Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Review -- TANGLEFOOT -- Dance Like Flames

Borealis Records
If you have a traditional view of folk music then you will have a pretty fair idea of what Tanglefoot is all about.
The Ontario band has been around for a number of years, having occasionally evolved along the way. Dance Like Flames is the band's first studio recording since 2002, and features material from all five band members. The recording is also the first time Tanglefoot has recorded with a female voice with Sandra Swannell joining in 2003. The rest of the band is; Terry Young, Rob Ritchie, Al Parrish, and Steve Ritchie.
Dance Like Fames has a Celtic/Canadiana feel to it. The lead cut; The Whiskey Trick, has humour, and a sound which brings forth thoughts of band's such as Edmonton's Captain Tractor.
Paddle Like Hell is powered by Swannell's fine fiddling, and shows the Canadiana with the lyrics sung in French.
Like many bands with a folk-Celtic feel, Tanglefoot throws in plenty of humour. This is pub music after all. You get the idea from the song title Boot Soup – 'nuff said.
This Cd works on the power of the fiddle, and the high spirit of the music. This is a feel good effort. Pick this one on a blue day and it will lift your spirits.
Full marks for it's attitude, although that said, it doesn't quite warrant top marks simply based on the flavour of the lyrics. This is kind of like the movie Slapshot, well loved for what it is, and often enjoyed, it's not exactly an Oscar nominee either.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan.30, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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