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Bluebird North Vancouver

Event Date: 
Single day event: 4/19/2011 7:30:00 PM
Cost: $15 and S.A.C. members receive a discount at the door.
Where to buy tickets: At Door

Bruce Coughlan (Tiller's Folly)
Mark Vescovi
Cara Luft
Reid Jamieson
Shari Ulrich (Host)

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell gets 2011 off to an exciting start, with a colourful sampling of alt-country, jazz, rhythm-‘n-blues, contemporary pop/folk and more. Producer Shari Ulrich welcomes locals Bruce Coughlan from Tiler's Folly, Mark Vescovi, Cara Luft and Reid Jamieson. Don’t miss the chance to hear these fine Canadian songwriters up close and personal in an intimate, interactive setting.

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is produced by Shari Ulrich for the Songwriters Association of Canada. The SAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation and the Government of Canada through the Creators' Assistance Component and Support to Sector Associations Program of the Canada Music Fund. For more information on the SAC’s mandate, activities and membership programs please visit


Bruce Coughlan is a career songwriter/recording artist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer with over three decades of professional experience. He has been touring throughout Western Canada/USA since his teens, developing a keen knowledge of the people and history of the Pacific region. Bruce has over a dozen albums to his credit and is equally comfortable in a variety of musical genres including Bluegrass, Celtic, Americana, Progressive Roots, Country, pop and R&B. An undisputed king of the commemorative ballad, he has composed an entire collection of ballads chronicling historic characters and events that have shaped Pacific Canadian culture. With a growing list of commissioned works and soundtrack credits, this composer/lyricist/adapter/interpreter is a creative force of rare ability. 

Cara Luft is a widely-respected and well-traveled member of the Canadian folk/roots music community, now based in Winnipeg. She has graced the stage at Lilith Fair and been invited to perform at the prestigious International Guitar Festival in the UK. With The Wailin’ Jennys she created one of the most talked about folk groups of the last ten years and recorded the exquisite 40 Days, winner of the 2005 Juno award for Best Roots Recording (Group). Since leaving the trio she has wowed audiences and critics with her solo performances across North America and Europe. Critics have drawn comparisons to Julie Miller, June Tabor, Gillian Welch, Linda Thompson and even Brit folk-rockers Pentangle. Cara’s latest solo album, The Light Fantastic (Black Hen Music, 2007), produced by 54-40 frontman Neil Osborne and engineered by Warne Livesey (Matthew Good, Midnight Oil), has garnered superlatives far and wide.

Mark Vescovi is a published and recorded songwriter whose songs are signed to Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Music and Carlin Music Canada. He has also spent time living in Nashville and part of his catalogue there is signed by Barbara Orbison’s Still Working Music and Hori-Pro/Dixie Stars Entertainment Group. His material has been recorded by various country and folk artists. Mark now concentrates his efforts on placing material in film and television and his songs have been used in TV shows like Degrasssi-The Next Generation, and in the feature film The Last Wedding (director Bruce Sweeney and actors Molly Parker and Benjamin Ratner). In 2010 Mark opened a music supervision company called SongSync, which places various artists’ material in film, TV and other media.

Reid Jamieson's incredible voice and magical way with melodies can regularly be heard on CBC's Vinyl Cafe. In 2004 Reid released an alt-country gem titled The Unavoidable Truth featuring Sarah Harmer and Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco). 2007 found Reid releasing a rather unintentional 50s era tribute to Elvis entitled The Presley Sessions. 2011 brings Staring Contest, an eclectic collection of original songs featuring Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas). Garden gnomes, unstoppable trains and no less than 3 proposals (!) can be found in the lyrics of this unabashedly romantic collection.

Venue:The Roundhouse
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver British Columbia