The Saddletramps

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The Saddletramps/Tin Mitten
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative country
Years active 1980s-1995
Associated acts Tin Mitten, The Beat Farmers, Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper.
Past members Ken Horne
Andrew Lindsay
John DeHaas
Brian Duguay
Sarah Harmer

The Saddletramps were an alternative country band from Toronto, Ontario in the 1980s and 1990s. Core members of the band included Ken Horne, Andrew Lindsay, John DeHaas and Brian Duguay.

History[edit]

In the early 1980s several Fanshawe College students from the Greater Toronto Area who shared a rented house in London, Ontario got together to form the band Tin Mitten. Their first gig was opening for another established local band, The Waiting. Friends of the band members chanted "No Waiting, Mitten Now" and pelted the band with mittens.[citation needed] The was soon renamed The Saddletramps, and performed in various Toronto venues.

Lindsay met seventeen-year-old Sarah Harmer while working at Sunrise Records in Burlington,[1] and she joined the band, later commuting to Toronto to perform on weekends while attending Queens university.[2][3]

In 1989 the Saddletramps released their first album, The Saddle Tramps, on cassette tape, with Dehaas on bass, Duguay on lead guitar and vocals, Harmer on vocals, Horne on percussion, Lindsay on vocals and guitar. Mike Northcott also contributed some instrumental work. The album was recorded at Grant Ave and Axon Studios, and all but one of the songs were written by the band members.

In 1990 the band released a second cassette album, Yardsale. Harmer left to concentrate on her studies; she later fronted her own band, Weeping Tile. The Saddletramps disbanded in 1995.

In 1999, Harmer began a solo career. Lindsay, Duguay, and Dehaas formed a new band called Loomer along with Michael Taylor, Iain Thomson, and Scott Loomer. The band released an album, Love Is A Dull Instrument in 2004.[4] In 2006, Harmer sang "Only Lovers" on the band's second album, Songs of the Wild West Island.[5][6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • The Saddle Tramps (1989) Tracks: "Christ", "Life and Times", "Church", "Winds of Change", "Alaska", "I Don't Mind", "Blue Eyes" and "Fallen Angel"
  • Yardsale (1990) Tracks: "Weight of the World", "Deal With It", "Boomerang", "4000 Roads", "She Don't Love", "Rain of Gold", "Wastin' It On You", "Race Along The Edge", "Passin' Thru", "Don't Get Your Back Up"
  • Well Gone Bad (1993)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarah Harmer Out at the Hideout". Exclaim!, By Michael Barclay, Jan 01, 2006
  2. ^ Famous Female Musicians Gr. 4-8. On The Mark Press. pp. 32–. ISBN 978-1-77072-776-2. 
  3. ^ "Where are they now?". Queens University Journal, July 25, 2006 Emma Reilly
  4. ^ "Loomer Love Is A Dull Instrument". Exclaim!, By Eric Thom Jul 01, 2004
  5. ^ "Loomer - Songs Of The Wild West Island (Newtone Records)". NetRhythms, Michael Mee November 2006
  6. ^ "Loomer Songs of the Wild West Island". Exclaim!, By Eric Thom, Mar 22, 2007