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Honey & the Bear 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Feb 19, 2024

Honey & the Bear are a tour de force on the UK Folk Festival circuit. The British folk and roots duo 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 and their passion for nature which has been enchanting audiences up and down the country.

The multi-instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, bouzouki) and Lucy Hart (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo, mandolin & percussion), are often joined on-stage by band guests Evan Carson (percussion) and Toby Shaer (Fiddle/Flutes/Whistles) who also feature on both Honey & The Bear studio albums. Together 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 have supported Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys on two UK tours and opened for The Shires at world renowned Snape Malting’s Concert Hall. They returned to Snape Maltings under their own steam just two years later to perform a sold out show.

2020 and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic saw the duo grounded and all gigs cancelled, but their music prevailed in the form of Sunday night facebook livestreams 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. ‘Journey Through the Roke’ was 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).  Journey through the Roke received airplay by Mark Radcliffe on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

Their debut studio album ‘Made In The Aker’ (released July 2019) was followed by a UK tour as a four piece band in October 2019. The album was well received by both their ever growing fan base and the critics.

Here’s the video taken from their most recent album Away Beyond the Fret

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.

Help them celebrate this ten year milestone by joining them at one of their live performances.

Tour Dates as Follows:

5th April 2024 Burton Folk Club Burton-on-Trent 

13th April 2024 John Peel Centre (4 piece band) Stowmarket 

19th April 2024 The Wesley Centre (4 piece band) Maltby, Rotherham 

20th April 2024 Salt Works Sessions (3 piece band) Marston, Northwich 

21st April 2024 The Institute, Laxey (Duo)  Isle of Man 

23rd August 2024 Between the Trees Folk Festival (Band)  Wales  

10th Anniversary Tour (Part 2)


22nd September 2024 The Riverside (Band) Woodbridge, Suffolk 

28th September 2024 The Milton Rooms (Band) Malton, N. Yorkshire,  

30th September 2024 J2 The Junction Cambridge

3rd October 2024 Unicorn Theatre Abingdon, Oxfordshire 

4th October 2024 The Octagon Chapel Norwich 

5th October 2024 Folk at the Meadows, Belper Belper, Derbyshire 



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