Cover Alert | Twiddle Works Phish Into Originals

Vermont jam act Twiddle are a band on the rise, who seem to play to bigger audiences each time they return to a city. Guitarist/vocalist Mihali Savoulidis shreds with the best of them and the quartet are an incredibly tight unit whose improvisational skills quite often leave jaws on the floor.

[Photo by Scott Harris]

Twiddle have a knack for working elements of other bands’ songs into their own originals (and a Bush cover) and have honored their Vermont brethren, Phish, a number of times. It’s a good way to engage those who are new to Twiddle’s reggae-meets-rock-in-the-jam-alley sound. We’ve compiled a handful of videos that show Twiddle working Phish tunes into their own songs, all courtesy of videographer SailinJerry.

First, let’s watch as Twiddle works not only “Farmhouse” into Bush’s “Glycerine,” but also Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” and “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show:

In this video, we see Twiddle mix “First Tube” into a version of “Latin Twang” that also includes elements of “Too Many Puppies” (Primus) and “The Joker” (Steve Miller Band):

Below, watch as Twiddle fits “Divided Sky” into their original “Gatsby The Great” with bits of “Big Country” (Bela Fleck) interspersed as well:

Finally, Twiddle has been known to cover “Harry Hood” in its entirety. Listen to an audience recording of the version the Vermonters laid down at Stratton Mountain back on August 23 thanks to taper Edmund Edwards: