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Doug Folkins

Home: British Columbia CA

Great Big Sea meets Blue Rodeo.  Energetic, infectious, raucous and fun. Canadian singer and songwriter Doug Folkins performs his songs with emotion and poise. His music swings from traditional Maritime reels, to driving Contemporary Country and Rock songs with attitude, and Celtic music reflecting his life experiences on the rugged British Columbian coastline. Doug's uptempo music with clever lyrics and premium song crafting is a great resource for all types of media productions.

After 10 years of steady gigs and a fierce schedule of writing, producing, marketing and promoting his music, Doug Folkins has returned to his roots with traditional Celtic/Country treatments of cleverly crafted songs about life on the British Columbian coast with reflections from the Maritimes.  From a traditional upbringing on the cozy farmlands in southern New Brunswick to remote logging camps on the rugged coast, Doug has crafted his songs around colorful stories and characters he collected along the way.

“Folkins is both a rock artist and a folk troubadour. He follows in the footsteps of east coast artists; but has embraced the more modern aspects of contemporary Canadian roots rock music”, “Folkins’ songwriting is mature and skillful - he definitely knows his way around more than one type of song.” (Rachel Jagt - Canadian Bands.com). 

"There is a definite tendency to mix other musical styles with Celtic sounds with Doug's music. The play, singing and writing/arrangements are all very much above average. It is very, very, very good." Wildy's World Reviews.

Genres for This Artist
Music Genres For Doug Folkins
Action | Americana | Country | Dangerous | Dramatic | Folk | Pop | Rock |

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KING HENRY'S GOOD TIMES   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Advice from a colourful patron at a pub. The pace here is frenetic, and Folkins' voice rises to the occasion perfectly. Extreme scorching fiddle reels and blazing guitar motifs fit pub setting atmosphere perfectly. Excellent for period pieces or pub/bar scenes. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
Preview Track Full Track 336736 3:07 Med Fast

SEE YOU SMILING   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Moody song reflecting on missed opportunities and love that could have been. Indie rock song with addictive driving bass and drum lines. Fitting tune for dramas where characters are reflective about what could have been in a relationship. Male Vocals, Dramatic Music, Contemplative Music
Preview Track Full Track 337073 3:09 Med Fast

PARK THE CAR   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Maritime drinking song in the classic sing along style. Tempo here is 6/8 time similar to "Wild Rover". Kitchen party atmosphere. Perfect song for party, bar and drinking scenes for film and TV. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
Preview Track Full Track 336735 2:51 Slow

POUR ME ANOTHER   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Uptempo high-energy celtic rock song. Fiddle breaks and strong lyrical hook. Pub song about lifes regrets. Male Vocals, Americana Music, Canadian Music
Preview Track Full Track 336734 2:45 Med Fast

THE RIVER (TEXAS HOLD 'EM)   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2004
Four players at a late night poker table playing Texas Holdem. Lead dobro and acoustic guitars fit the mood and setting perfectly for this rootsy atmospheric song. Song would work well in old wild west poker scenes, river boat gamblers or modern holdem stars, bar rooms, brawling. Male Vocals, Americana Music, Americana Roots
Preview Track Full Track 338561 4:01 Med Fast

HELLFIRE YELLOW   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2004
Acoustic singer/songwriter song. High energy with lyric visual images. Slide dobro creates tension with the contrasting lyrics. Think Eddie Vedder. Perfect song for TV or Film scenes with tension in relationships. Lyrics are about a cheating lover. Male Vocals, Dangerous Music, Edgy Music
Preview Track Full Track 339181 3:04 Medium

DEALING WITH THE RAIN   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Country-Pop ballad. Powerful lyrical hook and bridge that contrasts the softer verses. Bridge part is especially vunerable with double female harmony and fiddles over emotive male lead vocal. Perfect for dramatic movie scences involving change, tension, hope and rain! Male Vocals, Country Music, Alternative Country
Preview Track Full Track 336919 3:16 Med Slow

GASOLINE AND SPARKS   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2004
Tale of the road. Lonely commuter finally has enough and says "no more." Male Vocals, Americana Music, Canadian Music
Preview Track Full Track 339180 4:40 Med Slow

LOGICAL   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2004
Crisp and clean acoustic roots with vocals and slide dobro flourishes. Great for film scores, trailers, interludes in drama, family, travel, documentaries, or product placement for all demographics. Male Vocals, Americana Music, Canadian Music
Preview Track Full Track 339182 3:18 Med Fast

SAWDUST LEFT BEHIND   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2004
Acoustic rootsy track about theft of old growth cedar trees for big profits. Perfect song for documentaries, science programs about enviromental degration for profit. Male Vocals, Americana Music, Canadian Music
Preview Track Full Track 339183 4:02 Med Fast

TANGERINE   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2004
Acouctic song about lost loves. First car, first dog and first lover. Song is well suited for romantic dramas where characters are being reflective. Dark humor, nostalgic scenes, western and rural themes, man and his best friend, for car lovers, Nascar, TV and Film, memories, romantic comedy, Male Vocals, Americana Music, Canadian Music
Preview Track Full Track 339184 3:44 Med Fast

BLACK VELVET BAND   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Live version of the classic Irish tune "Black Velvet Band". Traditional ballad perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Features live band preforming the song at classic west coast pub in Canada. This song is a timeless classic. Male Vocals, Folk Music, European Folk
Preview Track Full Track 472352 3:18 Medium

BRING IT ON BACK   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Warm, fun, expressive track with bluesy swing feel. Call and response guitar and vocals. Song about recalling growing up on a farm. Hot guitars and rich vocals. Perfect for scenes with memory montages, flash backs. Songs is catchy and sounds familiar to listeners. John Haitt stylings. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Roots Rock
Preview Track Full Track 472254 4:26 Med Slow

BUILD YOU A ROCKET (TRACK MIX)   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2011
Great sounding contemporay country track with full band production. Recorded in Nashville. Dramatic and building track would be prefect background music for family TV series' or rural scences. Instrumental, Country Music, Contemporary Country Music
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 456211 3:19 Slow

CALICO GIRL   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Happy upbeat song about a couple starting their life together. Features male vocals, big harmonies, harmonica and fiddle licks. Great for scences with young couples starting out. Male Vocals, Country Music, Alternative Country
Preview Track Full Track (Vocal ) 472077 3:43 Fast

CALICO GIRL (TRACK MIX)   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Instrumetental - Happy, jangley, upbeat, Fiddles and accoustic instruments. Perfect background music for film and TV to fit the mood. Instrumental, Country Music, Country Pop
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 353449 3:44 Med Slow

DEALING WITH THE RAIN (INSTRUMENTAL)   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Dramitic pop ballad track - no vocals. Perfect for background music or film & TV scences where dramatic melow music is required. Instrumental, Pop Music, Pop Ballad
Preview Track Variation 353450 3:15 Med Slow

DEVIL TAKE MY SOUL   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Rocking rockabilly track. Singer sells soul to the the Devil, Male Vocals, Rock Music, Roots Rock
Preview Track Full Track 472260 2:52 Fast

HAROLD AND DANNY   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Happy fun drinking song in the Maritime Irish Celtic tradition. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
Preview Track Full Track 472252 2:44 Medium

HEART OF STONE   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
50 style straight ahead rock and roll ala Buddy Holly. Fast quirky and fun. Male Vocals, Rock Music, 1950s Rock
Preview Track Full Track 472257 2:05 Med Slow

JAMIE   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Melodic rock ballad. Swelling chorus' and soft accoustic vereses. Dramatic and dynamic music meshes prefectly with the lyrics about lost love. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Melodic Rock
Preview Track Full Track 472259 4:21 Fast

KING HENRYS GOOD TIMES   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Traditional irish celtic music. Very uptempo, levely and fun. Great background or action track. Instrumental, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
Preview Track Variation (Instrumental) 353451 3:11 Med Fast

MARI MAC   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Live veresion of the classic public domain song "Mari Mac". Upbeat fast lively and fun. High energy and fast paced tune that accelerates into a whirling frenzie of singing and dancing. Great Irish pub music for TV and movie scenes with happy party atmosphere. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
Preview Track Full Track 472353 2:29 Very Fast

MY LEADING LADY   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2011
Upbeat and modern. Recorded in Nashville 2011. Sounds like a Rascal Flatts country pop type song. Instrumental, Country Music, Contemporary Country Music
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 472079 3:40 Medium

ON THE PHONE   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Breakup song with vivid imagery and dramatic acoustic based tracks. Stong melodies stir emotional response. Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
Preview Track Full Track 472261 3:26 Medium

PADDY MURPHY   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Live cover of the classic public domain song "The Night That Pady Murphy Died". Song about an Irish Wake. Party fun drinking song with sing along chorus and upbeat tempo. Fun and lively and folksy. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
Preview Track Full Track 472354 4:11 Medium

PARK THE CAR DOUG FOLKINS INSTRUMENTAL   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Folksy, Irish and Newfie song. 6/4 tempo swing. Sounds like classic Irish song "Wild Rover". Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
Preview Track Variation (Instrumental) 353452 2:52 Med Fast

PLEASE DON'T WHISPER   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Folky country stlye ballad. Sweet vunurable. Love song. Perefct for beach scenes for romance settings, Male Vocals, Country Music, Country Ballads
Preview Track Full Track 472256 3:14 Fast

POUR ME ANOTHER   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Upbeat Irish themed music. Happy, action music. Instrumental track, Instrumental, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
Preview Track Variation (Instrumental) 353453 2:46 Med Fast

PROMISE ME   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Crisp and clean, modern country arrangements with warm and classic stylings. Dramatic fiddle bridge. Perfect for background mood music for Film and TV requiring warm, clean, pleasant country feel without being overpowering. Instrumental, Country Music, Country Pop
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 353454 3:26 Med Slow

PROMISE ME   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Mid tempo breezy country folk track about love and commitment. Perfect for any time line, fiddles, female harmony over male vocals. Sweet and heartwarming. Instrumental, Country Music, Traditional Country
Preview Track Full Track 472262 3:26 Med Slow

RAFFERTY'S REVENGE   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Uptempo story song about revenge. Music is rock/folk Celtic. Plot of a ancient time when a tavern keep takes revenge years later on bandits who have killed his wife. In the end he burns them alive in an abandonded church. Male Vocals, Americana Music, Canadian Music
Preview Track Full Track 472253 3:21 Med Slow

ROCKIN CHAIR   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Rockabilly feel, catchy, fun and up tempo. Perfect for the 50's old time rock feel. Male Vocals, Rock Music, 1950s Rock
Preview Track Full Track 472255 2:26 Med Slow

SANTIAGO   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Soft song about finding love and finding God in Santiago, Chile. Fiddles, accordions and acoustic guitars with tasteful backing drums and bass. Sounds like Spirit fo the West, Venice is Sinking. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
Preview Track Full Track 472263 3:35 Med Fast

SANTIAGO   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Clean, slow non-traditional country ballad style song. Accordion and fiddle lines over accoustic instrumeation. Dramatic mood music for Film and TV, Instrumental, Country Music, Country Rock
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 353455 3:35 Med Fast

SEE YOU SMILING   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Groovy, classic rock feeling track about missed opportunities. Sounds like Dire Straits meets Cold Play. Great for background music where characters are refecltive on lost loves and missed opportunities. Instrumental, Action Music, Action Impending Buildup (pending)
Preview Track Variation (Instrumental) 353456 3:09 Med Fast

SNIDER MOUNTAIN   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2011
Staight ahead traditional country rock instrumental track ala Steve Earle. Perfect for rural scenes and bar rooms. Sounds like Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again". Instrumental, Country Music, Country Rock
Preview Track Variation 472080 3:01 Very Fast

STREETS OF ROME   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Uptempo and uplifting traditional feeling hight tempo folk song about travel and love in Europe, Italy and Rome. Fiddles and acoustic instrumentation. Perfect for travel and falling in love scenes. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Contemporary Folk
Preview Track Full Track 472264 3:18 Medium

STREETS OF ROME   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
High energy instumental track with traditional Irish feel. Fiddles and acoustic instruments. Instrumental, Folk Music, Contemporary Folk
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 353457 3:19 Med Fast

THAT SMILE   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2011
Traditional country feel, upbeat and happy. Features banjo and dobro. Recorded in Nashville in 2011. Perfect for rural scences. Instrumental, Country Music, Traditional Country
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 472078 3:17 Fast

THE WRONG WAY AGAIN   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2011
Country rock, full band recorded in Nashville 2011. Great for rural, road, highway, barroom and country scences. Instrumental, Country Music, Country Rock
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 472081 3:18 Slow

THIS BOTTLE   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2011
Mid tempo rocker ala Tom Petty. Tune about being down and out and recalling the past, reflecting on home and where you come from. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Classic Rock
Preview Track Full Track 472265 2:58 Medium

THIS BOTTLE DOUG FOLKINS   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Edgy, crunchy classic rock vibe. Great for tension scenes. Instrumental, Pop Music, Easy Listening
Preview Track Variation (Track Mix) 353458 3:00 Medium

TOUCHSTONE   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Jangely folk pop song about making all the efforts for a girl. I will be your anything hook. Jangly guitars and pop/folk feel. Fun and spirited song. Lively cheeky pop song with uber cliche lyrics. Song would woud be great in TV or Movie about teen love and teen relationships. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Contemporary Folk
Preview Track Full Track 472266 2:57 Med Fast

WASTELAND GRACELAND   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Acoustic rock meets classic rock. The song uses titles of countless classic rock songs from the late sixties and seventies. Music alternates between acoustic banjo drive licks and crunchy rock guitars. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Acoustic Rock
Preview Track Full Track 472258 3:28 Med Fast

WHISKEY WIND   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Folky rock pop song. Big catchy chorus. Mid to uptempo with vibey repetitive chorus. Images of lady on a golden horse, love, wind, relationships. Perfect for rural scenes with females. Focus on a woman arriving at the scene and she has all the attention. Captivating and focused and confide, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Contemporary Folk
Preview Track Full Track 472267 3:04 Med Fast
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