Bruce Coughlan & Tillers Folly are the Pacific Northwest’s critically acclaimed, internationally traveled, ambassadors of song and at the forefront of a bold new movement in acoustic roots music. For the past sixteen years, through 1,000’s of performances stretching from the Pacific Northwest to the British Isles, they have spread their memorable blend of energy, history, musicality, romance and just plain fun from small and large halls to theatres and festivals.
Hailed by critics (Tillers Folly is a national treasure. Peter North, Edmonton Journal), their words and melodies are at once populist, minimally produced and poignant while at the same time singularly powerful and sincere. With eight studio CD’s to the bands credit, Tiller’s award winning productions continue to expand and refine their potent mix.
Bruce Coughlan & Tillers Folly have picked up a prestigious award in the 11th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll. Their song, Death & Taxes, placed first in the Social Cause category, with online votes tallied from more than 60,000 music lovers worldwide.
John Cowan writes:
“I have been crowing in the wilderness about Tillers Folly for as long as I’ve been aware of them. There are so many elements about this band that I find satisfying. First off, and maybe the most important is the songwriting. The world is filled with mediocre songs played by talented musicians, the obverse,…..not so much. No doubt Laurence, Bruce and Nolan can “gun sling” with the best acoustic musicians around. But what Bruce seems to be concerned with and committed to is “the song”. In the same regard that Gordon Lightfoot, Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and folks like Darrell Scott are. He works at it with discipline, a sense of wonder, and trying to honor the very craft of it. I think his results speak for themselves. I have gone on and on about Tillers down here in the “Lower 48” and I won’t stop till they get the attention I think they’re due!