Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson return to town Thursday, Aug. 18 to perform as folk music duo Hungrytown at 7 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue. The Summer Concert Series at the Camden Public Library is free, thanks to support from the Maine Community Foundation and The First Bancorp. Concertgoers should bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating; the rain location is in the library’s Picker Room.

Hall and Anderson. They met and started dating in New York City in 1993 while Hall was singing torch songs in Soho bars and Anderson was a rock drummer. Three months later, they took a road trip together, a foreshadowing of trips to come, got married a year later and have been performing full-time since 2003, when they made the decision to quit their day jobs, move into a tiny house up in Vermont and head out into the vast unknown from there.

Hungrytown’s concerts consist of the couple’s original songs as well as timeless ballads from the Celtic and Appalachian traditions. Instrumentation consists of guitars, clawhammer banjo, mandolin and harmonica, as well as plenty of close harmony singing. When Hall and Anderson are not on the road, they spend their time at home recording their songs, producing CDs for other performers or just sitting out on the porch.

Hall learned to sing in church as a child and was an experienced interpreter of jazz and blues standards by the time she was in her 20s. Her discovery of roots music coincided with the reissue of the “Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music” in 1997, which inspired her to begin writing in earnest. She soon developed a reputation for simple, melodic and achingly beautiful songs, stirring modern themes into traditional song structures.

Anderson is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who learned to play drums and organ as a young child and has since moved on to bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. He also is a natural harmony singer, and his background in pop music is largely responsible for Hungrytown’s unique vocal blend. Anderson has produced all three of the duo’s CDs. His tasteful arrangements were soon singled out for praise and he began receiving requests from other performers looking for a caring and talented producer for their recording projects.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to