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Celtic songsmith and storyteller coming to intimate venue in Maple Ridge

Bruce Coughlan will be performing one of only a few concerts being held at Westacres
Bruce Coughlan will be performing at Westacres in Maple Ridge. (Bruce Coughlan Facebook/Special to The News)

A self-described Celtic songsmith will be performing at one of Maple Ridge’s most intimate of concert venues.

Bruce Coughlan, founding member and long-time front-man for the Celtic group The Tiller’s Folly, will be bringing his eclectic mix of original folk, blues, and Celtic roots-based music to Westacres, a large music room on a large 20 acre farm close to downtown Maple Ridge.

Coughlan is an internationally touring artist whose latest LP, Waiting For Rain, was released in 2017.

His songs are described as honest, timeless, and authentic.

This is one of the few concerts the Maple Ridge Music Society will be presenting as it is taking a step back from presenting live music events.

Josine Eikelenboom, artistic director of the society, made the announcement in April saying falling attendance numbers and a similar program at the ACT Arts Centre, were part of her decision.

The society had been holding concerts in the community for more than 40 years, holding an average of five concerts each year, with a focus on classical and chamber music.

READ MORE: Maple Ridge Music Society putting on last official concert

Eikelenboom was forced to close down her venue in 2021 when the city told her she could not hold the concerts there anymore because it was not a commercial building and she didn’t have a licence.

She will now only be hosting a few in-house concerts this summer and a few this winter, with limited attendance and by donation.

ALSO: Westacres in Maple Ridge looking for new indoor venue

Coughlan will be performing by donation at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at 23575 124 Ave., Maple Ridge.

To RSVP call 604-467-3162 or email

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Colleen Flanagan

About the Author: Colleen Flanagan

I got my start with Black Press Media in 2003 as a photojournalist.
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