BRUCE COUGHLAN is a Canadian-born folk artist and musical ambassador of Pacific Northwest tales, and the founding member of Tillerâ€™s Folly, a talent-packed, Celtic â€“influenced trio, on tour, and coming to the Liberty Theatre. In conjunction the concert celebrates an Astoria Bicentennial event with the Thompson Canoe Brigadeâ€™s arrival in Astoria. The Brigade members are paddling the entire Columbia River in honor of David Thompson- Canadaâ€™s #1 Cartographer and Explorer.
For the past thirteen years, through 1,000â€™s of performances Tillerâ€™s Folly have spread their memorable blend of energy, history, musicality, romance, and just plain fun. With seven CDâ€™s to their credit, Tillerâ€™s continues to expand and refine their potent mix of Celtic influenced Canadiana, Americana â€˜and beyond. In 2008, Tillerâ€™s Folly added a multimedia component to their show including both modern and archival film footage and photography, including historical photos and songs about the Astor Party, Astoria and Fur Trading.
Tiller bassist/producer Laurence Knight brings to the stage over 30 years of professionalism. Laurence has performed, recorded and toured with many diverse artists, from Bo Diddley, The Sun Rhythm Section (Elvisâ€™ first recording band), toÂ Loverboy, and K.d lang. Tillerâ€™s fiddle player Nolan Murray is one of the most in-demand multi-instrumentalist, a multi-award fiddle champion and has recorded, toured and performed with numerous artists including Loretta Lynn, Ferlin Husky, Ian Tyson, David Frizzell, Rose Maddox, Brenda Lee, Irish Rovers, One Horse Blue, Randy Travis, John Fogerty and many others.
The Edmonton Journal (Oct, 2008) – â€œTillerâ€™s Folly is one of the tightest, and unflinchingly focused, folk bands in the nation.â€
Saturday, July 16, at 7pm, Adults $20, Sen/Stud/Military $18. At the Liberty Theater. Box Office 503.325.5922 Ext. 55. Open Tues.-Sat. 2-5:30 pm & 2 hours before curtain.