We’ve been contacted by Halifax city people indicating they think we are a business and will need a license. Even though we’ve never made any profit from any of our endeavors at the house, please consider this a non-advertised, non-commercial, invitation only private home until further notice. If you have questions, please contact us!
We had our SAC regional writers group meeting / party last night. Summer meant a small turnout but what a lot of fun!
Due to Stanfest cancellation we have confirmed Chuck will be here on Monday. www.ChuckBrodsky.com for the extensive bio, many reviews & accomplishments and samples.
www.TillersFolly.com and on their Tiller’s Folly page.
Great playing, great writing, great performance. We are pleased to be getting this fabulous trio before they feature at the PEI 150th Anniversary celebration concert in Charlottetown.
book your name on a seat via paypal here.
Cash or credit cards accepted at door as well once reserved via email.
Show start 7:30, doors 6:30
Thursday, August 7th
Here on capitol hill, Ottawa as BC’s representatives
Here on Music City Roots
Tillers Folly Are:
BRUCE COUGHLAN – songwriter, vocals, guitar
This Pacific-Canadian born songwriter and sixth generation Canadian possesses a profound connection to his Celtic roots. Bruce Coughlan is a true bard (a collector of songs) and the founding member of Tiller’s Folly.
As principle songwriter and vocalist for Tiller’s Folly, Bruce has navigated the band through a long succession of subtle, yet defining changes. From performers of Celtic music to interpreters of the genre, into an influential entity in the course of progressive Celtic and Canadiana music.
With a growing list of commissioned works and soundtrack credits, this composer/lyricist is a creative force of rare ability. Bruce Coughlan is a multifaceted talent and will undoubtedly be recognized as a great Canadian songwriter in the league of Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.
NOLAN MURRAY – fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster
Nolan has a long history as a multi-instrumentalist gun-for-hire who at an early age, parlayed an impressive list of championships into a touring/recording career that has spanned decades.
Throughout that time, he’s left his musical imprint with a long list of iconic performers including Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, John Fogerty ,The Irish Rovers, Randy Travis, John Cowan, Ricky Van Shelton, David Frizzell, Patricia Conroy, Gary Fjellgaard, Jess Lee, Funk Brother’s Bob Babbitt, Wrecking Crew’s Larry Knechtel.
Highlights of awards include Oregon State fiddle Champion, Top ten Grand Masters Champion, Top ten US National Fiddle Champion, International World Bluegrass Championship Band. BCCMA Instrumentalist of the Year 89,90,92, Western Canadian Bluegrass Fiddle Champion and CCMA Citation – All Star Band. Beyond his explosive improvised solos, lies a broad pallet of richly diverse influences. In joining Tiller’s Folly in 2002, Nolan Murray caused Tiller’s Folly to encompass an ever-widening range of musical style
LAURENCE KNIGHT – bass, vocals
A forty-year veteran of Western Canada’s vibrant music scene who’s first love is Rhythm and Blues. Early in his career, Laurence earned a solid reputation in Vancouver’s Blues music community, touring and recording with the Foreman Young Band, Jim Byrnes and the legendary Long John Baldry, just to mention a few.
In a shift from R&B to Folk music Laurence once again found his stride while performing and recording with many of the West’s most iconic artists, including Roy Forbes, Shari Ulrich and Ferron.
Laurence is an expressive bassist, and energetic performer who adds his soulful, rhythmic signature to the Tiller’s Folly blend.
The Contenders are coming!!
Most folks know Valdy and many know Gary Fjellgaard. Together they are a fabulous show that is rich in variety and subject matter and presented with much humour. Check out some of the many Youtube videos… a few are linked below.
Valdy – A long list of hits from Rock ‘n’ Roll Song, Simple Life and many more, a true Canadian legend. Gary Fjellgaard -
In 2005 this Juno Award winner was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. His list of accomplishments is long, his roots are deep and his Continue reading
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Pat Pattison Songwriting Workshop, May 3 & 4, 2014
We are excited to announce our feature on ‘Atlantic Journal’ on Bell Aliant TV. Thanks to Terri Lynn Kersey and crew for being so generous with time and talents!
Brent Mason, POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2014
Brent has a brand new CD coming out Fall 2014. Due to circumstances beyond our control we have postponed this Spring concert until then.
Brent Mason has established himself as one of the most prolific and literate songwriters in the Atlantic region. In 2008, Brent released his 7th album, Both Kinds Of Music, and has a reputation for being an honest and tenacious writer and performer. Playing over 100 shows a year, he tours solo and with his band throughout the region, the UK, the US and Canada. He was nominated for ECMA Solo Roots Artist of the year, and honoured with the Stompin’ Tom Award and the Canada’s Cultural Capital Award for Popular Music Achievement in Saint John, New Brunswick. Website: Brent Mason
Pat Patisson Songwriting Workshop – May 3 / 4
Two days of intensive songwriting with the best! Songwriters Assoc. members get discount so it’s well worth joining before registering!
This event only, register here
“I count myself lucky and proud to have studied with Mr. Pattison. I would not be the writer I am today without his teaching and his unique and comprehensive understanding of language, rhyme, rhythm, and structure.” - 3-time Grammy winner Gillian Welch
Pat Pattison does the impossible. He takes the mystery out of songwriting without taking the heart out of it. - David Wilcox
“I took a class with a great teacher named Pat Pattison… I learned a lot in that class…and I still read that book, Writing Better Lyrics. I think it’s great.”- John Mayer
Not only is Pat Pattison a Professor at Berklee College of Music, he has penned four books on the craft of songwriting: Songwriting Without Boundaries, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer, Tom Hambridge, and Gillian Welch. He has also developed five online courses for Berkleemusic.com. Pat presents songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Pat’s classes are legendary. In these events, watch him take already songs and put them through a workout until they emerge trim and toned. Pat will look at selected attendee songs, taking time to work out any kinks, focusing on prosody between the intent of the song and structure, rhyme, rhythm, point of view, phrasing and many other tools that have proven so useful to seminar participants across the globe. No one demands more of a song than Pat, and he can show you how to take it all the places it could go to cross the “finished” line, while millions cheer. We are thrilled to welcome him to Roca House.
NOTE: this is separate registration. Discount for SAC / MNS / ECMA members Website & REGISTER: Pat Patisson
Lucid (folk/pop – Isle of Wight, Eng.) – April 30
from Susan Marlow:
Not being a music critic by any means I still will have to say Lucid was much more than expected, they were totally professional, the original music and songs were arranged in a totally different fashion from the standard North American way, you could feel the creativity that went into their music, they incorporated many unexpected epics of instrumentals and vocals, they did not depend on their drummer at all times to keep the beat but when he came in he did a fantastic job, They gave me goose bumps to tears with haunting melodies, then they pick up the pace and had you wanting to tap your feet. Thanks Robert Campbell & Cailin Marie Green for providing such a great venue and for the warm welcome to all who were at Roca House tonight.
On their Canadian tour, all the way from the Isle of Wight, Lucid is a band with a unique and original sound, with a distinct 70s feel and stunning vocals. Accomplished musicians include a pianist, guitarist, bass player and violinist, all with superb vocals, and who have a versatility which is hard to fault. Their music transports the listener to other realms. Tickets for this show FREE WILL DONATION Facebook Page: Lucid Reserve Now!