Steve Ritchie, Rob Ritchie, Al Parrish, Beaker Granger.
"I love the new sounds, I love the stories, the music was awesome and to see you all performing together down here again was spectacular. You are such gracious performers and my family and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment." -- Big Island Festival, Albert Lea MN
Steve, Al and Rob,Tanglefoot's dynamic rhythm and harmony guys are back together again! They've added percussionist Beaker Granger. Their first UK tour in May 2013 (without Beaker) was a wake-up call for Tanglefoot fans. Three people with enough on-stage energy for five and a huge variety of great songs. Their next tour in 2016 had the complete lineup, and the tour was fabulous. The four-piece configuration affords the four veteran performers the opportunity to stretch their wings, indulging in musical whims inside and outside the frame of their former band identity, creating a memorable experience of arresting music, stories, laughter and reminiscence. And whether it's an original song of Al's, or Steve's recollection of a Robert Plant version of an old Dylan tune, or Rob's incisive musical humour, all the trademark harmony, the chemistry, the enthusiasm, the impact of Tanglefoot ... is all there. So are some of the songs, but with lots of new songs and an expanded vision that you'll love. It's light and shade, irreverent and poignant, gentle as a whisper and rampantly energetic. All four of them have fabulous voices, so the harmonies are huge and stirring. They swap instruments at the drop of a hat, Steve and Beaker trading guitar and drums, or Steve and Al swapping bass and lead guitar.
"They sing raucously and passionately with big stirring harmonies....at times with roaring vigour at others with sparse intensity, creating many moods...songs full of humour, pathos and love." - The Beat Magazine.
Playing festivals and concerts in Canada and the USA, the band is gathering momentum throughout North America. While in the UK on their last tour they recorded a new album at Park Head Studio, 'Transatlantic,' now out in Canada and getting great reviews. Though no longer full-time the band's professionalism shines through.
If you been missing TANGLEFOOT, you'll love Ritchie Parrish Ritchie (and Granger). If you've never heard of TANGLEFOOT (where have you been?) you'll love RPR anyway. Stylish songs, stunning arrangements, great musicianship - and those massive vocal harmonies - all delivered with good humour and a sense of fun.
Ritchie Parrish Ritchie is a powerhouse group, moving forward from the Tanglefoot days without leaving the high energy and the spirit behind. It's old songs, new songs, borrowed songs... some you will no doubt remember, and some will be new.
"Thanks not only for your amazing music but for making it feel like seeing old friends again (and making a couple of new ones)" --comment at 2016 UK Tour final concert
"The world got brighter for fans of the long-running but now disbanded Tanglefoot when Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish, and Rob Ritchie joined up once again in a new configuration – RPR – expanding their musical horizons beyond Canadiana and adding a shot of plugged-in to their sound. They also added a percussionist, Beaker Granger. As longtime Foot-Heads, we were thrilled to present Ritchie Parrish Richie to kick off the 20th year of our Sleepy Hollow Folk series. RPR is not a "Tanglefoot-lite." Despite a sprinkling of very entertaining anecdotes from life on road, RPR expands the breadth of its songwriting beyond Tanglefoot's trademark Canadian history. The new repertoire ranges all over the board, the creative original lyrics brought to life with electric energy or leaner, quieter arrangements to complement them. It was a treat to experience these exciting performers close-up in an intimate setting." - Beth Auerbach and Norm Stewart, Sleepy Hollow Folk Concerts, Falls Church, VA
"Their performance Saturday was a joyous occasion. The group had paired back to three core members [after Tanglefoot] - pirates, in my mind, who always brought such outlandish energy to the stage. They play their instruments at times with roaring vigour at others with sparse intensity, creating many moods: Rob Ritchie on keys; Steve, his brother, guitars and bass including some great licks on electric guitar: "Dylan was nearly killed for doing this"; Al Parish guitar and electric bass guitar."- Bob Cunningham - The Beat Magazine (And since then Beaker Granger has become a permanent full-time member.)