Folk duo ‘Hungrytown’ performs at library

Jul 11, 2023

When people think of a library, live music may not be the first to come to mind. For Hungrytown, a folk duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, performing in libraries has become their “niche.”

The married musical pair have performed full-time for 20 years and have found their place in libraries and village halls.

“Libraries are almost like a small theatre – you have a quiet venue and people are there to listen,” said Anderson.

Traveling far from their home in Vermont, the duet has ventured to Europe, New Zealand and all over North America.

Hungrytown added Wareham to their list of venues on Monday, June 10 with a performance at the Wareham Free Library.

Hall and Anderson began to pursue folk music full-time after quitting their desk jobs in 2003 and have been touring since.

“We always had this passion for music, and we thought, ‘If we don’t do this now it’s never going to happen,’” said Hall.

Hall sang and played acoustic guitar throughout the set, with Anderson often accompanying on vocals. In addition, Anderson played the mandolin and banjo – even playing harmonica while fingerpicking on his guitar.

“It’s not a talent. It’s a skill,” said Anderson, about playing the harmonica. “Once you’ve got it, you’ve got it.”

Hungrytown performed many original songs, including “Calliope,” “Falling Star” and “November Song” for their audience.

“There truly aren’t many venues anymore to see live music for free,” said Patrick Marshall, director of the Wareham Free Library. “There is so much talent in this area and beyond, and it’s great to bring it to the town.”