Folk duo pauses nat’l tour for Kilgore show Saturday


Signed, sealed, soon to be delivered: some local music aficionados are bringing the folk duo Hungrytown to the Old Post Office Saturday night for a no-cost, open-door concert in the midst of the pair’s national tour.

According to co-organizer Mark Lane, two 45-minute sets by Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson will kick-off at 7 p.m. Jan. 12.

“All are welcome – the concert is free,” Lane added. “The costs are being covered by a couple of folks that simple love finely-crafted, artful music. They love it even more when shared with others in a great space like the Old Post Office.”

As Hungrytown, Hall and Anderson strive for a reputation of quality and authenticity in their songwriting.

From the folkband’s bio, “Since quitting their boring desk jobs in 2003, the duo split their time between the green hills of Vermont and traveling as full-time musicians.”

According to the Jan. 12 concert’s organizers, the Hungrytown’s show this weekend is free and open to the public – donations will be appreciated, primarily to help offset costs of renting the South Kilgore Street venue and to set the stage for similar events in the future.

The pair released a self-titled first album in 2008, following up with “Any Forgotten Thing” three years later. Most recently, “Further West” was released in 2015, netting a top 10 spot on the American Folk DJ Charts for two months and finishing the year on 14 “Best of” lists.

The couple spends more than half the year on the road – North America, Europe, New Zealand – as their music precedes them in worldwide radio airplay. Songs have been feature on several television shows as well, including “The Daily Show,” “Portlandia” and “Lady Dynamite.”

Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation has been steadily renovating the Old Post Office for more than 15 years, and Reel East Texas Film Festival’s staffers offered an additional burst of energy in the project the past year-and-a-half.

A laid-back night of music, Saturday evening’s concert is a bring-your-own-beverage event, and co-host Mitch Moehring hopes locals will bring their instruments as well for an after-show jam session.

For Lane, it’s an ideal setting for Hungrytown’s folk ambience.

“We are hoping for that small, intimate, coffeehouse vibe.”

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