Dynamic duo appear at the fishpond

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The Hut People are playing at The Fishpond in Matlock Bath tonight (Thursday).

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 folk/world acts touring today.

Taking the audience on a voyage across the globe with their varied material, they perform a hugely engaging, entertaining and truly unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed and embellished with the driving accordion and a dazzling array of exotic percussion.

Accordionist Sam Pirt and percussionist Gary Hammond both have extensive backgrounds in music, having been part of, and performed alongside, legendary acts such as The Beautiful South, Nina Simone, The Dubliners and Sharon Shannon, their playing is still very much in high demand.

Great music and virtuosity aside, a show from The Hut People is overflowing with humour, spontaneity and a 100 per cent commitment to their ‘getting-the-crowd-involved’ ethos.

The Hut People released their second full album Picnic on Fellside in April, supported with a nationwide tour.

Tickets are £8 and the gig is in the Ballroom from 8pm.

See www.thefishpondmatlockbath.co.uk for more details.

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