Stylish songs, stunning arrangements, great musicianship – and those massive vocal harmonies – all delivered with good humor and a sense of fun.
That’s what former Tanglefoot–and now R-P-R — fans look forward to when this re-connected Canadian band comes to the Oswego Music Hall stage at 8 p.m. Saturday Jan. 11.
Rob Ritchie, Al Parrish and Steve Ritchie rocked the folk/roots music scene as the rhythm section of Tanglefoot until a few years back.
They developed a remarkable presence with their bold sound and hard-working tour schedule and earned a loyal following throughout Canada, the United States and Great Britain.
After the iconic Canadian “superband” TANGLEFOOT retired in 2009, Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish and Rob Ritchie branched out in different directions, writing, broadcasting and solo performing.
Now, as veteran musicians in their new band configuration — RPR — they, along with their master percussionist Beaker Granger, are stretching their wings musically.
Together they create a memorable experience for their audiences with arresting music, stories, laughter and reminiscence. Their shows are studies in contrast: light and shade, irreverent and poignant, music that’s gentle as a whisper and then rampantly energetic.
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 humor, the trademark harmony, chemistry, and impact . . . are all there, according to reviews of the band’s concerts.
The Beat Magazine (March 2013) wrote “They sing raucously and passionately with big stirring harmonies. . . . at times with roaring vigour, at other [times] with sparse intensity, creating many moods. . . songs full of humour, pathos and love.” R-P-R’s song subjects derive largely from history, especially Canadian history.
Check out R-P-R’s music at http://www.ritchie-parrish-ritchie.com/ Then come to enjoy a live musical treat at the Oswego Music Hall Jan. 11.
The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. The atmosphere is intimate with candlelit tables surrounding a small stage.
Desserts, snacks, popcorn and beverages are available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased on line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.
Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.
Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.
Season Passes and All-Season Passes also are available and may be purchased at any show. For information contact membership secretary Carol Forrest at 343-2988.
The Music Hall’s next concert Jan. 25 will be a double billing, featuring singer/songwriters Honor Finnegan and Anna Dagmar, two New York city talents who will complement each other in fascinating ways.
The Music Hall has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception, for more than 36 years. Music Hall concerts are made possible in part with funding by the NYS Council on the Arts.
For more information call 342-1733 or visit the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/