Who are Honey & The Bear?
Those of you who have never heard of Honey & The Bear will probably be saying, 'Who are they?'. Well, we are Lucy and Jon, two multi-instrumentalists who have been touring the UK folk scene together for over half a decade. We released our debut album last July and now we find ourselves itching to create more music to share with you.
‘Why are we crowdfunding?’ we hear you ask!
Here at Honey and the Bear HQ (a.k.a the "bear cave") life has taken an interesting turn since the Covid-19 outbreak. As you know, the performing arts industries have come to a standstill, nearly all the summer festivals have been cancelled and small venues have closed their doors. Like so many others, we moved our musical performances online very early on, and although strange at first, it’s been a pleasure performing weekly livestreams to our H&TB community of listeners for the past 21 weeks. Some of you will have been part of that journey, tuning in, chivying us along with your lovely comments and generally giving our lives some purpose. We thank you whole heartedly for that and we hope that our Sundays have been equally as comforting and rewarding for you as they have for us.
At the beginning of lockdown we decided to set ourselves the task of writing new material to perform online each Sunday night. We had a second album in mind of course, but we thought the weekly pressure of performing to a virtual community might just give us the extra push we needed to actually develop an outcome. And WE DID IT! We’ve written 12 songs which we now want to develop into album number two. Woohoo!
What will the album be called?
We’ve decided to call it ‘Journey Through the Roke’. 'Roke' is an East Anglian term for ‘an evening fog on the marshes’ - something that can be tricky to manoeuvre through safely. We decided this would be a fitting name when we realised that all our songs have the underlying theme of survival - poignant, we feel, in this very unsettling time for mankind.
Who will this crowdfunder be supporting?
Since coronavirus has left so many of our dear friends without gainful employment (including Jon a.k.a "The Bear") we plan on paying for their time and skills to help us develop an album we can be proud of for years to come. This crowdfunding campaign is therefore going to go towards enlisting the talents of (and feeding) musicians, hiring a producer, paying for mix and mastering engineers, affording a professional PR campaign and printing the CDs.
How can you get involved?
We’d absolutely love you to get involved in helping us realise our goal, spread a little musical love and joy, and to keep us and our musical friends busy for a few more months of this pandemic.
It could be as simple as pre-ordering a copy of the album in MP3 or CD format, but there are other options available if you feel willing and able to donate a little bit more.
Lucy (a.k.a "Honey") is an artist, so she will be creating:
- beautiful artworks that could adorn your walls (Limited edition A2 and A3 prints)
- sets of hand drawn greetings cards to send to your friends at home and abroad
- bee earrings to adorn your ears (cute)
- a brand new limited edition H&TB tote bag (who doesn't need a shopping bag or two these days?!)
- a brand new limited edition H&TB tea towel (because you can never have too many tea towels!)
- a brand new limited edition apron (for anyone who wants to add a little honey to their cooking)
We’ll also be offering garden gigs for small, socially distanced gatherings, and some kayaking adventures on the rivers Alde or Deben in Suffolk.
Take a look through and if there are any combinations of rewards that you'd like which haven't been offered, drop us a message and we'll see what we can do.
When will it be ready?
We're aiming for December as our release date but, of course, this goal post may be subject to change depending on the availability of all our talented friends and engineers.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to (hopefully) reaching our target and sharing the results of our hard work with you once it is complete.
Thanks again and lots of love,
Lucy and Jon xx
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