Agnes on the Cowcatcher

Agnes on the Cowcatcher

by Tanglefoot Tanglefoot


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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: 08/20/2002
Label: Borealis Recording
UPC: 0773958114326
catalogNumber: 143
Rank: 170015


  1. Backyard Sailor
  2. Feu Follet
  3. The Commodore's Compliments
  4. Miners and Mercy
  5. Radioman
  6. Summer Ghosts
  7. Little Soldiers
  8. The Garden
  9. Crashin' Down
  10. Roll on Jamaica/Agnes on the Cowcatcher
  11. Willow Dan
  12. God Had a Plan
  13. The Midwife's Dance
  14. Our Field This Side of Heaven

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tanglefoot   Primary Artist
Joe Grant   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Vocals
Terry Young   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor Banjo
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
Parrish   Arranger
Tanglefoot   Arranger
Steve Ritchie   Producer,Artwork

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