My Sweet Patootie
Vintage swing, country blues, folk and ragtime collide in an uplifting and humorous show performed with tight vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity.
My Sweet Patootie embraces the fun that makes live music so intoxicating. With a sly wink and a grin, they draw you into a world of carnival barkers and nostalgic romantics; making you feel like you’re a part of it all. Shades of vintage swing, country blues, folk, and ragtime collide in an uplifting and humorous show performed with tight vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity. It’s a unique musical experience that transcends the borders of the acoustic-roots genre, promising to entertain music lovers of all kinds.
This dynamic trio features Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sandra Swannell on vocals and swing fiddle and singer-guitarist Terry Young whose flashy fingerpicking functions simultaneously as the group’s guitar and bass. Backed by drummer John Jackson in the UK.
Since 2007 My Sweet Patootie has been bringing communities together through positive and engaging performances with an emphasis on entertainment. They have released 4 full-length albums and tour regularly across Canada, the USA, and the UK.
The band’s name is 1920s slang, a term of endearment from North America meaning “hot dame” or “sassy sweetheart”. It captures the vintage flavour of the band’s music and the satirical edge in much of their songwriting. Several ragtime titles from the jazz-age reference the expression, as do the lyrics of “Everybody Loves My Baby” (1924) by Spencer Williams and Jack Palmer. More significantly for Young and Swannell is “Sweet Patootie Blues” (1928) by Arthur “Blind” Blake, who was well known for his complex and intricate finger picking.
Terry Young is described by Penguin Eggs as an “acoustic guitar god”. BBC critic James Harrox calls his playing “virtuosic”, while FATEA magazine describes it as “jaw dropping”. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist who toured from 1999 – 2009 with the group Tanglefoot, performing on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and pennywhistle.
Sandra Swannell is a classically trained violinist/ violist, but her style owes much more to the influences of Joe Venuti and Stephane Grappelli. Her diverse musical background ranges from recording with Canada’s legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors to writing a series of musical sketches for string orchestra. She was the principal violist of the Georgian Bay Symphony and fronted the Celtic art-rock band The Shards before joining the group Tanglefoot in 2005.
John Jackson evolved from a teenage drummer into a nightclub DJ in the South West of England and during the last 10 years has returned to his passion of drumming. John has an eclectic mix of musical inspiration, ranging from Genesis to Johnny Cash. His drumming experience includes everything from theatre pit work, to acoustic acts where he plays cajon, to rock and roll working with function bands.