Fiddler Mike Gangloff plays free Appalachian music that includes melodic composition, improvisation and traditional tunes learned from older players around his home in Southwest Virginia. A founder of longtime improv drone unit Pelt and old-time rowdies Black Twig Pickers, Mike often performs solo on hardanger-style and octave fiddles. His most recent solo album is "Evening Measures," with a follow-up presently in the works. A new collaborative album with improv duo Elkhorn, "Shackamaxon Concert," has just been released by VHF Records, and another collaboration, with UK guitarist C Joynes, is due out later this year.
"Liam Grant is a New England guitarist with a punk ethos, cut from the American Primitive cloth. The restless guitar explorations, modal epics, and driving uptempo rags recall the likes of Grant's pedagogue, Takoma Records, and the path that was paved by his forebears John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Peter Walker and later Glenn Jones, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Jack Rose, and others.
Bridging that past Grant evokes the pith of the landscape in which he was raised. Personal instrumental memoirs and ruminations on the banks of the Merrimack River. Amoskeag. And the place where the waters flow around it. Salmon tails up the falls and black pearls from the river. The exodus to Stratton-Eustis and the Last Night on the Dead River before the great flood.
"Although only 23 years old, Liam’s become a leading force in a much needed third wave revival of American Primitive music. Despite his age, Liam’s the very definition of 'an old soul' and while he draws on a wide variety of contemporary influences, he also channels a comprehensive history of the blues as well as a deeper energy that informs both his playing and songwriting." -- Rob Vaughn, Portland, Oregon – July 2023
Will Veeder w/ Joe Tunis
Will Veeder is a multi-instrumentalist, but primarily sticks to guitar. Lately, he’s been delving deep into acoustic finger-picking guitar, while keeping with his unique vocal styling. Will spent his 20’s in the indie rock band Muler and then went on to lead the Americana-style indie/psych rock group Hinkley, who released 6 full-length releases, most of which were also released by Carbon Records.
RIYL Six Organs of Admittance, John Fahey, Sandy Bull.