Honey & The Bear

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Honey & the Bear combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative song-writing. 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.

They're playing 2 sets as a 4-piece on Saturday, and one as a duo on Sunday, which is how you'll have seen them before at GTSF.

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 . It's this four-piece that's coming to Southwell. The duo themselves played the 2019 festival, to much acclaim, and we're really looking forward to the fuller sound of the band.


They've now released a second album ‘Journey Through the Roke’.

"The album’s sweet vocals and accomplished musicianship shining brightly through the dark times we have recently experienced...Honey and the Bear prove themselves, yet again, to be a talented pair of songwriters and musicians, well worth a listen"

RnR Magazine


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. 

Lucy Sampson and Jon Hart have quickly established themselves as a must-see acoustic duo

BBC Radio Suffolk

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

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