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Tanglefoot's 2006 lineup
|Origin||Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada|
Tanglefoot was a folk band from Ontario, Canada. Formed in the early 1980s by schoolteachers Joe Grant, Bob Wagar, and Tim Rowat to play traditional music, they became a five-piece band playing largely original music. They regularly toured Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
The band has toured frequently throughout Canada and the United States, and also regularly in the UK. The band's song subjects are largely derived from history, especially Canadian history. Subject have included the Frank Slide, The War of 1812, Laura Secord, the first flight in Canada, and the tale of Sir John A Macdonald's wife Agnes Macdonald riding the cowcatcher across Canada.
Tanglefoot's lineup from 2007 on was: Steve Ritchie (guitar and whistle), the band's longest-serving member, Al Parrish (double bass), Terry Young (multi-instrumentalist incl guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, whistle), Sandra Swannell (fiddle and viola), and Rob Ritchie (piano), returning after a five-year hiatus to replace departing pianist Bryan Weirmier. All the members sang and all, to varying degrees, wrote for the band.
After performing for nearly three decades, Tanglefoot ended their run with a pair of farewell concerts at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound, Ontario. In a comment on 27 June 2009 Al Parrish said that there was no bitterness in the breakup, but after more than twenty years the time had come to call it a day. Parrish also said there was a possibility of reunion gigs in the future, but nothing was planned.
In October 2010 all five band members appeared together back at the Roxy Theatre for a leukemia fundraiser. The concert was billed as "The My Sweet Patootie Show with special guests, Al Parrish, Rob Ritchie & Steve Ritchie". Organized by former Tanglefoot members Sandra Swannell and Terry Young (who now perform as My Sweet Patootie), the concert featured all five performers in a variety of configurations but they played only a couple of Tanglefoot songs and the event was not particularly a "Tanglefoot reunion".
Three longstanding members of Tanglefoot - guitarist/vocalist Steve Ritchie, bassist/vocalist Al Parrish and keyboardist/vocalist Rob Ritchie - currently perform as RPR (Ritchie-Parrish-Ritchie).
- Dance Like Flames – Released by Borealis Records in 2006; BCD-179CD
- Way More Live – Released on DVD by Borealis Records in 2004; BDVD001
- Captured Alive – Released by Borealis Records in 2003; BCD-157CD
- Agnes on the Cowcatcher – Released by Borealis Records in 2002; BCD-143CD
- Full Throated Abandon – Released by Borealis Records in 1999; BCD-115CD
- The Music in the Wood – Released by Tanglefoot Media in 1996; TML14-0896CD
- Voyageurs et Vagabonds: Songs of the Voyageurs – Released by Ooze River Music 1995; ORM8-989
- Saturday Night in Hardwood Lake – Released by Tanglefoot Media in 1994; TML12-1194CD
- Grain of Salt – Released by Ooze River Music 1992; ORM11-1192CD
- Songs of the River (cassette) - Released by Ooze River Music 1984; ORM-002
- Igg's Pig: Songs and Stories for Young Canadians' - Released by Waterloo Music 1984; WR-8030
- Peterbourgh This Week, Aug 17/12
- Official web site at the Wayback Machine (archived 28 February 2013)
- Allmusic's article on Tanglefoot
- My Sweet Patootie web site
- RPR web site
- Al Parrish web site
- Steve Ritchie web site
- Rob Ritchie web site
- Bryan Weirmier web site