My Sweet Patootie

My Sweet Patootie is an acoustic roots group from rural Ontario that brings twining vocal harmonies, monstrous fingerstyle guitar, sizzling fiddle, percussion and abundant charisma together in one perfect package. Their music is a tongue-in-cheek Canadian blend of old country, vintage jazz, western swing & blues.

Complete with tall tales and corny jokes it’s a modern-day Music Hall show that Driftwood Magazinedescribes as “two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy”. Terry Young and Sandra Swannell are skilled performers using a ditzy-like-a-fox approach to their craft. Carefully placed among the good-time finger-snapping tunes are their exquisite ballads, the heart-breaking gems of the show.

The band’s name “My Sweet Patootie” is a term of endearment popular in the 1920s and 30s meaning a “hot dame” or a “sassy sweetheart”. Several ragtime titles from the jazz-age reference the expression. More significantly for Young and Swannell is the 1928 song “Sweet Patootie Blues” by Arthur “Blind” Blake who was well known for his complex and intricate finger picking. Terry and Sandra, former members of the Canadian powerhouse group Tanglefoot, felt the term captured the vintage flavour of their music as well as the satirical edge of much of their song writing.

Their upcoming third release (October 2012), will be a Christmas album entitled “A Merry Little Christmas”. It will feature My Sweet Patootie’s with contributions from other musicians on Dobro, pedal steel, Celtic harp, cello, piano and horns.

The Kelowna Folk Club is pleased to present this very entertaining group as part of their Home Routes House Concert Series on October 26, 2012. It is part of the Home Routes House Concert series and will be held at 2754 Cameron Rd. West Kelowna. It is near the Royal Lepage arena so not very far for most of those on the Kelowna side to travel. Tickets are available at ABC Hobby & Shaver in Kelowna and Bering Music Centre in West Kelowna. For more info visit

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