Tillers Folly is excited to announce they have been added as special guest opener for legendary singer/songwriter David Bromberg on two dates in in the Northwest in December.


December 5th finds Tillers opening for David in Seattle at the acclaimed Triple Door followed by December 6th at St James Hall in Kitsilano, BC (suburb west of Vancouver). The St. James show is presented by The Rogue Folk Club.


We invite you to join us in what will be two unforgetable evenings

The filming and recording are done now comes the editing

We had a great weekend at Blue Frog studios Special Thanks to Kelly and Juanita at Blue Frog, Gene, Shawn Liam and the rest of the video crew, Ron and Luke on the live recording, Ted on the sound, Doug on Keys and Robin and Brian for helping out.


We'll get the editing done over the next few weeks and hopefully the first video will be out in May!  Please have listen to the New CD 'Go The Road' if you haven't yet.  Our fans are loving this new CD.  Samples of the whole CD available on CD baby or 2 full songs here.

Tiller’s Folly’s inspired by life on the road

For the title of their latest album, Surrey and White Rock-based acoustic roots giants Tiller’s Folly borrowed an evocative phrase from Frank Delaney’s epic novel, Ireland.

Indeed, Go The Road – as a description of the lifestyle of the itinerant storyteller – fits the prolific band’s singer-songwriter Bruce Coughlan – and bandmates Laurence Knight (bass) and Nolan Murray (mandolin) to a T.

For them, the road has travelled historic byways of B.C. and the Pacific Northwest; followed Celtic roots all the way back to Scotland and is now, thanks to new manager Brian Smith of Georgia’s Leadership Artists, forging connections with classic American roots styles in heartland USA.

That the road also has a few local loops is admirably illustrated by two special album release concerts, including live video recording, March 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios (1328 Johnston Rd.).

Joining Tiller’s Folly for the events will be three artists of international repute who also happen to call the Peninsula home: keyboardist Doug Johnson (of Loverboy), famed videographer Gene Greenwood and award-winning studio engineer Ron Cote.

“Gene was picked up on a Stones tour right out of high school in North Van,” said band spokesperson Knight. “He’s worked with everybody in the music business. Even NASCAR wanted him to do a video for them, and he lives right in our neighbourhood.

“And Ron, who did the DVD we shot live at the Cannery in Richmond – A Fine Kettle of Fish – recorded a couple of Stevie Ray and Chilliwack records.”

Johnson is a long-time friend and musical associate, Knight said.

“Doug and I are good buddies, and he was kind enough to ask me to join a jam band he has with Don Wells – we get together a couple of times a month, schedules permitting, to play jazz standards and Steely Dan tunes.”

Johnson will fill in some of the piano and string sounds which, thanks to the multi-talented producer Joby Baker of Victoria, are found on the album.

“Doug is such an incredible musician – he was going to play on three songs and now he’s playing six,” said Knight, who added one will be a special piano feature for the versatile Johnson.

“We picked on a tune where Doug’s going to burn – an old Bob Wills piece called Panhandle Rag, on which Doug can get some of his chops out. We’re excited.”

Aim of the two sessions at Blue Frog is to produce four or five ‘viral’ videos and perhaps provide material for an eventual DVD release, Knight said.

The Go The Road album, itself, has a series of guest artists that have been described as “a who’s who of acoustic music.”

Foremost among them are John Cowan (currently of the Doobie Brothers) and Sam Bush, both of Newgrass Revival.

“We caught up to the band late, but they became a favourite of Tiller’s Folly in the early 2000s,” Knight said.

“To have Sam and John singing together for the first time in years, with Bruce, is a real thrill.” Other guest star turns on Go The Road include accordionist and Scottish Music Hall of Fame member Phil Cunningham, ace Dobro player Randy Kohrs, singer Cia Cherryholmes (of the Cherryholmes), frequent Bush and Cowan band members Scott Vestal and Jeff Autry, Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart) and Ronnie McCoury (The Del McCoury Band, The Travellin’ McCourys).

The guest list came together quite naturally and organically out of contacts the band has made on the U.S. scene, Knight said, spurred by the fact that their original choice for a fourth band member for the album, a local guitarist, “had some kind of life-altering change and cancelled out.”

Knight said the band is amazed and flattered that so many artists insisted they wanted to participate in their music.

But next week’s concerts will definitely shine the spotlight on the core and heart of Tiller’s Folly – the combined talents of Coughlan, Nolan and Knight, who have worked together for 12 years now.

Knight acknowledges he has stepped up his game by playing upright bass on all of the tracks, at the urging of producer Baker.

“He’s such a talented guy, he’s the reason I hung up my producer’s hat,’ he said.

The album also benefits from Nolan’s “musicality,” Knight said, noting that he recently had a ‘Mando-caster’ – essentially an electronic mandolin – handmade for him.

“We thought he played fast before – now he’s just burning,” Knight said.

“And Bruce constantly challenges us with new repertoire. He’s writing so many songs now and to such a high level, that the record really came together quickly.”

Tickets ($35) are available from 604-542-3055, or www.bluefrogstudios.ca

Filming and recording Dates at Blue Frog Studio in White Rock BC Mar 29-30

WE are set to release our eagerly anticipated new album, “Go The Road” with two very special local concerts on March 29-30 2012 at 7:30 pm each night, at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, BC. These two intimate concerts, set to be filmed and recorded, will create videos that will be used to promote ``Go The Road`` internationally and on the web.

A DVD of the event also is planned, creating a lasting memory of this unique event. Joining Tiller`s Folly on this special event are Loverboy keyboardist Doug Johnson, famed videographer Gene Greenwood and award winning studio engineer Ron Cote. Call 604-542-3055 or visit http://www.bluefrogstudios.ca/newshows.html to order tickets.

To get your copy or to hear samples go to CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/Search/VGlsbGVycyBGb2xseQ%3d%3d/0. or at our website  http://www.tillersfolly.com/publicfiles/gotheroad.html

We would really like to see many of our best friends and most enthusiastic supporters out at this show as the footage will go a long way towards promoting this great new CD. Please come out and support Tiller's at these special concerts. 

Review on 'Go The Road' from NPR's Tom May


For more than a decade, Canada's "Tiller's Folly" has made some of the most listenable, intelligentcountry/ folk/ americana  music to be heard; always with a splash of humor and unusually polishedinstrumental prowess to accent Bruce Coughlin's prolific songwriting.


Their new album  "Go the Road", takes this already high standard to new heights.   Produced and recorded in Victoria,  the essential  trio of Bruce Coughlin, Laurence Knight, and Nolan Murray are augmented in Nashville, Edinborough and Los Angeles by A-list studio players John Cowan (the Doobie Brothers) Sam Bush , Phil Cunningham and other luminaries.


The result are arrangements where the strings fairly sparkle;   the energy of the project drives from the dynamic title track though to the memorable closing song, always uplifting the songs  while highlighting the crystalline clear vocals.  There is no filler on this album; every song stands on its own.   Varied tempos and instrumental colors keep the listener engaged with the alternatively thoughtful, loving and playful lyrics.

 Of particular note is "As I Walk Down This Road", an anthem to a life as a musician, or any occupation that fully engages one's heart and soul.   The aforementioned title track   "Go the Road kicks  off the album with bluegrass intensity reminiscent of the finest of Nickel Creek or Ricky Skaggs.   The closer piece "If I Pass This Way Again", as well as the eminently singable "Forever on my Mind, are songs I expect many country/bluegrass groups to eventually cover and record.

 The Tillers Folly band continues to tour the U.S., Canada, and overseas, working hard and always striving for the next level.  "Go the Road" is the testament to that dedication, determined focus on the integrity of the song, and respect and appreciation of their audiences.   This album is a landmark achievement for them, and an extravagant gift to the folks that love their music.  I predict it will also reach many thankful listeners who have not yet had the opportunity to hear them. 


Tom May

producer, "River City Folk"

nationally syndicated on public radio and Sirius/XM;   27 years of "Music that Makes a Difference"

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