Hungrytown 7/22/08



Rebecca Hall & Ken Anderson

with Suzanne Mueller, cello

Free concert at the Bay Shore Band Shell

Tuesday July 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM

This year, the Islip Arts Council celebrates its milestone 32nd season of presenting fine music in its Free Concert Series. On July 22nd, 2008 at 12:30 PM, the acclaimed songwriters Hungrytown will be performing in the Band Shell at Dr. King’s Park, Main Street , Bay Shore as part of the free Tuesday Brown Bag lunchtime concerts. Further information can be found about them by logging onto their website

“Hungrytown, the handle for husband-wife duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, purvey a down-home sound with flair. Cast with fiddles, mandolins, banjos, bluegrass and balladry, their self-titled debut dwells in rustic environs. In fact, Hungrytown’s music offers such an aura of Americana —in titles and tunes—it could be easily mistaken for traditional transcripts. Hall channels the graceful, reassuring presence of Judy Collins and Sandy Denny, while Anderson ’s lithe arrangements provide spare but tasteful support. It’s an unassuming offering that could very well put this Hungrytown on the map.” Lee Zimmerman, Performing Songwriter

A true rarity, new folk classicist Rebecca Hall has developed a reputation for writing timeless songs that echo the folk tradition, conjuring images from ancient ballads of Britain and Appalachia . Accompanied by her husband Ken Anderson, the old-school arrangements and 60s-era pop harmonies are an altogether new, yet curiously familiar style they have dubbed “retro-folk”. These Vermonters have a penchant for spare, heart-felt simplicity that predates the current rage of delving into folk chestnuts, and which transcends modern songcraft. Rebecca is an award-winning songwriter whose two previous solo albums were released to much critical acclaim. She has been dubbed “a new folk classicist” by the Boston Herald. Ken is a roots music visionary, and a self-tutored scientist of pop culture, who deftly combines disparate elements–the keening wail of a ’60s folk harmonica, a rushing creek of bubbling Appalachian fingerpicking, a heartstring-tugging oboe and even a string trio, to create the seamless musical fabric woven only in Hungrytown.

Rebecca has garnered a fan in the legendary founder of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn, who said, “I love the sound of Rebecca Hall’s voice. There’s a sweetness and a worldly wisdom, in perfect balance.”

Together with folk-pop icons the Kennedys and Chris Thompson, Rebecca and Ken are also members of the Strangelings, a popular folk jam band. Their debut CD, Season of the Witch, features three songs penned by Rebecca. The Strangelings were a headlining main stage act at the 2007 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and will be headliners again in 2008.

Respected Long Island cellist Suzanne Mueller – who appeared on their CD Sunday Afternoon – will be performing with the duo, adding an emotional layer to the mix.

The Islip Arts Council is proud to present Hungrytown as part of the Free Tuesday Brown Bag Concerts in the Bay Shore Band Shell at Dr. King’s Park, Main Street, Bay Shore , on Tuesday, July 22nd at 12:30 PM. The concert area is handicapped accessible, and concertgoers should bring their own chairs, and are encouraged to bring lunch.

Admission to the concert is free.

Call (631) 224-5420 or e-mail for info.

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