You Don't Have To Be Scottish!
BRUCE COUGHLAN is 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. 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 recognised 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.
WHY BURNS? “I have always admired the works of Robert Burns and have taken pains to decode much of the broad Scots vernacular in which it’s so brilliantly framed. I have performed dozens of Burns dinners, led the tartan throngs singing Auld Lang Syne, Ae Fond Kiss & The Star o’ Rabbie Burns, and have on rare occasions, amidst all the pipes, pomp & circumstance, been permitted to address the hallowed haggis! Still, my mind begged for context. Who was Robbie Burns in his own time? A man of modest means, possessed of “mither wit and native fire” Burns’ words themselves reveal much about the man, his humility, humanity, passion, compassion, humour & insight.” – Bruce
DANIEL LAPP is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who’s amazing 30-year musical journey has carried him across Europe, Australia, China, Israel, the USA and Canada performing with artists as diverse as Spirit of the West, Rickie Lee Jones, 54-40, Gord Downie, Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Jim Cuddy, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Stephen Fearing, Ed Robertson and Roy Forbes.
Daniel’s long-time commitment to enriching community through musical engagement began back in 1994 when he launched the BC Fiddle Orchestra program. In 2001 he founded the Victoria Fiddle Society and in 2005, he introduced ‘Daniel Lapp’s House of Music’ which now operates as a non-charitable Society. In 2012 Daniel received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ‘Service’ Award and in 2013, was the recipient of the Canadian Folk Music Association ‘Innovator’ Award for his contribution to Canada’s fiddle culture. In 2014 Daniel Lapp was appointment the Artistic Director of the School of Contemporary Music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
RENE’ (RPF) CUSSON is renowned throughout the piping world as a musician, competitive piper, performer, teacher, adjudicator and composer. His music is performed all over the Celtic world and has been widely recorded at home and abroad. Added to his playing of various bagpipes is whistle playing and singing. He is presently completing a book of his compositions to be launched in Glasgow soon.
René has performed with Sir Paul McCartney, The Carlos Núñez Band, The Barra MacNeils, Skerryvore, The Piano Guys, folksinger Eileen McGann (on the Juno nominated album, Beyond the Storm), and John Denver. During the pandemic, René has been performing quite regularly on various instruments, along with his wife, Carolyn, in Mairi Campbell’s weekly virtual ceilidhs broadcast from Edinburgh. For the past twenty years he and Carolyn have run Celtic Performing Arts Inc., which has presented CeltFest Vancouver Island and frequently produces Celtic music, dance, cultural and educational experiences throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.