Pick It Up - Honey And The Bear
Our next very talented LCM featured artists are currently supporting the wonderful Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys on their UK tour. Based in Suffolk Lucy Sampson and Jon Hart are better known as duo Honey & The Bear. We first came across Lucy and Jon's music when they played a great set at FolkEast last year. Our LCM #SongOfTheDay is a live version of 'Pick It Up' taken from their debut duo EP 'About Time Too'. We think this track has a real Paul Simon vibe.
British folk and roots inspired duo, Honey & the Bear, combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies. 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 two years previous. Since then, they have played many venues across East Anglia as well as travelling to Germany for their first European tour. Together they have played an array of fantastic UK festivals including Ely Folk, FolkEast and Maverick. 2016 saw the release of their debut EP ‘About Time’, which received airplay on BBC Radio Suffolk, as well as Cambridge Radio & Norfolk Radio.
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 amalgamation of both their unique musical styles makes for a dynamic and ever-changing live performance.