones almost always have a special appeal. For example, Sonny & Cher’s music gets its strength from their talent as vocalists, but the dynamic of their relationship as husband and wife gives songs like “I Got You Babe” their appeal. “I Got You Babe” celebrates Sonny & Cher’s relationship as a married couple, making the song sugary sweet and instantly likeable.
Husband and wife duo Kyra and Tully of Kingston, Ontario make music with the same “sugary sweet” appeal as many before them. Like the hippie countercultural music of the 1960s, Kyra and Tully’s five-song EP Journey Home is meant to inspire hope in their listeners. Brought to life by dozens of accompanying musicians, the songs on Journey Home are uplifting and filled with love. Kyra and Tully’s music expresses love in all forms, whether it’s romantic love, love for the beauty of nature, or a love of life.
The EP’s title track “Journey Home” is a proper Canadian folk tune. Using Lake Ontario as the setting for a melancholic song about love, it’s reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s music— down tempo and melodic, glazed with a tint of sorrow and a feeling of loss. On “Journey Home”, Kyra’s vocal performance is largely featured, along with string accompaniment. Her careful and flawless transition between chest and head voice, and gentle pronunciation of each word make the song’s nature-inspired lyrics all the more poetic.
While “Journey Home” is a slow and pensive folk tune, “Why Don’t You Call” and “Thunder and Lightning” are more upbeat and danceable tracks. The brass section on “Thunder and Lightning”, and the rock organ on “Why Don’t you Call” give each song their retro character.
With slide guitar and organ filling the background with a folk and country feel, opening track “Write About It” is a celebration of romantic love. Closing track “Love In All These Things” is a way of finding beauty and love in everything, such as a “planted stone”. Orchestrated by stringed instruments, and incredibly hooky, “Love In All These Things” seems to encompass the spirit of Kyra and Tully. Music that captures the purity of love is really well communicated by family bands, and Journey Home is a batch of inspiring songs that are made with love.
Top Tracks: “Journey Home”; “Love In All These Things”
Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)