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HungryTown, Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, Thursday, May 26, 8pm. Tickets £8.

PERFORMING at monthly Rothbury Roots gig, Hungrytown – Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson – will be showcasing their second album, Any Forgotten Thing.

The CD features 12 original tracks, recorded entirely in the couple’s home studio, affectionately known as Song Catcher, over a two-month break between tours.

“It’s appropriate that this CD was recorded at home because it’s our house and our struggle to maintain it that provided the inspiration for this album,” said Rebecca.

Married in 1994, by late 2003 Rebecca and Ken were ready to embark on their new lives as full-time musicians, moving from their office day jobs and a towering apartment in lower Manhattan to a creaking little house in the hills of southern Vermont.

Before too long, the roof leaked, the porch sagged and their tiny home seemed about ready to tumble off its fieldstone foundations.

“We realised that in many ways, houses are like people, that without care, attention and patience, they are in danger of falling into disrepair,” Ken said, “which provided the metaphor for the album’s title track.”

Though a common thread weaves through Any Forgotten Thing, each song has been written, arranged and recorded as a self-supporting entity.