Charisma abounds from My Sweet Patootie

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My Sweet Patootie, from Canada, will be the guests of Montrose Folk Club at the final concert of the current season on Friday, May 31.

The band bring together in one perfect package superb vocal harmonies, monstrous fingerstyle guitar, sizzling fiddle, percussion and abundant charisma.

Complete with tall tales and corny jokes, a concert by My Sweet Patootie is a modern-day Music Hall show that Driftwood Magazine describes as “two parts exemplary musicianship and one part Vaudeville comedy”. The folk roots cum country blues and vintage jazz sound of the band is heavily influenced by the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, The Andrews Sisters, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams.

The members of My Sweet Patootie are multi instrumentalist and singer, Terry Young, fiddler and signer, Sandra Swannell, and Bradford Nowak on percussion and trumpet.

Terry and Sandra both played in Canadian folk-roots powerhouse Band, Tanglefoot. After Tanglefoot retired from touring in 2007, Terry and Sandra originally started My Sweet Patootie as a duo. Both Terry and Sandra are Canadian Folk Music Award winners with a classical music background and a mutual love of swing, Americana and country blues.

Sandra is a classically trained violinist but her style owes much more to the influences of Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith and Stephane Grappelli. Bradford Nowak joined the band in 2012. His background in jazz and funk was a perfect fit for the bass driven guitar style of Terry and the driving swing of the band.

My Sweet Patootie have performed hundreds of shows throughout Canada and USA. Their 2013 tour is the first upon which they have visited Scotland, although they have previously played two month long tours of England.

The appearance by My Sweet Patootie will be the last concert at Montrose Folk Club before an earlier than usual summer break since the club is also resuming earlier with an appearance on Tuesday, July 30, by Miranda Sykes, of leading English band, Show of Hands, accompanied by Rex Preston.

Everyone is welcome on Friday for an evening of great music and vocals. My Sweet Patootie will be on stage at 8 p.m. at the Links Hotel, Montrose, doors open at 7.30 p.m.