"It's All About the Song"

A career songwriter and recording artist residing in British Columbia, Bruce Coughlan is a vocalist, multi instrumentalist and composer with over four decades of professional experience. An expressive singer and rock-solid guitarist (flat-pick & fingerstyle), Bruce sports an extensive repertoire spanning an array of Roots music genres including Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Maritime, Blues & more. Performing solo or in an ensemble, Bruce delivers great songs & stories expertly. He has written hundreds of songs and performed at thousands of venues, ranging from theatres and folk clubs around the globe to a Canada Day performance on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Bruce is regularly a featured artist at festivals, concerts, arts presentations, community and corporate events. He has performed in eight provinces and one territory, 38 states and has toured the United Kingdom on a dozen occasions. Since recording his first LP in 1984, he’s recorded 14 albums of his original and adapted traditional music across a broad range of the Roots Music genre. Bruce might be best recognized for his historically based ballads, written on Pacific Canadian themes. He has been the composer and lead singer of Tiller’s Folly for over two decades.

“Even as a child, I remember being transported by song. A good song can paint pictures in your mind, but what’s more, a good song can connect us with our  humanity and our feelings. I strive to create music that does that.

I hope you find my music authentic. Whether I’m singing a traditional Celtic ballad or an original Rhythm & Blues tune, I try to approach each song with sincerity, to obtain intimacy with each song. To immerse myself and draw you in with me.”

 – Bruce Coughlan

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About Bruce

My musical coming of age took place in 1972, when I was 11 years old. I bought my first electric guitar…



Deep dive into Bruce’s discography and listen to his works from various music  genres…



Concerts, Festivals, Workshops, Radio, Internet etc. View upcoming show dates and purchase tickets.



What is it about songs that allows them to have such an impact on us? Throughout history and even before…

Testimonials & Reviews

Bruce Coughlan brought a master-craftsman’s performance to our Belladrum Festival stage, with an authenticity born out of a deep love of Roots music.

– Rob Ellen, Programmer
Potting Shed Stage, Belladrum

It is the common place things that occur almost unnoticed which Coughlan brings to conscious thought that makes us appreciate the beauty that we might have otherwise missed.

– Nancy Vivolo, Victory Review

His words and melodies are at once populist, minimally produced and poignant while at the same time singularly powerful and sincere.

– Tom May, River City Folk (NPR)