William Terence Tufts is a finger-style guitarist living off-grid with his wife (pianist Kathryn Briggs) and daughter in the bush in Ontario.
Terry has been playing music for enjoyment since 1963 and as a profession since 1974. His father's job with the Canadian Government moved the family to Denver, Colorado in the U.S. in the 1960s at a time when the folk and rock music genres were influencing opinion everywhere. Other postings that influenced him musically took him to Ottawa, Ontario, and Rome, Italy. Upon returning to Canada to complete high school, he began to work as a full-time musician and continues to do so to this day.
In 1974 he moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick, to begin pursuing his own musical career as a singer-songwriter and guitarist for A JOINT EFFORT (Rick Bastedo, Brian Bourne, Grant Harrison, Tim Tufts, and Terry Tufts), and later a reformed version of that band called REDROCK HOTEL (Dan Artuso, Brian Bourne, Mario Melanson, Tim Tufts,and Terry Tufts.) The Effort released on lp (FINAL EFFORT) upon the groups disbanding, and one 45 rpm recording with RedRock (HITCHIKER'S DREAM - T. Tufts b/w YOUR CONSTANT CHANGE - B. Bourne)was released in the late 70's.
Tufts has worked as a session musician and sideman for a variety of artists including Tom Paxton, Kathryn Briggs, David Francey, Colleen Peterson, Laura Smith, Laura Bird, Ian Tamblyn, Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop, Charlie Sohmer, The Arrogant Worms, Wayne Rostad, Susan Aglukark, Tracey Brown, and George Fox.
In 2014 with Kathryn Briggs he formed the duo K.E.W.T. (initials for Kathryn Elizabeth & William Terence). They are joined by double bassist John Geggie. Two albums were released over the next two years.
In 2016, under suggestion by luthier Linda Manzer, the trio formed The Algonquin Ensemble (with Lisa Moody - viola, Laura Nerenberg - violin, and Margaret Tobolowska - cello) to musically interpret the canvases and life story of Canadian Group of Seven motivator Tom Thomson. Their piece, SONIC PALETTE: Tom Thomson's Voice Through Music 100 Years Later, priemiered at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection July 9th, 2017 to a sold out audience.
Tufts has recorded six albums, one of which remains unreleased. Three of these albums are on Borealis Records.Mother Lode (2014) Blue Northern Music
Winter Light (2015) Blue Northern Music
Terry Tufts (1987) Snowy River Records, then Blue Northern Music
Transparent Blue (1990) Snowy River Records, then Blue Northern Music
Down the Eighth and Gone (1995) Blue Northern Music
Two Nights Solo (1999) Nutshell Music
Walk On (2001) Borealis Records
Two Nights Solo (2002) Re-Released by Borealis Records
Six Strings North Of The Border (2003) Borealis Records
The Better Fight (2005) Borealis Records
"For Lovin' Me", Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (2004)