HUNGRYTOWN (USA): Vermont duo with “a deliciously off-kilter psychedelic folk edge”

Date/Time Sun 11 Sep 2016 7:45 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 booking fee; On The Door - £10


After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Hungrytown have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting: Lyricist Rebecca Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots).

Hall and Anderson met in New York City, where they had already been performing regularly – Hall as a jazz singer, and Anderson as a drummer for a variety of garage bands. Their introduction to folk music came later, when a close friend – who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis – entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar (which has since been featured on all of their albums). Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.

TwickFolk friend Jeni Hankins (Jeni & Billy) is a fan: “There were many times that my hair stood on end while listening to Further West” (their latest CD). Here’s a track from that album, recorded at the BBC last year: