British folk and roots duo Honey & the Bear combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads, their live performances are spirited and dynamic. Conjuring stories in song, they tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courageous people they admire, their passion for nature and the odd heartbreak or two.
The multi instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, bazouki) and Lucy Hart (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo, mandolin & percussion), have been writing and performing together since early 2014, having met at a songwriting event two years previous. Since then, they have played at many revered venues and festivals across the UK as well as travelled across the channel for their first European tour. They supported Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys on two UK tours and opened for The Shires at world renowned Snape Malting’s Concert Hall.
In July 2019 they released their first full studio album ‘Made In The Aker’ which was followed by a UK tour as a four piece band in October 2019 alongside fellow musicians Toby Shaer of Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys & Cara Dillon and Evan Carson of Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys and The Willows . The album was well received by both their ever growing fan base and the critics.
2020 and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic saw the duo grounded and many gigs cancelled, but their music has prevailed in the form of Sunday night facebook live streams of which they performed thirty-two throughout the year 2020. After challenging themselves to write a new song for the first 12 weeks of the livestream, they successfully managed to produce a second album in the Autumn. ‘Journey Through the Roke’ which will be released on 23rd April 2021. The album features many talented musicians including Toby Shaer (whistles, harmonium, flute, fiddle, bass), Evan Carson (drums, bodhran, percussion), Archie Churchill Moss of Moore Moss Rutter (melodeon) and Graham Coe of The Jellyman’s Daughter (cello).
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 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.
The couple were married in June 2018.
MADE IN THE AKER
⭑⭑⭑⭑ – R&R Magazine
“Dexterously played with beautifully crafted arrangements around a perfect pairing of voices delivering personal fine songs this is a stunning album.”
Marc Higgins – FATEA – See full review here
“You may not have encountered them before, but to paraphrase a quote from another bear and honey partnership, any day spent with them could be your favourite day.”
Mike Davies – Bright Young Folk – See full review here
“Contemporary and catchy but always with a sense of tradition, these eleven songs represent almost an hour’s satisfying, intriguing and enjoyable listening.”
Tykes News – See full review here
“Musically sound, Made In The Aker is a valiant first album that successfully captures Honey And The Bear’s passionate live performance style and will, I am sure, please many..”
Living Tradition – See full review here
“It is their combined vocals, however, that make the album what it is and what it is is a very accomplished debut.”
Dai Jeffries – folking.com – See full review here
“The album sounds great. Jon and Lucy’s excellent voices and guitars are supported by some of Sam Kelly’s Lost Boys … It’s very atmospheric and generally quite delicate, but there’s the occasional thrash…”
Ian Croft – R&R – See full review here
“These songs – all written by the pair – quickly get into your head. Their voices blend well together and there’s a high standard of musicianship, with their playing complemented by members of Sam Kelly’s Lost Boys.”
Fiona Clark – Folk London – See full review here
“The album is wonderfully produced … a possible BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner in the making?”
Tony Bell – Grapevine – See full review here
“Their songs are just so comforting and full of hope and love….these two don’t preach, they write about love and both radiate love so authentically on stage like I have not often experienced before. Everyone feels wrapped in by their music and their lyrics, just like they sing in “Ocean”: “And in the dark I’ll find you, wrap my arms around you. When you think hope is lost I’ll let my love surround you.” Just gorgeous. I don’t hear many lines on love that speak to me – these lines do.”
Dagmar Brudnitzki – Fatea Magazine
“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”
“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
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If you are interested in booking Honey & The Bear to play at your festival, special event or venue, please contact them at the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
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