by Dave Cunningham, Staff Writer
September 24th — A popular, classic Celtic roots band is coming to town to perform a concert, and drinks will be available for free! Port Ludlow Performing Arts (PLPA) opens its 2022-23 season at 7 p.m. that evening with music by Tiller’s Folly, and the event has been dubbed the “champagne opener” because the bubbly is complimentary.
It all happens at the Bay Club, and tickets are available online at portludlowperformingarts.com priced at $35 for any single show or $180 for season tickets that give you reserved seats for all six concerts. Only the first show will offer free champagne, as well as free chocolates. The concert is made possible by the generous support of Terri Ross (dedicated to the memory of Lanny) and Peggy Ponto (dedicated to the memory of Roger).
Formed in 1995, Tiller’s Folly is celebrating its 27th anniversary, and PLPA is celebrating too, as it begins its 32nd year as a nonprofit organization offering live entertainment for all.
With roots that stretch from the mists of the Pacific Northwest, across the sea to the British Isles, and now into the heartland of American music, Tiller’s Folly has tapped into something timelessly fresh and refreshingly sincere.
The trio tells “tales as old as time” with a modern lyrical twist and a penchant for stirring tales of intrigue and adventure inspired by true-life heroes and villains—backed by their potent mix of acoustic and Celtic-influenced sound.
Across nine albums, Tiller’s Folly has united communities around the globe with songs steeped in Scottish, Irish, and Canadian west coast traditions. Their lively songs of highwaymen and moonshiners, sad songs of love turned sour, the lonely immigrant’s sorrow, and whimsical sea shanties compel audiences to tap their feet, clap hands and sing along. Their global fan base has fallen in love with timeless hits like Water at the Bar, Death & Taxes, Ghosts of Read Island, Spanish Banks, and Steamboatin’ Jamiesons, to name a few.
The Tiller’s Folly live experience is where the talented trio shines, having performed before thousands at major festivals throughout the US, Canada, and the UK
Music critic Peter North of the Edmonton Journal called Tiller’s Folly “one of the tightest and unflinchingly focused folk bands in the nation … (they) continue to produce music that is both distinctly Canadian and firmly rooted in the Celtic tradition. (The song) Stirring Up Ghosts confirms that Tiller’s Folly is a national treasure.”
In 2008, Tiller’s Folly introduced a multimedia component to their show, adding both modern and archival film footage and photography with sharp visual images and film designed to provide a whole new depth of understanding and enjoyment to an already impressive stage show.
In 2011, Tiller’s Folly recorded with the masterful John Cowan and new musical collaborators like Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart), Cia Cherryholmes (The Cherryholmes) and the legendary Scottish Music Hall of Famer Phil Cunningham on accordion.
A new art show will be displayed on the Bay Club walls, which attendees can enjoy before, during and after the show. Members of the Port Ludlow Digital Club will be displaying an eclectic mix of photographs at the Bay Club during the month of September. For more information on art exhibits at the Bay Club, email Alan Ahtow at a2112|||plvoice|||org|||PLAL Info.