There is a new Rhythm & Blues Group in Saugeen
Shores with an unusual name ... "The Sapsuckers".
The group that began only 10 months ago is already making a name for
itself playing in local pubs throughout Southampton, Port Elgin and
Their story began late last summer, when Tyler Baumbach and Tyler
Pantlin of Southampton and Gregg and
Gabriel Ritchie and Stacey John, all of Saugeen First Nation, decided to
jam one day in Gregg Ritchie's backyard.
As the saying goes "the rest is
The next hurdle for the group was to come up with a name. While looking
through a bird book, the name 'Yellow Bellied Sapsucker' jumped off the
page -- and that was it. They decided to call themselves "The
Father and son, Gabriel and Gregg Ritchie play guitar along with Tyler
Baumbach while Tyler Pantlin plays the harmonica, sings and takes on the
role of the front man. Stacey John, the only female in the group, plays
Gregg Ritchie is a student at Saugeen District Secondary School and
Stacey John is the Director of Saugeen First Nation's Recreation Centre.
The Sapsuckers' next appearances are:
May 31 Wismer House -- Port Elgin
June 14 Walker House -- Southampton
June 20 Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival -- Barrie
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