• RELEASE DATE /July 1, 2015
  • CATALOG /620969997236
  • LABEL /Raincoast Records
  • FORMAT /Digital / CD

Liner Notes

Bruce Coughlanvocals (all tracks) acoustic guitar (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24) wood flute (1, 5, 10, 13, 14) whistles (1, 5, 14, 20, 24)
Laurence Knightelectric bass (all tracks) vocals (7, 12, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23)
Nolan Murrayfiddle (5, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24) mandolin (4, 5, 6, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24) 5-string banjo (5, 14, 22, 23)
Joby Bakerdrums (4, 20, 21, 24) Whurlitzer piano (4) vocals (20)
Ian Cameronfiddle (1, 11) mandolin (1)
Noel Chalmersmilitary drum (20)
Aaron Chapmanvocals (14)
John Cowanvocals (15)
Doug Coxdobro (21)
Jack Duncanpercussion (1)
Colleen Ecclestonvocals (21)
Bear Ericksonelec. guitar (20) vocals (20)
Geoff Eyredrums (2, 8, 17)
Tatiana Hancheroffvocals (17)
Daryl Haversaccordion (3)
Dave Keoghvocals (14)
Larry KnechtelHammond (15)
Craig McGregoracoustic guitar (7, 10, 13, 17) elec. guitar (3, 17) octave mandolin (8) mandolin (9)
Jim McWilliamsbagpipes (20)
Sandy Marshallbagpipes (20)
Chris Nordquistdrums (14, 15, 19, 23)
Gord Maxwellvocals (2, 3, 11, 18, 22)
Aiden O’Brienuillean pipes & whistles (4) vocals (4)
Paul O’Brienvocals (4)
Peter Paddenvocals (2)
Eric Reedelec. guitar (23) mandolin (6, 16) vocals (16)
Phil Robertsondrums (5, 12, 18, 22)
Mike Sanyshynfiddle (3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 22) mandolin (8, 12, 22)
David Sinclairelec. guitar (4)
Victor Smithfiddle (9) whistles (3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13) silver flute (17)
Shawn Soucydrums (3, 9, 10, 13) percussion (8, 9, 10, 13)
Robbie Steiningeracoustic guitar (1, 5, 22) elec. guitar (18) dobro (18, 22)
Chris Stevens5-string banjo (7, 9, 12)
Ed Wagstaffbagpipes (20)
Valdyvocals (24)

All songs, music & lyrics by Bruce Coughlan (SOCAN) except: The Ballad of John Rae by Bruce Coughlan & Jim Smith (SOCAN)

All tracks produced by Laurence Knight except: Laurence Knight & Steven Drake (15, 23) Joby Baker (4, 21, 24) Bruce Coughlan (6, 14, 20) Mastered & re-mastered by Joby Baker Thank-you to our families, friends and fans for all your support and inspiration!!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter Stirring Up Ghosts initiative. Special thanks to Rob Armstrong, Katharine Barrett, Bob Chenoweth and the Lexvolds. Special thanks again to Dave & Paula Reed who’s initial contribution made this project possible.

Release tracklist

Few words

It’s hard to imagine Canada prior to European contact. A vast, sparsely populated wilderness, Aboriginal communities scattered along its rugged coastline or clustered around lakes and along rivers. Equally hard to imagine is how, in a brief span of two centuries, the landscape, both physical and cultural has been so dramatically changed.

This change began with the fur trade, bringing explorers who first mapped this vast region, establishing trade with the First Nations people. The fur trade eventually led to the discovery of gold throughout the West. It was the following gold rush that prompted colonization, and with colonization came industry. It was industry that led to the Dominion of Canada

Today, The True North represents a richly diverse and unique global society, which embraces many cultures and ideals. In the proverbial blink of an eye, cities have sprung up out of the wilderness.

Stirring up Ghosts contains songs of triumph and mystery, tales of intrigue and adventure and true life heroes & villains of the True North’s flamboyant past.

The aim of this collection is to foster awareness of Canadian Heritage, Culture & History through the arts. The Tiller’s Folly have written & produced an unprecedented collection of historically based songs. Each song is a celebration of our history. Each song lends insight into life on the Northern Frontier.