The Black Twig Pickers
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.
- Merry Mountain
- Brushy Fork Of John’s