By Natasha Purcell
Tiller’s Folly rolls in for a good old-fashioned Celtic romp this Saturday at the Nk’Mip Cultural Centre.
Tiller’s Folly is a critically acclaimed internationally travelled acoustic Canadian Celtic power trio from the Pacific Northwest, planted at the forefront of a bold new movement in progressive roots music.
The three-piece award-winning Celtic roots band has a “big history and an even bigger future,” says Alan Bleiken, founder of FAB Entertainment.
A project that’s been in the works for over a year now, Tiller’s Folly is now the second band to play at the Cultural Centre.
“It was first going to be an evening at Jojo’s Café, but because of their energy and high calibre performance “they warranted a larger venue,” says Alan.
Self described as a “stage to celebrate culture,” the Cultural Centre venue is the perfect choice: comfortable seats and beer and wine for those who desire
There isn’t a bad seat in the house and a bonus with the centre is that there is no travel time to worry about.
The home-like feel is a perfect fit for the band — everyone feels welcomed, because at a Celtic gathering everyone is family.
“It is not often this act plays Osoyoos. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to book them.”
For those not familiar with Celtic music, it is high energy, welcoming and uplifting — all qualities the band delivers in a remarkable way.
The band’s music tells entertaining and engaging stories, offering something more than what we hear in mainstream music.
Tiller’s Folly is composed of Bruce Coughlan on vocals, Nolan Murray on fiddle, mandolin and mandocaster, and Lawrence Knight on bass and vocals.
Bruce is a creative force of rare ability, recognized as a great Canadian songwriter in the league of Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.
Nolan Murray is a multi-instrumentalist champion with a broad pallet of diverse influences.
Lawrence is an expressive bassist and energetic performer adding a soulful signature to the blend.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show — at $30 each — are available at Jojo’s Cafe on Main St. Osoyoos, and at the Desert Cultural Centre itself.