The best of folk at Wainsgate

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The Wainsgate Chapel series continues this weekend with a much anticipated gig by ex-Tanglefoot members RPR (Ritchie, Parrish, Ritchie) – one of the best folk bands on either side of the Atlantic.

For years, Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish and Rob Ritchie rocked the UK folk music scene as the rhythm section of the Canadian powerhouse band Tanglefoot who amongst many other accolades, won the Best Vocal Group category at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

In 2009 during their final UK tour, Tanglefoot memorably performed at the Hebden Bridge Picture House as part of that year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Now the three best friends, along with percussionist/singer/songwriter Beaker Granger, are back for their second UK tour as RPR with a sound that reflects Tanglefoot’s musical legacy but with a much broader canvas.

Their songs, storytelling, wit and high-spirited stage presence bubble over with that same combination of high enthusiasm and personality that made Tanglefoot famous the world over.

“I thought that Tanglefoot were utterly brilliant when they played here seven years ago”, said concert organiser Dave Nelson. “And I know that RPR will deliver in exactly the same way, They’re the real deal!”

The concert on Sunday, May 22 starts at 3pm. Tickets only available at the door, cost £10 and £8 and £3 for U18s.

The nextconcert is on June 19 and features Mancunian folk-roots quintet Project Jam Sandwich. More info at