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 and folk acts touring today.

Taking the audience on a voyage across the globe, they perform a blend of homegrown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, well formed and embellished with driving accordion and a mind boggling array of exotic percussion.

Accordionist Sam Pirt is an extremely experienced musician who is well established within the folk circuit. Sam has performed alongside Kathryn Tickell, The Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Jez Lowe, Brian Finnegan, Brian McNeill and many others. His kindred spirit, percussionist Gary Hammond, has recorded and toured with The Beautiful South. He has also worked with Nina Simone and has been a part of many other groups and collaborations within world, jazz and pop genres.

A show from The Hut People brims with spontaneity, plenty of hilarious patter and a 110 per cent commitment to their getting-the-crowd-involved ethos.

Sam and Gary are Music in Ulpha's next guests, playing at the Browfoot Room in the Duddon Valley on Saturday, February 9 (7.30pm).

Music in Ulpha continues on March 30 with Harp and a Monkey, the electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming).

Tickets are available at Ulpha Post Office, Broughton Post Office or on 019467-23277.

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