|Saturday 24 November 2018 @ 09:00pm : -
Honey & the Bear
British folk and roots inspired duo Honey & the Bear combine powerful guitar riffs with delicately interweaving vocal harmonies, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies.
The songs they perform tell intriguing tales of folklore from the Suffolk coast, alongside heartfelt compositions about lifes adventures, as well as the ups and downs of love and betrayal.
The multi-instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, mandolin) and Lucy Sampson (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo & percussion), have been writing together since early 2014, having met at a songwriting event in 2012. The amalgamation of both their unique musical styles makes for a dynamic and everchanging live performance.
The duo travelled to Germany in 2016 for their frst European tour and together they have played an array of UK music festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Ely Folk, FolkEast and Maverick Festival. 2018 has seen them going on their frst ofcial UK tour supporting Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys.
Having released two EPs (‘About Time’ and ‘About Time Too’ in 2016) which both received airplay on local radio, they have been recording their debut album ready for release in the Autumn of 2018.
Born and raised in Suffolk, Lucy learned violin and drums at school, sung in the Suffolk Jubilee choir and started songwriting at age 15. She taught herself guitar whilst at university in Canterbury, and began performing her creations not long afterwards. At 27, she released her debut band album ’Step Right On’, songs from which you can now hear her perform with Jon.
Jon, a Yorkshire boy, raised in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, has been performing his own songs since his teens. A self taught guitarist, his love of driving guitar riffs is a core aspect of his song writing process. He has released three band albums, the latest of which was entitled ‘Level with me’, featuring ‘Wristburner’ which is a gig favourite.
"Lucy Sampson and Jon Hart have quickly established themselves as a must-see acoustic duo" ~ Stephen Foster, BBC Radio Suffolk
"Accomplished, easy-on-the-ear acoustic folk-pop for grown-ups" ~ fRoots Magazine
"Beautiful harmonies and charisma from both aside, they were very obviously enjoying each other’s company which enhanced the atmosphere of the evening … Jon and Lucy spoke, played and sang with ease making it all look effortless …Their lyrics were significant without being contrived, and were enhanced by their storytelling and communication with the audience in between numbers. ~ Ellie-Jane Arden, John Peel Centre