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"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

"The ensemble of musicians that make up Tiller's Folly are a wondrously talented lot. Bruce Coughlan fronts the band and writes most of the songs, but each of the players adds a color and texture to the songs and band that is uncommonly evocative. Nolan Murray on fiddle and Michael Sanyshyn on mandolin in particular are outstanding on this tasteful Laurence Knight production."
- Tom May Producer/host "River City Folk" NPR

songwriter, vocals, guitar, woodflute & whistles
Bruce is a true bard (a collector of songs) and the founding member of The Tiller's Folly. He started his career at a young age as a solo pub performer touring throughout Western Canada. This incited his interest in the little known history of the region while giving him a solid background in performing and music. Bruce's songwriting and musicianship came to the fore in popular BC bands Bare Facts and The Hightops and on his solo CD Any Day Soon.

In early 1996 Bruce was searching for an outlet for his vision of a Folk/Celtic band singing songs about the other Maritime province and The Tiller's Folly was born. His love and passion for the characters and tales of The Pacific North West provided fertile ground for his well developed songwriting skills which led to "The View From Here and " Ghosts of The Mighty Fraser". This has been honed to new brilliance on the just finished 3rd CD "A Ripple in Time". Bruce is a talent to watch and will soon be recognized as a Great Canadian songwriter in a class with the great storytellers like Gordon Lightfoot, Stompin Tom and Stan Rogers.

producer, bass, vocals
Laurence is a musician with the incredible depth of over 30 years of professional performing and recording experience. During this time he performed with many of the brightest lights of the Vancouver music scene and had the opportunity to produce and session with numerous projects. He first met Bruce as a session musician for Bare Facts and they continued to meet for several years until Bruce asked Laurence to play at a Tiller's Folly gig.

That was the beginning and now over six years later it is an even stronger partnership that seamlessly combines their strengths (Bruce's songwriting and musicality teamed with Laurence's musical, production and business expertise) making the whole more than the sum.Laurence has performed, recorded and toured with many artists included Bo Didley, Jim Byrnes, Long John Baldry, the Sun Rhythm section (Elvis' first recording band), Susan Gitzi, Roy Forbes, Shari Ulrich, Dixie Lee Innes (One Tin Soldier), Headpins, Faith Nolan, Ferron, Raffi, Foreman Young Band (Wonder What You're Doing Tonight) and members of Prism, Heart, Blue Northern, Loverboy, One Horse Blue, k.d lang's band, Bryan Adam's band and many, many others.

fiddle, mandolin, guitar & vocals
Mike is a talented multi-instrumentalist and one of the top country session musicians in Western Canada. He joined The Tiller's Folly with Laurence in 1996 and was a major part of the first two CD's ( Including a writing credit on "Ghosts") and is again featured prominently on the new CD.

Mike is a four time 'BC Fiddle Champion was 3rd at 1999 Canadian Grand Masters and was nominated as "1997 Fiddler of The Year" by the Country Music Association of Canada. Mike is a truly accomplished musician at a mere 29 years of age. His session recordings have enjoyed chart success, and he has toured, recorded and performed with many fine country artists including Carolyn Dawn Johnson, The Wilkinsons, Duane Steele, Patty Loveless and Rick Tippe

fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar
Nolan is one the most in demand multi-instrumentalists in the Pacific NW and has recorded, toured and performed with many top Canadian and American artists. He has throughout his career won numerous awards and nominations for his stellar musicianship. 2001 saw Nolan join The Tiller's Folly and add his dynamic musical talent to the band and the recording of "A Ripple in Time" including a writing credit.

After many years of touring the United States, Canada, and Western Europe with some of the top names in the music industry, Murray now resides back in his hometown of La Grande, OregonHighlights of his awards and nominations are California Fiddle and Banjo Champion, Top 10 @ Grand Masters Fiddle Championship and US National Fiddle Contest, Nomination as CCMA Instrumentalist of the Year, 1991-1992, Nomination as Fiddle Player of Year @ Branson Music Awards, 1995, Western Canadian Bluegrass and Oregon Trail Fiddle Champion 1996 and International Bluegrass World Championship Band, 1997Nolan has recorded, toured and performed with numerous artists including Loretta Lynn, Ferlin Husky Ian Tyson, David Frizzell, Rose Maddox, Gary Fjellgaard, Brenda Lee, Irish Rovers, One Horse Blue, Randy Travis, Patricia Conroy, Canadian All-Stars, Ricky Van Shelton, Jess Lee, Johnny Russell John Fogerty, Valdy and Lisa Brokop

guitars, vocals, mandolin, dobro
Robbie has been a guitarist for over 32 years. Starting his career in Winnipeg, studying and working with bands in the area, he came to Vancouver in 1972 and has been working steadily ever since. A multi-award winner and top call session player, he has gold records for his work with West coast artist Sue Medley, has toured internationally opening for artists like Bob Dylan and Tom Cochrane as well as producing and performing on Megan Metcalfe's debut album for EMI.

Robbie joined The Tiller's Folly in 2001 and added a wealth of brilliant musicality to the band which is featured throughout "A Ripple in Time". He plays on an average of 30 albums a year, does a half a dozen feature films, a wack of live gigs and guest spots and he is now working on his first solo album. His work on slide guitar, dobro, mandolin and other stringed instruments has ensured that his future will be as busy as ever.

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