“The Black Horse is proud to have Sean as a regular performer. By using a number of different instruments, he is able to create a show that exceeds what you would normally expect from "One Man Band".”
— Desmond Vandenberg, owner of The Black Horse Pub, Peterborough.
Sean Hully is multi-instrumentalist with a diverse background of performance, recording, and education.
Perfecting his craft with over three decades of passionate engagement with a variety of musical genres, Sean has performed with Carnival Cruise Lines and numerous tribute bands across North America. He has led his own bands too, including The Sean Hully Jazz Group. An accomplished songwriter and composer, he has three degrees in music studies and has written a variety of original music.
Sean's album "Interaction" was released in 2002 and uses common rock instrumentation. Since 2015, Sean has developed a unique style with the discreet use of a loop pedal to incorporate flute, saxophone, percussive effects, and guitar leads. The nylon string guitar has become the bedrock of his style because it blends nicely with the folk, pop, classical, and jazz traditions.
Sean Hully was called to music at a young age, and has journeyed through the realms of choral music, rock and roll, folk, classical, R&B, Latin and jazz. He is seeks to fuse all of his skills into one form. The guitar and saxophone each compete for his attention, but Sean has finally managed to incorporate both instruments into a solo live performance with the help of looping technology.
Sean has an extensive music education after high school. For his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, he studied classical saxophone, and participated in school ensembles such as the Renaissance band, wind ensemble, and stage band. After his undergraduate degree, he stayed to receive a Licentiate of Music Diploma in classical saxophone. After Queen’s, he moved to Toronto to study jazz at Humber College. Following Humber, he was hired by Carnival Cruise Lines as a saxophonist in the ship’s show band.
Sean returned to Toronto in 1999, where he started giving music lessons and freelancing as a saxophonist. During this time, he wrote, arranged, and produced his one official album to date, Interaction. He joined a tribute band to Billy Joel and did short tours across the U.S. and Canada. He played in crossover tribute shows to Elton John, Tina Turner, and Bob Seger too. He became a full-time member of Toronto Latin band Macana, 50s and 60s band Little Peter and the Elegants, and The Big City Big Band. He also played gigs with various R&B bands and musical theatre pit orchestras.
Between 2005 and 2007, Sean studied at York University in a Master’s programme in composition. Meanwhile, he continuing to perform and teach heavily. His thesis was essentially his second album that was scored and recorded, but never released. This “album” was the start of the transition to his current guitar and woodwind concept.
In 2009, Sean returned to his native Peterborough and started Bird House Music to give music lessons on guitar and woodwind instruments. During that time, he has adjudicated at two music festivals, provided support to local high schools, coached saxophone with New Horizons Bands, played in various Dixieland jazz bands, and founded the Sean Hully Jazz Group, which was a jazz rehearsal band. The SHJD rehearsed each Tuesday and played a show at The Garnet in Peterborough once a month.
In 2015, Sean felt like he needed to start working on his own material. He began freeing up his time by leaving most of his bands and extra teaching obligations. He began to work with a Boomerang 3 phrase sampler to develop a solo act that could fuse all of his skills into one entity. Through technology, he found a way to perform live without the use of prerecorded tracks and still incorporate his woodwind instruments. This way, his repertoire has organically become quite unique in Peterborough. He is now adding his original material to this 21st century “one-man-band” concept.