Agnes on the Cowcatcher

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Folk enthusiasts can take heart in the fact there will always be groups such as Ontario-based Tanglefoot. The group's seafarer-evoking vocals are evident from the opening notes of "Backyard Sailor," which has the additional tin whistle throughout. Another maritime-oriented track is "Summer Ghosts," a brief a cappella track and one of the album's finest. But the traditional folk genre is replaced at times by arrangements influenced by bands like La Bottine Souriante, particularly the Francophone traces and down-home feeling of "Feu Follet." The commoner theme throughout the record gives it a soothing quality, but the narratives told aren't forgettable. "The Commodore's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Folk enthusiasts can take heart in the fact there will always be groups such as Ontario-based Tanglefoot. The group's seafarer-evoking vocals are evident from the opening notes of "Backyard Sailor," which has the additional tin whistle throughout. Another maritime-oriented track is "Summer Ghosts," a brief a cappella track and one of the album's finest. But the traditional folk genre is replaced at times by arrangements influenced by bands like La Bottine Souriante, particularly the Francophone traces and down-home feeling of "Feu Follet." The commoner theme throughout the record gives it a soothing quality, but the narratives told aren't forgettable. "The Commodore's Compliments" describes the War of 1812, while "Miners and Mercy" pays homage to the Sisters of Mercy organization. The latter song has a few problems though, particularly when the band opts for a soft harmony instead of a louder, vibrant pitch. Singer and pianist Rob Ritchie gives a stellar performance on "The Garden," a song fitting the softer element of the group's dynamic. Storytelling is also quite strong here, especially on "Crashin' Down," a tune describing a tragic mountain slide in 1903. Only "Willow Dan" has the aura of being a mistaken arrangement, running out of steam around the song's middle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Borealis Recording
  • UPC: 773958114326
  • Catalog Number: 143
  • Sales rank: 200,459

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tanglefoot Primary Artist
Joe Grant Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Terry Young Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Al Parrish Bass, Vocals
Steve Ritchie Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Human Whistle
Rob Ritchie Piano, Accordion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Mills Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Paul LaChapelle Engineer
Jenny Wren Arranger
Bill Garrett Publishing Coordinator
Al Parrish Arranger
Tanglefoot Arranger
Steve Ritchie Producer, Artwork
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