Friday night’s Hat Fitz and Cara gig left me walking on air after an evening of sleazy blues, gospel and soul. The pair was joined by Suffolk songwriters Honey and the Bear who opened with folk inspired covers and original music, demonstrating why they are a firm favourite in the local area.
Jon and Lucy of Honey and the Bear were a pleasure to watch. Beautiful harmonies and charisma from both aside, they were very obviously enjoying each other’s company which enhanced the atmosphere of the evening. The centre had tables and chairs set out for this event which I find can leave many bands feeling a little on edge; Jon and Lucy spoke, played and sang with ease making it all look effortless. Their lyrics were significant without being contrived, and were enhanced by their storytelling and communication with the audience in between numbers.
Hat Fitz and Cara have been on the road for quite some time now. They married 6 years ago after meeting the previous year and have been playing together ever since. The pair are a force of nature, drawing influence from 1930s country blues and southern soul, weaving between their individual flares and inspirations, stories and histories, and each other. Their ability to story tell and connect is a valuable part of their astounding musicianship that I’m sure is what sells them to the many and allows them to stay on the road.
Trying to choose notable songs from their set is difficult. The majority came with a story, ranging from the very serious (about walls dividing nations) to the hilarious (‘Do Tell’ was about a fridge Fitz used to take on the road) and not a moment felt out of place. The couple bounced off each other. Cheeky, energetic, mean, flirty – just like their music.