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Fri 22 Mar 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Theosophical Society Hall, 304 Church St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members: $10.00
  • Non-members: $15.00
  • Children: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: puckenator

The extremely talented singer / songwriter duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson enjoy an exalted reputation among genre fans as modern representatives of traditions-based folk music. Those fans are likely to be thrilled by ‘Any Forgotten Thing’, the second album by this couple who have been married since 1994, which once again features convincing melodies sung with angelic voices. This is hymn-like folk-pop filled with harmonies, sophisticated lyrics and dreamy fairy tales. The result is a delicate, airy sound that will delight any connoisseur.

Hungrytown leaves you wanting more:
You’ve heard the joke: the greatest songwriter of all time is Anonymous. But songs like "Long Black Veil" and "John Henry" didn’t spontaneously appear around a campfire somewhere on the Great Plains or on an Appalachian mountain trail: somebody actually wrote them. The songs on ‘Any Forgotten Thing’ have that kind of resonance. Rebecca and Ken have immersed themselves in classic American folk music to the point where they’ve been able to pick up where those regrettably anonymous songsters left off. This effort is rustic, yet in the moment: decades from now, if there’s anyone alive, Hall’s broodingly aphoristic (big word eh?) songs will be remembered as the folk music of the early part of the 21st century. Her nonchalantly lilting yet minutely nuanced vocals pack a quiet wallop, as does her casually purist tunesmithing, while Anderson’s elegant mandolin, percussion and harmonies match the subtlety of the songwriting. This isn’t the kind of music you hear at Starbucks although some of it might someday be played in the ruins of one.

Hungrytown are a throwback, but in a good way. They play what used to be called American folk music, folk music without the frills, folk with predominantly Irish and Scottish influences, but which nowadays would be filed under 'Americana'. Had they been around in the 1960s, you could imagine husband and wife duo, Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall, packing them into Greenwich Village clubs and coffee houses.

There's a simple, unadorned majesty to their songs that vividly recalls this era. Hall's alto is compelling, especially on 'Year Without A Summer' (set in 1816, when some parts of the north-eastern United States, already prone to cold winters, were snowed upon every month), 'Calliope', 'Falling Star' and the title track. Anderson, who accompanies her on a variety of instruments including accordion, banjo, glockenspiel and mandolin, complements Hall perfectly throughout. His finest moments can be heard on the aforementioned 'Calliope' and the utterly beguiling 'Sally Lazy'.

David Burke - R2 (Rock 'n' Reel) (Jul 1, 2011):
Simplicity is a gift in music, a fact well-appreciated by Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, collectively known as Hungrytown. The duo spends most of their time on the road, and spends their time at home together laying down new material to keep the fire going. Their latest effort, Any Forgotten Thing, plays like a collection of twelve classic folk and pop songs, but is entirely original and driven by the simple beauty of Rebecca Hall's alto and the sparse yet fulfilling arrangements crafted by Anderson.

Complimentary supper around 9pm.

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