Tiller's 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 ("Tiller's 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 of acoustic & electric based, Celtic influenced Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass 'and beyond.'
In 2008, Tiller's Folly introduced a multimedia component to their show including both modern and archival film footage and photography, adding sharp, captivating visual images and film designed to provide a whole new depth of understanding and enjoyment to an already impressive stage show. As a result, this is a show that the audience will carry with them long after the final note has played.
Fueled by their unfailing passion and enthusiasm for the music, Tiller's is continuingly experimenting with different phrasing, tones and textures while recording with some of the most exciting and innovative musicians and singers in the business today as they continue to evolve as artists. Names like the phenomenally talented front man of the iconic group NewGrass Revival, John Cowan to Bob Babbitt (most famous for his work as a member of Motown Records studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966-1972, as well as his tenure as part of MFSB for Philadelphia International Records) and the late legendary session keyboardist Larry Knechtel have moved Tiller's music to a new level of mastery.
Now, in 2012 they have just completed their new project that marks a fresh, new direction for the band and unleashes the writing and acoustic performance prowess of this band. In addition to current members Bruce Coughlan, Nolan Murray and Laurence Knight they will again showcase the vocals prowess of the masterful John Cowan (Doobie Brothers/John Cowan Band), as well as introducing new musical collaborators like Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart) and Cia Cherryholmes (The Cherryholmes), Ronnie McCoury (Del McCoury Band/Travelin McCoury's), Sam Bush (NewGrass Revival founder/Sam Bush Band) and successful producer/writer/vocalist Wendy Waldman along with the legendary Scottish Music Hall of Famer Phil Cunningham on accordion. Rounding out the musical guests on the album will be Grammy winning "in-demand" producer/session man Randy Kohrs (Dolly Parton/John Cowan Band/Jim Lauderdale), guitarist Jeff Autry (John Cowan Band) and banjo great Scott Vestal (John Cowan Band/Sam Bush Band).
With their new self-penned songs, new musical studio partnerships and an inexhaustible collaborative spirit, Tillerâ€™s Folly is poised to breakthrough to the next level in 2012 and beyond.
Tiller's Folly is:
Bruce Coughlan (songwriter, lead vocals. Guitar, bodhran, flute, whistle)
Nolan Murray (fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster, banjo, viola, guitar)
Laurence Knight (producer, bass, vocals)