As they gear up to release their fifth studio release, Time, in November 2020, folk artists Kyra and Tully are giving their audience a taste of what's to come: beginning in February 2020, the Kingston-based husband-and-wife duo will be releasing one single per month until the album's formal launch.

The album's 11 original songs span more than two decades, spanning the prior from before the pair had met, to songs written more recently. They are songs filled with heartfelt voices and plenty of harmonies woven in orchestral instrumentation. The lyrics, which explore everything from the joys and challenges of parenting to the delights of nature, also acknowledge a shared humanity.

Time was recorded at Leopard Frog Studio, in Battersea, Ontario by co-producer and engineer Chris Coleman (Nightsun, Nuvu Music), who also did some of the mixing at his studio in Iqaluit, Nunavut. From May to November, 2019, Kyra and Tully and their musical friends continued to add to the album, working on it in between stays in a cabin nestled in the woods on a 100-acre bio dynamic farm and travels in Europe.

A transformative musical journey, Time is inspired by the changing weather of the seasons, exploring inner and outer landscapes, is at once self-reflective and observing of the wider world. With the album, both Kyra and Tully seek to share the gift of their music and its present, all through Time.

Love of Light, the Sixth Single from Time is Now Streaming!

Today, July 5th 2020 – the sixth single, Love of Light, is released from Kyra and Tully’s upcoming album TIME.

Single artwork for Love of Light by Erika Olson.

The duo will release a single on the 5th of each month (since February 2020) leading up to the full album release in November 2020

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The new single, Love of Light (featured single image – Original painting by Erika Olson is available right now on: BAND CAMP, YOU TUBE, ITUNES, SPOTIFY, AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY. Distributed DIGITALLY INTERNATIONALLY on most platforms worldwide.

Kyra writes about Love of Light:

“Love of Light was inspired and written in Whistler, British Columbia, I lived there for a few years in the early 90’s after graduating high school. I wrote the lyrics after going on a glorious nature hike with close friends. I did not play a musical instrument then, I had written many songs as a child but I did not view this writing as a ‘song’ but more of a ‘poem’.

I found the poem some years later, (as a wife and mother) during one of our house moves. It was written so nicely on quality paper, I was inspired by it. I reworked the words to reflect the innocence of my youth and the wisdom of my experience as an older married woman with a child, modernized shall we say. I then structured it into a song, wrote simple music to add to it- and voila Love of Light.

When we made the decision to record another album, I knew I wanted to add this song, and was really excited about the thought of producing it and creating the music I heard in my head. We were fortunate to have amazing musician friends to work parts out with and we rehearsed (and performed live!) for weeks and months before going into the studio with Alex Terry and Tim Crease who at the time, were also my teaching colleagues at Mulberry Waldorf School.

Once in the studio,Chris Coleman worked his production magic and along with our stellar musician friends who added their talents, we created this song that we are sharing with you now, hope that you may feel inspired and love the light in your own life.” Kyra

Credits: Kyra (vocals, acoustic guitar), Tully (piano, vocals), Alex Terry (acoustic guitar, vocals), Mara Shaw (cello), Danielle Lennon (violin), Oscar Evans (drums), Tim Crease (upright bass). Produced by Kyra and Tully and Chris Coleman. Mastered by Martin Davis Kinack.

Stream the Fifth Single from Time: ‘Take it Where it Goes’

‘Take it Where it Goes’, the fifth single from Kyra and Tully’s forthcoming album titled Time is now streaming on Band Camp. Some Words from Tully about the writing of ‘Take it Where it Goes’:

“The lyrics started in the hills of a small village in Italy, just outside of Florence where we stayed a few years ago when Kyra and I were there with our friends Carlyn and Miguel. It wasn’t until I finally sang it for the first time at Leopard Frog Studio (around May 2019) while recording this album, that it became a slow, grooving love song for Kyra, and a hats off to Gord Downie. I got to say to Gord, “you’re looking good Gord” as he was walking through a fairly empty train station in Kingston. I really did think that there was a chance with all the good will and prayers that the cancer would disappear, c’est la vie.” Tully

Credits: Tully (vocals, acoustic guitar), Kyra (vocals), Van Sheen (electric guitar), Alex Terry (acoustic guitar), Peter Bowers (drums), and Chris Coleman (bass).

Single Artwork by Simon Andrew.

No One Really Knows, the Forth Single from Time is Streaming Now

Kyra writes about the writing and lyrics of ‘No One Really Knows‘ . “The actual writing of the song started while we were staying extended periods of time living in a cabin in the woods, helping to care for animals on a bio dynamic 100 acre farm. The song was then completed, weaned off reading from paper and first performed (over and over) in Berlin and other places in Germany and Europe, to ourselves, on trains, open mic, to friends in their living rooms and out on the streets.

When we left for Germany in the summer of 2019- we had completed the bed tracks for ten songs on our new album TIME. On the bus back home from Montreal to Kingston, Tully was insistent that No One Really Knows- be added to TIME and… thank goodness co-producer/engineer Chris Coleman agreed (!!!) and now we have an 11 -song record (to be released November 2020). It is the most rawly produced of the songs on TIME, appropriately so.

It is especially meaningful to us, to be releasing this particular single, No One Really Knows, in these times of a world wide pandemic, when important questions may arise about who we are, or think we are- as individuals, as neighbourhoods and communities, as a world?

After four years of study and work, I had recently received my certification becoming an Early Years Waldorf Teacher. My final thesis was about early years special needs children in Waldorf education and ideas around ‘ worth’.

I have wondered, reflected, studied for years about the seemingly societal hierarchy measurement of value and deemed worthiness of each living, breathing, thinking, feeling creature on earth. Including myself and all others, our special needs son, dogs and the farm animals. One realization I had was that ‘no one really knows’ so it was up to me to make up my own mind how I would choose be, think and act.

To me, kindness is the greatest human quality that we can choose to actuate.

The lyrics to this (and many of my songs) come in a heartbeat, in a flash and if I can catch the inspiration (is it even me writing this stuff??!!) and write it down… at that moment I know the words of the song are completed…(music comes after) yet often this ‘capturing’ of an idea arrives from hours, months, years of pondering and experiencing an idea. I am grateful I had the good sense to listen to myself on this one.. and to be sharing it with the world now.”

Credits: Kyra (vocals, guitar), Tully (vocals, guitar, farfisa organ), Chris Coleman (bass).

Artwork is by Erika Olson.

Stream the Third Single from Time, Ghost Walker

The third single ‘Ghost Walker’ is now streaming on Band Camp. The title was inspired by one of Kyra’s favourite naturalists: R.D. Lawrence- who wrote many books. One, a non-fiction book called ‘Ghost Walker’, was about his observations and interactions with a cougar in interior British Columbia.

Kyra had wanted to write a song about animals for years, but wasn’t sure how to go about it.  “The idea came when spending long periods of time with my family, at a house at Buck Lake, (where they also lived in a cabin for few years). The song idea was started in the summer at the lake house … then worked on the next autumn at another Buck Lake house, then completed at Buck Lake the following summer during another extended stay.”

Ghost Walker features: Kyra (vocals, acoustic guitar), Tully (piano, vocals), Alex Terry (violin, vocals), Tim Crease (upright bass), Mara Shaw (cello), Danielle Lennon (violin), Chris Coleman (acoustic guitar, shaker), Oscar Evans (drums). Produced by: Kyra and Tully and Chris Coleman. Mastered by: Martin Davis Kinack.

Artwork is by Simon Andrew.

Monarch Butterfly, the Second Single from Time is Now Streaming!

The second single, MONARCH BUTTERFLY, is now available/streaming on Band Camp. Kyra and Tully will continue release a single per month leading up to the release of their upcoming album titled Time in November 2020.

Artwork is by Erika Olson.