the tiller's folly celtic band

Tillers Folly Porch

The Tiller's Folly have created true, heroic Canadian tales, carrying on the Celtic heart beating across the decks of battered ships many maritime moons ago. Their debut, The View From Here, followed by numerous successful CDs all spin a high energy meld of traditional instrumentation and sounds.

The songs and storytelling of this unique presentation features insightful portraits of the people and events that helped shape our Pacific Canadian province, British Columbia. The music begins with songs of the earliest fur trade explorations, through to the legendary gold rush that led to British Colonization (1858). The songs then carry forward to the province's inclusion in the Dominion of Canada and continue to include our province today. A richly diverse and unique global society, which embraces many cultures and ideals.

The repertoire of Tillers Folly is perfect for background music and concert performances. For major events the band can perform with a multi-media presentation that includes the music and imagery of British Columbia. Rare archival photographs, unique historical video, vivid rural images of our country and impressive graphics are woven together with the lyrics and music of Tiller's Folly for a unique experience.

The Tiller's Folly have emerged as enigmatic, modern day story-telling of lore. They unite past and present via centuries old Irish and Scottish themes. Jigs, reels, aires and ballads leap along the pulse of modern pop to personify Celtic music - Gaelic origins, welcoming new influences and evolving with each generation.

The Tiller's Folly performs high-energy acoustic roots music with Pacific Northwest flair. Their unique blend of Celtic/Folk/Rock/Pop/Bluegrass is gaining popularity far and wide.


"The show consistently drew capacity crowds ... to enjoy the music and dance of Celtic past and present ... The quality of the show was top notch."
Nancy Cottingham Powell, Entertainment Production, PNE

"This full-throated Canadian Celtic group, a cross between Stan Rogers and the Clancy Brothers, is on a stirring crusade. It wants to establish an oral story-telling tradition for the settlers, fishers, natives, loggers and adventurers of the misty West Coast."
Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun

meet the members of the tiller’s folly

BRUCE COUGHLAN (Songwriter, Lead Vocals, Guitar, Flute and Whistles)

Heads the line-up of exceptionally talented Canadian artists. He developed into a master vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in a career, which began as a traditional pub singer continuing with performances in Bare Facts, and The Hightops. The past ten years have won him many awards, plus the release of his own solo CD Any Day Soon.


Boasts almost twenty-five years of professional experience with some of the world's top artists, such as Jim Byrnes, Bo Didley, Long John Baldry, Shari Ulrich, Colin James, k.d. lang's band, Bryan Adam's band, and more. Knight guides the rhythm section into a tumultuous ocean of fusion beats before returning to the mist laden waters of gentle ballads.

NOLAN MURRAY (Fiddle, Mandolin & 5 String Banjo)

Has achieved the level of master. Recognized as International Bluegrass World Fiddle Championship winner Nolan has also taken time to apply his talent to Mandolin and 5 String Banjo making him a one man musical force. Nolan has recorded, toured and performed with numerous artist including Loretta Lynn, Ian Tyson, One Horse Blue and Randy Travis. In 2001 he joined The Tiller's Folly and added his dynamic musical talent to "A Ripple in Time" including a writing credit.

A River So Wide

Ballad of John Rae

Ceilidh By The Spey

The Last Engineer

Ned McGowan's War

Fraser & Thompson


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