TOP American folk duo Hungrytown open the autumn season at the Village Pump Folk Club in Trowbridge next month, when they play there on Friday, September 4.

Rebecca Hall and Ken 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, when a close friend, who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis, entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar, which has since been featured on all of their 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. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Rebecca Hall Sings! (2000) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.

The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, and their set in Trowbridge will include songs from their most recent album, Further West.

Doors open at the club on Mortimer Street, Trowbridge, at 7.30pm: for tickets call 01225 707346.