Lucy Sampson and Jon Hart, aka Honey and The Bear, were two of the first people I met when I ventured out onto the local music scene here in Suffolk back in 2013.
They have both had huge impacts on my music making. At the time Lucy was running a wonderful open mic at The Castle Inn in Framingham. She had played at the first ever open mic I went to (The Suffolk Songwriter’s open mic at The Steamboat in Ipswich) and I was stunned by her soulful voice and moving honest songwriting, so when she invited me along to The Castle Inn it was a no brainer, I was going to be there.
At her open mic Lucy had created a warm and welcoming environment for musicians to come and share their works and it was in the context of this that I first met Jon. The place was packed and Jon took a seat next to me and chatted to me like we were old friends. I liked him instantly and when he got up to perform I was left with my jaw on the floor by Jon's renditions of his songs, Sailor’s Daughter and Wristburner (still two of my favourites). Jon mentioned that he had just put out a CD entitled Level With Me and I snapped it up. I listened to that album on repeat (along with James Morgan’s Knights Of The Road) all of that summer and even today Jon’s music always makes me feel like it’s a sunny day, no matter what the weather is really like.
So when I found out that they were going to start playing together as Honey and The Bear I was an instant fan, even before I’d heard them play!
The thing I love most about watching Honey and The Bear play is that they are clearly having as much fun as the audience are. Their on stage chemistry is as beautiful and mesmerising as their harmonies are. As an audience member you can feel the love in their music. They are clearly writing and performing from a pure place of passion for their art. Every time I have seen them play it has felt like a once in a lifetime, not to be missed moment.
I hope it’s not too long before they put out some recordings so that I can carry their joyful music with me wherever I go.
You can check out their website here
And connect with them on Facebook here or on Twitter here.
Author: Keith Sadler
I want to share my music-making journey with you, as well as my experience of the amazing local music scene here in Suffolk.