Event type: All Ages / Licensed
RPR – The Big Voices from Tanglefoot - are Steve Ritchie (guitar, vocals), Al Parrish (bass, vocals), Rob Ritchie (keyboard, vocals), and Beaker Granger (drums/percussion, vocals). They rocked the folk/roots music scene as the rhythm section of Tanglefoot, a hard working band with a massive presence and a relentless tour schedule that earned them a fanatically loyal following throughout Canada, the US & Britain. Now Rob Ritchie, Al Parrish and Steve Ritchie have re-connected as RPR. Along with dynamic percussionist Beaker Granger, the new configuration affords the four veteran performers the opportunity to stretch their wings, indulging in musical whims and creating a memorable experience of arresting music, stories, laughter and reminiscence. It's light and shade, irreverent and poignant, gentle as a whisper and rampantly energetic. And whether it's an original country song of Al's, 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 impact ...are all there. RPR's debut CD Trans Atlantic was recorded in Yorkshire, England and Owen Sound, Ontario, and was released late in 2013. Trans Atlantic, largely comprised of skillfully crafted songs from the pens of Rob, Al, and Steve, was recorded during May and June of 2013 at Park Head Studio in Yorkshire, England when the band was on tour. “We had a lot of gigs," explained Al, “and were fortunate enough to stay in the home of our UK tour agent whose husband, Brian Bedford, who happens to be a great recording engineer, was available. We laid down almost everything there, and sent the tracks back to Owen Sound, where Beaker added the percussion tracks at Trevor Mackenzie’s studio. Then it went back to Brian for mixing, and finally back to Ontario. That’s the origin of the title, Trans Atlantic." From spare arrangements of poignant ballads to high-powered anthems with screaming electric guitar solos, to a capella singing with big harmonies, Trans Atlantic rises and falls from one song to the next on a sea of delightful surprise. Tucked into the mix is a chilling rendition of a Kate Campbell song, and a feel-good arrangement of Joe Crookston’s “Fall Down As the Rain." “It’s actually quite liberating," said Parrish of the variety of sounds on the disc. “All of our musical backgrounds are broad; from church choirs, to country, folk, and rock. We’re really excited about this (record). These are songs we like, played on instruments we like, with a sound that we like." When you come to an RPR concert you will be sure to hear some of the Tanglefoot favourites as well.
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Cutoff is Saturday, March 4, 2017 4:29 pm EST unless it sells out earlier.