Musical trio to play Prairie City

<p>Tiller's Folly, a Canadian-based trio offering mix of acoustic and electric Americana, folk and Celtic music, will perform at 7 p.m Friday, March 8, at the Prairie City Community Center. The band will also give presentations Thursday, March 7, at Humbolt Elementary and Prairie City School.</p>

PRAIRIE CITY – The Greater Prairie City Community Association presents the Canadian-based trio Tiller’s Folly in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Prairie City Community Center, 211 W. 6th St.

The award-winning band, which has cut CDs over the past 16 years, offers a mix of acoustic and electric Americana, folk and Celtic music. The group includes Bruce Coughlan on lead vocals, guitar, bodhran and flute; Nolan Murray on fiddle, mandolin and banjo, among others; and Laurence Knight on vocals and bass.

One of the members, Murray, has Grant County roots. Born in Prairie City, his cousin is Mark Murray, co-owner with wife Sandy of Prairie Drug and Hardware.

Tiller’s Folly received international recognition last summer, when they won the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll for their song “Death and Taxes.” The song is from their album “Go The Road.”

The concert is sponsored in part by grants from the GPCCA, Field’s Grassfed Beef, the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Cultural Trust and the Western States Arts Federation.

As part of an educational outreach program, the band also will present an educational multimedia musical and projection show at Prairie City School and Humbolt Elementary on Thursday, March 7. Seneca students are scheduled to join the Prairie City show.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Friday night concert. Tickets cost $20, and are available at Java Jungle in John Day, and at Roan/Silver Lining and Prairie Drug and Hardware in Prairie City.

For more information, call Melanie DeJong at 541-620-1492, or visit Tiller’s Folly at or the group’s Facebook page.

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