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Gig review: Hungrytown at the Green Note, Camden, London

May 23, 2011 Comments: 0
Hungrytown

Hungrytown is on and offstage couple Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall who hail from rural Vermont. Their rustic sound at times resembles the stripped-down style of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The obvious danger with such a minimalist approach is that songs can blur together during the course of a set. Luckily, multi-instrumentalist Anderson lends an interesting variety to proceedings and the material is memorable enough to overcome such possible pitfalls.
 
Hungrytown played to their strengths; their organic harmonies were way out front and their sharing of the same microphone conveyed a real sense of folksy intimacy.
 
The duo’s present tour is in support of their new release, Any Forgotten Thing, and much of the Green Note material was taken from it. Set highlights included the magnificently memorable “Sally Lazy” and the poignant “Falling Star.” The audience were held in rapture by the astonishing, a capella “The Sweetest Flower,” the song that closes the album.
 
Throughout the show the harmonies never wavered, the music ebbed and flowed and the crowd was unanimous in its appreciation. Hungrytown are an accomplished act and well worth catching live before they depart these shores. 
 
Cate Mitchell
 


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