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The Black Twig Pickers


thrill jockey

lp + download

Released: 23rd Jul 2012

£12.99 £7.99

out of stock

the band take it to the dancefloor, offering long-form, highly rhythmic & deeply layered takes on traditional fiddle & banjo music.

joined by some of the musicians who frequent the southwest virginia square dance & flatfooting scene & by a troupe of accomplished feet percussionists, the twigs work up propulsive & mesmerising versions of 2 side-long songs. ‘merry mountain hoedown’ is an old-time rocker with duo fiddles sawing atop a careening bed of pounding feet & furiously locked-in banjo, guitars & bass, while ‘brushy fork of john’s creek’ wanders more spectral (but no less ferocious) territory, with washboard guitar & mouth harp guiding a long & shifting mix of clattering drones.



  1. Merry Mountain
  2. Hoedown
  3. Brushy Fork Of John’s
  4. Creek