Two mainstays of iconic Canadian folk/roots band Tanglefoot will team up for an evening of music, stories, reminiscence and laughter at the Minto Arts Council’s next Basement Café.
Rob and Steve Ritchie will headline the show, set for Saturday, June 11 in the basement of the Harriston branch of the Wellington County Library. Opening the show, which begins at 8 p.m., will be up-and-coming local performer, Ryan Brownrigg.
Rob Ritchie is probably best known from his days as the piano player with the Canadian folk-roots powerhouse Tanglefoot. From 1996 to 2002, his signature keyboard stylings were an integral aspect of the group’s sound, and many of his songs still rank among Tanglefoot’s most recognizable, including Seven a Side, McCurdy’s Boy, The Garden, Minnie’s Lullaby and the bitterly powerful, Buxton.
Rob’s performing credentials extend back to the early 1990s when he wrote, produced and toured musical theatre throughout Ontario. He has also penned three stage plays, a short story collection and is currently shopping his first novel to prospective publishers. Rob lives in Wiarton, Ontario with his wife Ande and two boys, Josh and Toby.
Rob and Steve were raised near Owen Sound, Ontario on the family farm. His father sang bass, his mother was a music teacher and choir director, and choral music was a permanent feature of life.
Steve’s parents bought him his first toy drum when he was two, and reportedly spent most of the next 20 years wishing they hadn’t. Although he took piano lessons, sang in church and school choirs and played double bass in the high school orchestra, drums and rock & roll were always first on the list, and the old farmhouse shook.
After moving to Toronto in 1981, Steve apprenticed as a recording engineer, an experience that provided a good deal of up-close exposure to the world of recording, arranging and producing music. He also dabbled in civilian life for a time, writing ad copy for the Sears Canada catalogue.
In the summer of 1988 he moved to Peterborough, Ontario and joined Tanglefoot. The next 21 years were spent creating, performing, recording, touring, laughing, crying and exploring with some of the most talented, inspiring and generally excellent people anywhere.
Among his musical influences he lists Joe Grant, Led Zeppelin, Stan Rogers, Benjamin Britten and John Rutter. His tastes generally tend toward the dramatic, something he attributes to having a restless nature.
In May of 2010 Steve embarked on a new venture as co-host of the Hundred Mile Music Show, a grassroots-oriented radio program.
He and his family live near Owen Sound in a house owned and operated solely for the comfort and convenience of their dog.
For more information on the Basement Café or the Minto Arts Council go to www.mintoartscouncil.ca