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Coyote Willow is an Indie Roots duo that creates a unique blend of folk, roots, blues and intricate instrumentals through Tim Coffey’s soulful guitar, Kat Hilst’s powerful cello and their moving vocal harmonies. Coyote Willow blends progressive acoustic Roots with hints of Celtic influence for an extraordinary mix of vocal harmony, haunting instrumentals & foot-stomping rhythms.


The duo has opened for such illustrious musicians as Robert Earl Keen, Shawn Mullins, Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek), David Jacobs-Strain, Keith Greeninger, and Radoslav Lorkovic.


Coyote Willow’s unique sound hails from a blend of diverse musical backgrounds. Kat started playing piano at 5 and graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in piano performance. She grew up playing the violin and later switched to the cello. Tim Coffey hit the road at 19, spending 20 years as a professional touring backup guitarist. Today his voice and songwriting is front and center, attracting the attention of Breedlove Guitars, who invited him to join their stable of artists.


The group is a regional favorite, performing multiple venues, festivals and private events throughout the Pacific Northwest year round.


“Coyote Willow brings “a technically bracing mix of Celtic and folk influences they’ve alternately dubbed “progressive acoustic Americana” and “beautiful music with grit” …. The album [Raising the Barn] starts out deep in the duo’s wheelhouse with the instrumental title track, which adds violin from Bethany Willis, and the sublime “Grey Lady,” perhaps the best example of the duo’s knack for shifting arrangements, featuring mandolin from Bill Powers…. Without changing the fundamental DNA of what makes Coyote Willow, Hilst and Coffey have taken their sound to the next level — and left multiple musical doors open to explore at their whim in the future.””

~ Brian McElhiney, The Bend Bulletin (Oregon), November 3, 2016


Coyote Willow has a “penchant for making the personal universal in their songs.”

~ Brian McElhiney, The Bend Bulletin (Oregon), January 29, 2016


“Coyote Willow, an artful duo made up of Tim Coffey and Kat Hilst, is an eclectic combination of rock, blues, folk and contemplative instrumentals based primarily around Coffey’s soulful baritone voice and acoustic guitar and Hilst’s powerful cello work. Musically and lyrically, their tunes range from rockabilly to the lyrically-moving folk style, as well as a smattering of instrumentals and even gypsy jazz.”

~ Luciana Marano, Bainbridge Island Review (Washington), March 2, 2015


“Sometimes, it seems like making (and listening to) music in the 21st century means navigating a sea of studio trickery. But the sound of great musicians expertly playing real instruments will always endure. The debut album from the popular local duo is aptly named; the acoustics and attention to detail that surrounds its creation at Lonely Grange Recorders in Sisters are as important as the bright plucks of Tim Coffey’s guitar, the deep, gorgeous timbre of Kat Hilst’s cello and the Celtic-flavored chamber-folk-pop they make when they’re together.” 

~ Ben Salmon, The Bend Bulletin (Oregon), December 28, 2012