Bruce Coughlan

Bruce Coughlan

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Friday, September 13, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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St. John’s United Church

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Founder of the award-winning Pacific Canadian Roots Music group Tiller’s Folly, Bruce Coughlan is setting course on a new adventure!!

“I’m proud of all the great work we’ve done over the last 20 years and Tiller’s Folly will continue to be a big part of my creative life.” “It’s the longest run I’ve had with any band, and we’re by no means done yet!”

Bruce Coughlan & the Ever-Broadening Horizon

“Music for me has always been like living in an adventure novel.” “It carries me away to another place, another time.”

“I’ve been writing and performing music since I was thirteen.” “Over the years, I’ve indulged in a number of creative tangents, re-inventing myself musically like a method actor immerses in a character.” “Discovering my own voice in another style is the ultimate musical adventure.”

Over the decades his music has constantly evolved and morphed, never staying put too long in just one place. “I guess you could say I’m a trans-genre artist,” Coughlan jokes; “Though my primary orientation is Folk, at times I’ve identified as Blues, Soul, Celtic, Bluegrass, Rock, and even Latin, Reggae, and Calypso.” Bruce has recently launched a new website; detailing much of his colourful musical past.

“I’m emerging now as a solo performer, story teller & compere.”

Those abilities are not in question in the minds of Canadiana Music fans. Tiller’s Folly is known throughout North America as a preeminent Americana/Folk/Celtic group, recorded scores of songs and videos, performed in several different countries and their most recent recording, Stirring Up Ghosts Volumes 1 and 2 features 24 historically-based songs that cover the known and unknown stories of real people across the country and across more than a century. Coughlan and the band have also been working on cooperative projects The Great Canadian Songbook (with tenor Ken Lavigne and Diyet) and Voices for the Salish Sea (along with The Wilds.)

For Coughlan, it’s all about making music, making new music. “In a world filled with so much noise, music makes sense,” he says. “It puts me in the moment, where I feel like I belong.”

Looking forward, Bruce’s goal is to write songs that address complex, contemporary issues in a simple, relatable, and compelling fashion. To involve himself in a range of varying musical endeavours, interacting creatively with fellow musicians and performers.”
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