This month The Hut People release their fourth studio album on the Fellside label entitled Routes. Tunes forging pathways and routes underground; across oceans and traversing motorways. Infectious melodies and foot-tapping rhythms packed into containers laden with grooves from South Africa, Quebec and across the globe; North, South, East and West. Paths taken were long and plenty, tunes plucked and worked on in disparate places. ‘Humours of Tulla’ was found in Belgium with their feet in a paddling pool; ‘Gumboot’, ‘The Cage’ and ‘Sweet Nightingale’ garnered after a visit to the Pitmen Painter’s exhibition in Durham. ‘The Whitby Drip’ pit patted into their heads after a visit to the loo at Whitby Pavilion, ‘Disfarces’ from a campsite in Beverley, ‘Dis Found Harmonium’ and ‘Polka Chinois’ from fire lit folk sessions and the delightful musical partnership of Wood/Cutting. ‘Fanta’ was created in a cupboard in Portugal, ‘The Maid’s Stomach’ bouncing with ‘Honking Pigs’ and ‘Brighton Camp’ with its nod to reggae and maypole dancing in Goole. ‘Dinkies’ was filtered and finished in a church in Bristol before they let Sam take them off to Sweden for a soft landing. Many paths trodden, much squeezing and hitting along the way, open the container and peer inside!
Champions of the standing ovation, The Hut People are rapidly gaining more and more of a reputation as one of the hottest and most entertaining world/folk acts touring today. Taking the audience on a voyage across the globe with their material, they perform a high-octane unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed and embellished with the driving accordion and a mind-boggling array of exotic percussion.
Accordionist Sam Pirt has performed as a member of 422 (previous Radio 2 Folk awards winners) and is a very experienced musician who is well established within the folk circuit. Sam has in the past performed alongside Kathryn Tickell, The Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Jez Lowe, Brian Finnegan, Brian McNeill and many others. He is also the founder of Ethno England.
Percussionist Gary Hammond has for the past 16 years recorded and toured with The Beautiful South. He has also worked with Nina Simone and has frequently been a part of many other groups and collaborations within the World, Jazz and Pop genres.
Their first studio album was released in January 2010 entitled Home Is Where The Hut Is and in 2012 their second album Picnic was released to critical acclaim and a raft of good reviews and much airplay. 2014 would see Cabinet Of Curiosities released, once again gaining rave reviews and plenty of airplay worldwide.
Their live show is like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty. This is high-octane feel-good music from a very likeable duo that have the ability to get the whole audience involved and loving it – before the end of the first tune!
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