Singer-songwriter Paul Tully’s newest release is an ode to anxiety, which he hopes will give confidence to others dealing with anxiety and to know they are not alone.
Anxiety is a mental health condition which affects millions of people worldwide, but is still largely misunderstood. Paul admits he has struggled with anxiety himself.
Whilst the lyrics explore the darkness that anxiety can hold over someone, the score remains resolutely upbeat and positive, evidenced through the catchy guitar lick repeating throughout.
“I’m hoping the song could bring a sense of comfort to those suffering from anxiety and let them know they aren’t alone. When I wrote the song in June of this year, we were in the middle of lockdown and there was a real uncertainty regarding our health and well-being of not only ourselves but those closest to us. On top of that we have ever-increasing living costs, the never-ending Brexit and a complete lack of job security -people really are at their wits end. The song basically describes my experience with anxiety and I hope it can help anyone listening and know that they aren’t alone.”
Originally from Strabane in County Tyrone, Paul currently lives in Dublin City. His musical prowess has been celebrated in his hometown for many years and he’s firmly established himself as “one of Irish music’s best kept secrets.”
He has played extensively around Ireland, and has supported other musicians such as Paddy Casey and Paul Brady.
In 2013, the artist released his debut EP “Lyric for the Lost”, which still remains a firm favourite on Irish radio.
The success of the debut EP saw Paul perform alongside Foy Vance, Cara Dillon and Grammy Award-winning Jim Lauderdale as part of the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. He also performed in Nashville at the famous Bluebird Café.
Combining honesty, integrity and an incredibly important personal message, Paul’s unique talent for songwriting makes “Anxiety” a guitar driven earworm which touches upon pop, folk and Americana.
Mental health helplines:
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)Website: www.thecalmzone.net
Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)Website: www.mind.org.uk
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
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