My Sweet Patootie

My Sweet Patootie


Armed with nothing but fiddle, guitar and two voices, Canadian Folk Music Award recipients Terry Young & Sandra Swannell fuse countrified swing and Americana with tight harmonies, humorous song-writing & sophisticated musicianship. Folk & Music Exchange calls them "a world of string wizardry".


“An act that's two parts exemplary musicianship and one part vaudeville comedy.” (Binghampton Pressconnects)

Terry Young and Sandra Swannell make up this Canadian duo who take “elements of western swing and old timey music that updates the flapper feel and gives it a real twenty first century pizazz. Young and Swannell hit you with a delightful sound with a hundred years in it's soul." (FATEA Magazine). With a fiddle, guitar and two voices My Sweet Patootie connects with people through humour and their joy of music and live performance.

Terry and Sandra have been playing together since 2006. Both are former members of retired Canadian Folk Music Award winning roots group Tanglefoot. While their swing style is a complete departure from Tanglefoot’s traditional sound, their stage show is packed with the same energy, wit and humour.

Although Sandra Swannell is a classically trained violin & violist, her style owes much more to folk, jazz and blues. Her diverse musical background ranges from recording with Canada’s legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors to writing a series of musical sketches for string orchestra during her tenure as principal violist of the Georgian Bay Symphony. Terry Young’s dexterity and aggressive approach to finger-style guitar is described as “virtuosic” by BBC critic James Harrox, and “jaw dropping” by Folk & Music Exchange. Terry is a classically trained tenor and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Since 2010, My Sweet Patootie has performed over 100 shows including theatres and festivals in Ontario, an Eastern seaboard tour through New York, Pennsylvania & Virginia, 2 Midwest tours including Mitch Podolak’s Manitoba HomeRoutes Tour, and a month long tour of England. They were guests on Rich Warren's nationally-syndicated WFMT Chicago “FolkStage” live-radio concert and WVBR Ithaca NY's “Bound-for-Glory” and released their second album, “Patootified!”.


Influences: Chet Atkins, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Lyle Lovett
Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti, Merle Travis, Andrew
Sisters, Hank Williams, Johnny Gimble,
Hot Club de Paris

Here's the "buzz"

“Musical mayhem expertly played and executed by two outstanding musicians who no doubt will paint a grin on the longest faces with their good humoured and quirky songs.”
Shining Friends Roots Music England

"Sandra’s seriously quicksilver flamboyance totally complements Terry’s flashily dextrous fingerpicking; they’re simply amazing, in other words!"

"You hear their positive happiness shine all over the place".
Eelco Schilder, FolkWorld

“These were musicians embracing the fun that makes music one of the greatest forces in our lives, even interspersing Flight of the Bumblebee or Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy into their own tunes. What impressed me most was just watching the two of them happily lose themselves in the music, then letting the audience in on their many lyrical gags with a sly wink and a grin that lets you feel an equal part of the whole thing. ”
Aaron Stewart, "Keeps Me Alive" Online forum


Patootified! Album

Written By: Young & Swannell

Nowheresville Album

Written By: Young & Swannell


Patootified-2010 EBR 102
Produced by My Sweet Patootie & Bryan Weirmier
"Patootified!" takes elements of western swing and old timey music that updates the flapper feel and gives it a real twenty first century pizazz. Young And Swannell hit you with a delightful album with a hundred years in it's soul.
FATEA Magazine

Nowheresville- 2008 EBR 101
Produced by Ken Whiteley
"a world of string wizardry"- Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME)

Set List

My Sweet Patootie performs as a duo with shared lead & harmony vocals,
violin and finger style guitar.

Our full concert format consists of two 45-50 minute sets of original material
and carefully chosen covers including a 40's swing style version of Pat
Benatar's Hit Me With Your Best Shot and the vintage jazz standard
Polkadots & Moonbeams.

We use a light hearted satirical approach to our song writing as a
vehicle to explore life in rural and small town Ontario. Our artistic objective
is to create songs that showcase our instrumental prowess in a
folk country-jazz influenced style. Our music is meticulously
crafted, while maintaining its intended cheeky sophistication.

The show is upbeat and the storytelling is given as much care as the
music delivering a polished, completely entertaining and memorable
live concert.