03:46 PM, Sep 07, 2009
The Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music, Civic Long Weekend, Cambridge Ontario 2009. Tanglefoot Highlights and Farewell Finales Up close.
The Historical Mill Race Park amphitheater in Cambridge Ontario staged the 17th Annual Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music this past weekend in Galt.
Local and internationally renowned folk performers such as Tanglefoot were selected to reflect the diverse and entertaining mixture of musical cultures that exist nationally and abroad.
The setting of the old mill on the Grand River in Cambridge is indicative of the nostalgia for old traditions and adaptations to new environments of future generations of folks and folkies.
Canadian Folk Music Award winners Tanglefoot closed the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Music both Saturday and Sunday nights.
The group of five talented Ontario singing storytellers professed in bold song and bravado stomp, the ‘tangled’ tales of many a local farmer of southern Ontario and of banked fishermen on the shores of Lake Erie being plucked up by Ms Becker of Long Point Bay, reminding some of us of home or at least close to it.
Tanglefoot longest member guitarist and backup vocalist Steve Ritchie of Owen Sound joined the group in 1988. When asked about some of the highlights of the group’s Canadiana Folk performances, Steve shares “there have been a lot”.
A gig in the 1995 Lunenburg Festival at the Old Lunenburg Opera House, as “ we stepped out and played our first song the place went off like a bomb, we’d never had a reaction like that before, it was the first time we started thinking seriously about taking the band on the road”. rr-tanglefoot23
This year there have been quite a few significant highlights for Tanglefoot. The Birdsedge Festival in England last month “was pretty poignant. It’s kind of a home-town show for us.
The first time we played in Philadelphia for the Philly Folk Song Society was really cool too. Tons of people all there to hear this Canadian band that sang songs about Canada. It was a sell-out.
I suppose everywhere we’ve played all year has been a finale of some sort, every night has been a farewell”.
Tanglefoot will complete touring as we know them as Tangflefoot as of their December finale concert but all will continue to Dance Like Flames.
The Mill Race Folk Society will host Tanglefoot in concert Friday October 9, 2009 at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.
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