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Tanglefoot tears it up for last show in Lethbridge

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Southern Ontario folk stalwarts, Tanglefoot  played their third last gig of their careers in Lethbridge, Nov. 27 at the Wolf’s Den. And there was no way  I was going to miss that, though it meant missing a lot of other  great shows. They have all of the components of the perfect band— unparalleled musicianship,  bountiful energy, multi-Terry Young  of Tanglefoot. Photo By Richard Ameryinstrumental capabilities, really intelligent, thought provoking lyrics, an engaging stage presence and a keen sense of humour. They even have five part vocal harmonies. All of which they displayed  in a fitting career ending performance.
Myself and several folk club members were trying to determine  the last time they were here but the closest we could determine by the posters on the wall (the Wolf’s Den is decorated from posters from all of their past shows) was 2006. I knew the last time I saw them was in Kenora but had never seen them here, so was interested to hear what they’d do. As it was they played a lot of their most recent CD, 2006’s “Dance Like The Flames,” which was excellent, but they also played a few of my favourites “Dollar Bill” and “Agnes on the Cowcatcher” which, like most of their material, drew  inspiration from interesting tidbits of Canadian history.

Mandolinist/guitarist/ banjo player Terry  Young was a marvel on these songs and others. Lead singer Steve Tanglefoot put on a spirited performance at the Wolf’s Den. Photo By Richard AmeryRitchie was a sociable host. His brother, Rob, on piano was a character, telling long , amusing anecdotes and cracking jokes before introducing  the first set’s more hilarious and moving numbers.
Their new fiddle player  Sandra Swannell was impressive, grinning and playing some impressive fiddle licks. She also took lead vocal duties on one of the band’s more tender numbers, “Emmeline.”
I’m glad I stuck around for the second set, because it included one of my favourites, “Crashin’ Down,” a song based on the Frank’s Slide, and ‘Secord’s Warning,’ which beautifully showcased the group’s five part harmonies and a great one which I forgot about “One More Night.” It ended with their hockey song “Seven Aside.” But were called back for an encore,  causing lead singer  Steve Ritchie to Joke that there’s no other job  when you  have five minutes to go before quitting time, that you get told good job, now go do some more.” Regardless the encore included a cool one called the “Midwife’s Dance,” and a beautiful newer  song called “Lunenburg Skies.’

—by Richard Amery,L.A. Beat editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:48 )  
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