Well I must admit that I’d never heard of them. I hadn’t a clue who the Hut People were. Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond were an unknown group sandwiched between Edwina Hayes, Eliza Carthy and Michael Chapman so I did not quite know what to expect. Whatever I might have imagined it certainly wasn’t what I got. They were an unexpected delight! I have rarely come across anything quite so strange innovative and interesting. They immediately grabbed your attention and held it with their unique and wacky approach. It is almost impossible to explain in words.
The Hut People consists of a percussionist and accordion player with a bit of strange Step Dancing and slapping thrown in. They do original compositions using rhythms gathered from all corners of the planet with Folk Songs as their basis. I have never seen such an array of weird percussion instruments and never heard such peculiar, and highly effective sounds. Somehow the strange percussive instruments, weird sounds and the accordion gelled together to create a unique and captivating sound. It was varied and never failed to hold your attention. There was as much of a visual element as musical and their personalities shone through.
Then there’s the Step Dancing complete with slapping! Not seen anything quite like that either!
I’d certainly go out of my way to see them again. They were enthralling.