Turlough Gunawardhana (AKA Tully Gun) is a multi- instrumentalist, actor, dancer , songwriter, composer and producer.
At the age of 6, he began studying cello, piano and music theory in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2002, he formed and managed The Chapters securing a record deal with 3ú records releasing their debut album ‘Perfect Stranger’. With The Chapters, he toured with acts such as Chuck Berry, Neil Young, Damien Rice, The Frames, Ok Go and Kelly Rowland. In 2010, Tully became a featured member of James Vincent McMorrow’s live band touring the US, Canada & Europe.
He has performed at a number of festivals such Glastonbury, Coachella, Bestival and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. He has also played on TV shows such as Jools Holland and opening for acts such as Arcade Fire, The Civil Wars & Joanna Newsom. Tully also co-wrote The Coronas hit single ‘All The Others’ from their 4th studio album. The song received significant airplay on Irish radio, and reached No.1 in the Irish Singles Charts. The song was also nominated for the ‘Choice Music Song of The year 2015’. In February 2015, Tully signed a worldwide publishing deal with Wardlaw Music Publishing. Tully is currently working with Dutch super producer Fabian Lenssen who mixed and co wrote ‘Coldwater’ by Justin Bieber and Major Lazer.
In 2016, Tully landed the role of ‘Emcee’ in the Toni award winning musical ‘ Once ‘, which saw him, perform 140 shows in Dublin’s Olympia theatre. He was also the assistant musical director. Tully has also landed acting roles in Season 3 Episode 3 of AMC ‘Into The Badlands’ and ‘Direct Line Insurance’ TV commercial with Harvey Keitel. Tully is also a lecturer in BIMM Dublin where he teaches song writing, music theory, music production and artist development from Diploma levels up to BA 4. He has also just received his Post Graduate for ‘Teaching and Learning’ from the University of Sussex.
Tully is also a music theory tutor at BIMM Dublin.