Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life

by Mike & Cara Gangloff

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about

Our first album, recorded in the winter of 2013-14 mostly at Joe Dejarnette's farmhouse studio.

"Splitting the difference between their acoustic drone outfit Pelt and the more traditional Appalachian string music of their combo The Black Twig Pickers, Mike and Cara Gangloff’s Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life does the hard work of redemption in the darkest of modes. ... This is gospel music in the theological sense, an attempt to not only pluck bodies from the soil but harmony from dissonance, familiar melody from random noise."
-- Aquarium Drunkard

"But the thing about ghosts, see, is they never quite go away. They creep in under the door and through the open window. They reappear in dreams. They pace the unconscious. And sometimes a group of outsiders are just brave or crazed enough to mould these old traces into new forms, creating something simultaneously fresh and ancient, out of time, sun-bright but with shadows on the horizon, young as the greenwood and as old as the stars that look down upon it."
-- Pops Margree, We Need No Words

credits

released April 1, 2014

Mike Gangloff: Fiddle, banjo, hurdy gurdy, sruti box, singing
Cara Gangloff: Hurdy gurdy, sruti box, bouzouki, singing
with
Joe Dejarnette: bass
Charlie Andersen: fiddle, feet, sruti box and singing
Sharon Stacy: singing
and on David's Lamentation, the Hallway Spiritualizers

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Mike & Cara Gangloff Ironto, Virginia

Mike -- fiddler, banjoist, longtime sonic voyager with Pelt, Black Twig Pickers and more;

Cara -- jazz-singing folk-strummer who put music aside for a few decades to focus on the rest of life...then picked it back up when she met Mike;

Together: A peculiar and personal blend of the traditional and the much less so; incantation plus improvisation = joy
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