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West Townshend locals Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson make up Hungrytown.

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Hungrytown returns to Jamaica Town Hall

JAMAICA—The folk duo Hungrytown returns to the historic Jamaica Town Hall on Thursday, June 21.

After more than a decade of touring world-wide, and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting. Lyricist Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).

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, from a close friend who entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk 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.

The show, hosted by the Jamaica Community Arts Council, will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and a suggested donation of $10. The Council will be hosting additional bands through the fall on the third Thursday of each month.

For more information, go to www.JamaicaCommunityArts.org or Hungrytown.net.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #463 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018). This story appeared on page B3.

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