“It’s All About the Song”

Bruce Coughlan is a career performer. A songwriter, recording artist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, compere, and storyteller par excellence with over four decades of experience.

This expressive singer & rock-solid guitarist is a musical chameleon, transitioning with ease between Rock, Country, Rhythm & Blues, Celtic, Bluegrass & Americana genres. Bruce has recorded 15 albums, garnered many awards, and has been a featured artist at thousands of theatre, festival, community, and corporate concert events throughout Canada. (Including a Canada Day appearance on Parliament Hill for over 250,000 people) He’s performed in 38 states, and has toured the United Kingdom on a dozen occasions.

“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

a few words about the Songsmith…

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, Potting Shed 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)