With 150 years of history draw from, how do you put together a touring show called The Great Canadian Songbook? You could start by recruiting diverse Canadian musicians like founding Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne, folk trio Tiller's Folly and indigenous singer Diyet.
Classic songs by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray and Stompin' Tom Connors will be featured. Work by more contemporary artists like Barenaked Ladies and Blue Rodeo will also be included, along with original songs by all of the performers.
Bruce Coughlan, frontman for Tiller's Folly, is very much influenced by folk music.
"I came up through the Don Messer era: the Sixties, the Seventies," he told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC-TV's Our Vancouver, "Songwriting, balladry, things that are very Canadian to me. Artists like Stan Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot, that sort of thing."
One of the love songs Tiller's Folly will be performing will be Lightfoot's "Talking in Your Sleep."
"I think what's amazing about Gordon's writing is sometimes — with very, very simple lyrics, with very few words — he can paint such a picture. This song speaks about vulnerability."
The Great Canadian Songbook will be coming to White Rock on March 25, and Campbell River on March 29.
To watch Bruce Coughlan's performance and interview with Gloria Macarenko on Our Vancouver, click here