The Hut People

An Infectious Blend of Folk Music from Around the World

Meet the band

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People have over the last 3 years proved to be one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show 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.

Accordionist Sam Pirt & 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 & Sharon Shannon, their playing is still very much in high demand.

This is high-octane feel-good music from a very likeable duo who have the ability to get the whole audience involved and loving it – before the end of the first tune!

a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” R2


“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” SONGLINES

     “This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.” 

Gary hammond- percussion

 "I have been playing for longer than I care to remember. I started out tapping my knees and moved onto my chest and cheeks until I could afford to buy myself a pair of bongos. It was much less painful. I am still collecting percussion and must have over 400 different types of instruments. Virtually every tune we play has a particular sound or rhythm to it. I am self taught and have learnt by creatively borrowing things I have heard.

I live in Hull, having moved here in 1995 after joining The Beautiful South as a session musician. I was very lucky to have travelled the world with them. I was also very lucky to have played with the late Nina Simone. On my percussive journey I have played most genres of music and all these different styles inform and influence the sound of The Hut People. My musical beginnings were jazz and world music and now Sam has opened up my aural world to planet Folk where I feel very much at home. It's so exciting discovering all this great home based music."

sam pirt accordion

Sam Pirt plays the Piano Accordion and comes from Goole in Yorkshire. Sam's early bands included Soup Dragon and The Barleycorn Band, where he first played with Ian Stephenson (422, KAN).

He met guitarist David Wood (of CrossCurrent) at Folkworks, and they formed their duo AAAAG in 1996. 

Sam was a member of the first English group to go to the Ethno Folk Camp in 1996, as a result of which he developed a huge interest in music from all around the world. Having been back to Ethno with 422 in 2000 and 2001, Sam was asked to be an Artistic Leader at Ethno the following three years. In 2004 Sam realized his dream of founding his own version of Ethno in England, which has since gone from strength to strength.

422 is another band which Sam plays in and they first came together in 1999 after winning the the BBC Radio Two Young Folk award. Since that time they have toured Sweden, Germany and played at Tonder, Cambridge and Sidmouth Festival. They have also released three albums on Fellside records.

At some point along the way Sam bumped into Gary (at a bonfire actually) when they were both working on a project together.  A few years later they at last managed to have a jam and so The Hut People were born!  They have since gone from strength to strength; with highlights including being voted Number 1 at the Musicports Festival poll two years running, a record deal with Fellside Recordings and generally going down well wherever they play.