Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson – otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown are back on the road this autumn and winter.
After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Hall and Anderson have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting.
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. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Rebecca Hall Sings! (2000) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. 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.
They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown’s music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel’s hit series, Portlandia.
Thurs 1. The Sunflower Public House, 65 Union Street Belfast, N. Ireland BT1 2JG
Tel: 028 9023 2474 Tickets: £5.00 — From 9:00 p.m.
Fri 2. Village Arts Centre, The Square Kilworth, Co Cork Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)87 678 0183 Tickets €15 — From 8:15 p.m.
Thurs 8. Black Swan Folk Club, Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR
Tel: 01904 632922 Tickets: £9.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Fri 9. The Mackenzie Hall Brockweir, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales NP16 7NW
Tel: 01291 689910 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sat 10. Parlour Concerts Manor Farm, Somerton Road, Ardley, Oxford OX27 7NS
Tel: +44 (0)1869 345689 Tickets £14.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sun 11. Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch Pub, 67 London Road, Twickenham, Middx TW1 3SZ
We Got Tickets Tickets £10:00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Wed 14. Lee Rosy’s Tea, 17 Broad Street, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 3AJ
Doors 7:00 p.m.
Fri 16. Ceòl Cholasa Festival Scalasaig, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, Scotland PA61 7YW
Tel: 01951 200336 See website for tickets & times (Hungrytown 3:00 p.m.)
Sat 17. Ceòl Cholasa Festival, Scalasaig, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, Scotland PA61 7YW
Tel: 01951 200336 See website for tickets & times (Hungrytown 7:00 p.m.)
Thur 22. Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club, Polish Ex-servicemen’s Club, Bennochy House, Forth Park Drive, Kirkcaldy, Scotland KY2 5TA
Tel: +44 (0)1592 643582 Tickets £10.00 – Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 23. Gala Theatre Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA
Tel: 03000 266600 Tickets: £12.00 – Doors 7:30 p.m.
Mon 26. Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night, Barnsley Trades Club lounge, Racecommon Rd, Barnsley SYK S70 6AA
Tel: 07803 049 856 Tickets £5.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Wed 28. The Willows Folk Club Willows Catholic Club, Bryning Fern Lane, Kirkham, Nr Preston, Lancs PR4 2BQ
Tel: 01253 640595 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 8:30 p.m.
Thur 29. Rothbury Roots, The Queens Head, Rothbury, Northumberland NE65 7SR
Tel: 01669 620470 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Sat 1. The Ship Inn Low Newton by-the-Sea, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 3EL
Tel: +44 (0)1665 576262 Admission Free — From 8:30 p.m.
Fri 7. Ulverston Live Music, Ulverston Sports Club, Priory Rd, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 9HT
Tel: 07749 827488 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Sat 8. The Green Man Gallery Hardwick Square, South Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6PY
Tel: +44 (0)1298 937375 Tickets £8.00 – From 7:00 p.m.
Mon 10. Boston Folk Club, The Eagle, 144 West St, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 8RE
Tel: 01205 361116 Tickets £5.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Wed 12. Lunchtime Recital Series @ Parish Church of St. Luke Sevenoaks
St Luke’s House, 30 Eardley Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1XT
Admission Free — From 12 Noon (Midday Concert)
Wed 12. The Anchor 32 London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1AS
Tel: 01732 454898 Admission free — From 8:00 p.m. (Evening Concert)
Fri 14. Clifford’s Mesne Village Hall Clifford’s Mesne, Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1JN
Tel: 01531 821654 Doors 7:30 PM
Sat 15. Oxenhall Parish Hall, Kempley Road, Oxenhall, Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1RN
Tel: 01531 821354 Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 21. Valley Folk Club, The Ivy Bush Hotel, 103 High St, Pontardawe, Wales SA8 4JN
Tel: 01792 425231 Tickets £6.00 –Doors 8:00 p.m.