The Hunts are an indie-folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Virginia. Driven by a passion for creating compelling music, these seven brothers and sisters bring to the stage an amazing chemistry and powerful presence. Having been instilled with a love of music from a very young age, all seven Hunts are phenomenally talented vocalists and multi-instrumentalists. Their songs are meticulously driven by violin, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion, ukulele and piano, and rounded out with crisp harmonies.
The Hunts have completed 7 U.S. tours, including performances in 42 states, and traveled worldwide for over 10 years. In November of 2012, they released their newest album, We Were Young, featuring 10 original songs. The album's first track, "Make This Leap," started receiving airplay from key market radio stations almost immediately after the album's release and was picked up by Milk-Bone for a national commercial in May of 2013. The Hunts are honored to have been selected for Taco Bell's 2013 "Feed the Beat" roster. In July 2013, The Hunts signed a 6-album deal with CherryTree Records, a label under the umbrella of Interscope Records.
"Just wanted to send you a quick note to say the entertainment provided for our holiday party on Saturday, December 11th was terrific!! Our group absolutely LOVED the Hunt Family. They were exactly what I was looking for and I would strongly recommend them. What a delightful family."
"Working with the Hunt Family was incredible! They are one of the easiest groups of performers that I have ever worked with and they are sooooo nice! We had a great response for us... I think it might be our biggest show of the year."
"Last Monday was fabulous! SO many children and parents have approached me about how wonderful the Hunts are...of course, that isn't news to me. I just want to especially thank you for making it all happen. Everyone wants them back as soon as possible!"
"Just delightful! Our audience thoroughly enjoyed them and they were just wonderful to work with! I had several audience members ask me when we were bringing them back."
Roanoke Island Festival Park
"Everything went wonderfully with the Hunt Family.They are so sweet & easy to work with-excellent performers-I loved every minute. They were interactive & fun.The audience loved them as well. The workshop was equally spectacular. Every participant had nothing but good things to say. I'd definitely bring them back and recommend them to others!"
Performing Arts Series
Town of Cary Cultural Arts Division
"I was very pleased with the family and their show. They were great to work with and we got great feedback about them on our website. I would definitely recommend them to others."
Commerce Bank Amphitheatre
"We received nothing but favorable and great reviews on your performance at Kena Shrine Center for our Charity Event...Thanks for making it a success for the Shriner Hospital!"
"The Best Band I've Never Heard Of Award goes to The Hunts, a seasoned touring group made up of nine members of a single Chesapeake, Virginia, family that melted last night's Shuler Theater audience into giddy delight. They did it with their opening song and sustained the joys through two short sets that left no one feeling shortchanged. When God was distributing talent, his vehicle must have stalled over the Hunt house; they all look so truly happy with what they've got that they might have just won the lottery.
The Celtic-influenced family string band passed around guitars and fiddles, a mandolin, a banjo, and a ukulele, augmented by a keyboard, a drum kit, and hand drums and other percussion, including pounding dance steps and drum sticks on the stage floor. Their greatest strength, though, was their infectiously-arranged original songs that sound like no one and nothing I've heard. I've made up for that today: their 2012 album We Were Young is the only music I've played all day. I've stopped the CD several times, but the songs' hooks keep playing in a loop in my head, like waves lifting the sea, amazing.
The group has been touring for ten years and last came through New Mexico five years ago. (They're in Gallup tonight, traveling the country in an RV big enough to sleep ten.) Mother and father keep a low profile in the background playing fiddle and guitars, respectively, while the "kids" -- their current ages range from 14 to 23 -- charm and bedazzle up front. The first born were twin girls, Jessi then Jenni, but they were followed by a string of boys. All are multi-instrumentalists and all contribute to the group's songwriting. If that's not enough, they're all impossibly attractive and fetching, melting more than a few hearts last night, hearts of people who, like me, hope The Hunts won't wait five years before making a third trip to New Mexico."
"There must have been at least forty seven different instruments on stage when The Hunt Family appeared at the Clausen Center in Holstein last Saturday. Well, maybe not quite that many but there sure were a lot of them and they all got played and played extremely well. There was a keyboard, violins, drums of just about every persuasion, an accordion, a ukulele, all chockablock with guitars (both acoustic and electric), a banjo, and who knows what else. Of course, there were also a lot of hands available to unloose their music - nine pairs in all.
The Hunt family is simply an amazing group of performers. The parents and their seven offspring came out, sang their songs, and danced their dances with such unabated joy that they captured the audience's collective heart. There was a complete lack of pretension about them. They were like the people in the house around the corner in Anytown, Anywhere. That is, if you could find such a place that housed nine accomplished musicians with a plethora of instrumentation close to hand.
There is absolutely nothing artificial or plastic about this family of entertainers. It basically comes down to this - they take great joy in both making and sharing their wonderful music. There was only one problem. There are so many people to watch and seven of them have names that start with the letter "J"... About midway through he first set, I gave up trying to put names to faces and faces to the songs they sang. I just decided to sit back and enjoy the show.
The highlight of the night came when they sang one of their original works, "Lifting the Sea". They told of taking it to Haiti on a mission trip and of how deeply moved they were by the experience. Through it they conveyed the sense that though cultures may differ and oceans may separate them, all the world's people are pretty much the same. "It's amazing." they sang. "Isn't it crazy that you and me are both in the world?" The words are those of young idealists who perhaps see things a bit more clearly than some of us who are snugly ensconced here in the midlands.
Another rare treat was Leonard Cohen's :Hallelujah. I don't know if this can accurately be called an accolade or not, but their rendition was the first time I've ever been able to understand all the words to that song. These young people have honed their articulation to such a fine point that it flows as smoothly and as surely as their blended harmonies.
However sweet their singing, it was the dancing that got the greatest response from the audience. The Irish Step Dance augmented by drum sticks beating time on the floor and flying suspenders on the three eldest boys brought a roar of approval from the crowd.
Then came "Folsom Prison Blues" and the encore of "Devil Went Down to Georgia". At last the parents made their way front and center and showed everybody just where the kids learned their stuff. It was a rousing way to end the show and left the audience whistling for more. The night was too short by half."