Michael Tully - Vocals, Guitar, Bass

michael tully Born in Adelaide in 1957 my musical journey began at seven years of age in my local church choir. Most of the music I was exposed to in my childhood was hymns though my father did have a collection of 78's, mostly Gilbert and Sullivan and Mario Lanza which he would try to emulate, in the shower.

In 1966 we acquired my Aunt Margaret's ancient piano. I must have had some curiosity and an ear for music back then, because I would often try and pick out tunes on it with one finger. My mother suggested that I have lessons and I cautiously agreed, not really knowing what I was in for. I studied for two years with our church organist before she passed me on to her teacher, a stern old Bulgarian man who for some unknown reason thought I may have some talent. As the dots on the stave increased my interest decreased. My piano studies ceased around a year later.

Shortly afterwards, the LP records my elder brother and sister brought home introduced me to a whole new world of music. I discovered The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Baez, The Seekers, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, John Mayall and many others. The first record I bought was Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool.

I bought my first guitar (a Bolero classical) for $30 at fifteen years of age and my friend Dale taught me a few chords. We would hang out at the local youth group in Glenelg jamming with whoever came along. We finally worked up the courage to perform at a coffee house folk club. We thought we were pretty cool but I'm sure we sounded terrible. The audience however failed to point this out to us and their generous applause spurred us on to learn more songs.
We went on to perform at a few parties before falling out over a girl and my brief musical career looked like ending there. I bought a steel string acoustic (Fender) at seventeen, had some lessons and continued practising in my bedroom but by this time I had discovered girls and beer and the guitar stayed in the corner for a while. Eventually I got over it, as you do, so I picked up my guitar and hit the musical road.

I am very happy to be part of the musical family in Brisbane. It has provided a nurturing community where I can continue to develop as a musician and song writer.

My plans for the future are to play more gigs and record with my band and hopefully sell lots of 3 Miles From Texas CD's and songs, become immensely rich, (or just a new car would be fine) then retire to the country where I'll sit under a banana tree and strum my guitar. Win, lose or draw I'll keep writing, playing and recording.