about us

What is Twang?

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Twang Darkly plays original instrumental music — folk jazz fusions of modal mountain sounds, swampy roots rock, world beat, and extraterrestrial oddities — using dulcimer, electric gourd, guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica, upright bass, and drums. Additional material, including one-sheet overview and official photos are available in our press kit.

Find out more about how to book us or contact us. Come see us at an upcoming show.

Michael Futreal, founder of Twang Darkly and maintainer of this website, writes and performs original music on Appalachian dulcimer, chromatic "Martian" dulcimer, banjo, gourdtar, guitar, harmonica, flute, and suchlike. Michael is a resident of North Carolina who happens to live in Louisiana.
Joel Boultinghouse drives us with his big ol' string bass bass and, of course, does amazing things with his electric guitar.
Lane Bayliss is the most recent addition to Twang Darkly, joining us drummer as of summer of 2014.
Previous member Troy Messina, drummer and percussionist, left Twang in Summer 2014 to move on to greener pastures in Kentucky. We miss him!