Honey & The Bear

British folk and roots duo Honey & The Bear play Greyshott Folk Club. They combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative song writing. With a diverse range of sounds, textures and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads, their live performances are spirited and dynamic.

We’re so pleased to support our friends at Grayshott Folk Club with their shows.

Conjuring stories in song, Honey & The Bear tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courageous people they admire, their passion for nature and the odd heartbreak or two. The multi instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, bouzouki) and Lucy Hart (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo, mandolin & percussion), have been writing and performing together since early 2014, having met at a song writing event two years previously.

Since then, they have played at many revered venues and festivals across the UK as well as travelling across the channel for their first European tour. They have supported Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys on two UK tours and opened for The Shires at world renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Born and raised in Suffolk, Lucy learned to play Violin and Drums at school, sung in the Suffolk Jubilee choir and started song writing 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 can now hear her perform with Jon. Jon, a Yorkshire boy, raised in East Anglia, 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 ‘Wrist Burner’ which is a gig favourite.

‘Journey Through the Roke’ was released on 23rd April 2021. The album features many talented musicians including Toby Shaer (whistles, harmonium, flute, fiddle, bass), Evan Carson (drums, bodhran, percussion), Archie Churchill Moss of Moore, Moss, Rutter (melodeon) and Graham Coe of The Jellyman’s Daughter (cello).

“Lucy and Jon’s vocals are gentle, rich and mellifluous throughout. This is an accomplished album from a masterly duo”.
– Folk London Magazine

“Dexterously played with beautifully crafted arrangements around a perfect pairing of voices delivering personal fine songs this is a stunning album.”

“This album is one of the clearest recordings I’ve heard in a decade, holding its head above the roke and into the sunlight on every track” – Irish Music Magazine

“Lucy’s vocals are as beautiful as ever…she is now one of this country’s best folk singers” – Stephen Foster, Radio Caroline & EADT.

This gig has been rescheduled from November 2020 but this time around, Lucy and Jon have invited some of their gifted musical friends to join them.

honey & the bear

View & Download Songs For FamyShanty Sessions

Welcome to FamyShanty 🌟

Bringing families closer together through music is the aim of FamyShanty, our new and exciting out-reach project from Southdowns Music Festival.

Monthly sessions will last for around 90 minutes with experienced music tutors leading mainly primary aged children and their parents in learning songs on ukuleles based around well known Sea Shanties.

`Mikes Music` boss, Mike Bosley, one of the Project partners said: “The last few years have been very difficult for families with the Covid Pandemic and other pressures. So FamyShanty is a way of redressing this and offering something that both parents and their children can enjoy, whilst learning new skills and helping improve their overall well-being. We also plan to use IT to make learning resources available on YouTube and other platforms so that participants can continue learning and practising between physical sessions`.

To find out more or to get involved, just call/text 07751 594285.

View and download the songs for the forthcoming sessions:
Blow The Man Down
Drunken Sailor Basic
Drunken Sailor
John Kanaka
Singing in the Rain

And view guided videos via our YouTube channel.


FamyShanty Grant From Awards for All – The National Lottery

Thank you National Lottery!

We recently received a note from The National Lottery Awards For All:

“We’re really happy to tell you we will be funding your project following your application for National Lottery Awards for All. And we want to give `FamyShanty` £9300 to help your community thrive.”

FamyShanty is a new and exciting out-reach project closely linked to the 2022 Southdowns Folk Festival which aims to bring local families closer together and help improve mental well-being through the medium of acoustic music and the growingly popular genre of Shanty singing.

It is a well documented fact that the Covid Pandemic has put a lot of pressure on families and has had an increasingly negative impact on mental health. The fact that the Pandemic has gone on longer than thought, has only made this situation worse, and younger people of school age have in many ways been impacted the worst. Therefore, with the help of a range of partners, plus a local music shop who will provide hire instruments at significantly reduced cost plus tutoring input, ‘FamyShanty’ aims to provide a platform for children and their parents to work together using different instruments and singing styles loosely based around Shanty and ‘Songs from the Sea’.

The project will be located in a local primary school plus other appropriate and accessible venues and will run every month between February and October 2022 and will be an integral part of the Southdowns Music Festival to include key performances and workshops at different festival venues around Bognor Regis. There will also be Zoom and other online sessions the extent of which will depend on how the pandemic changes and alters.

Our project partners will play the leading part in publicising it plus recruiting appropriate participants from amongst the ‘harder to reach’ and more ‘vulnerable’ members of the local community. It is envisaged that each monthly session will have a maximum of 30 people so as to provide closer learning support, as well as a safer Covid environment in which all safety protocols will be followed.

If you’d like to be involved, please contact rnash10@hotmail.com for more details.

Ukulele Sessions

Learn to play the ukulele, or brush up on your skills – come join our Ukulele Sessions!

Following the success of our December ‘Making Your Mark’, our ukulele sessions return for 2022 on Wednesday 19th January.

Funded by the Sussex Community Foundation, Making Your Mark aims to combat social isolation and promote positive mental health by helping people to learn or brush up on their ukulele skills.

Our popular Making Your Mark returns Wednesday 19th January, between 10am and 12 noon in the Waverley Function Room on West Bognor Regis Seafront. Free car parking is very near by.

Making Your Mark is one of the reach-out projects of the Southdowns Music Festival.
For just £1, you can get all the tea and coffee you want! If you don’t own a ukulele, don’t worry as there will be some there for you to try and buy if you want to, and when the session is finished, you’ll be very welcome to stay on for the regular `Waverley Ukulele Jam` at the same venue between 1pm and 3pm.

Keep in touch by joining our mailing list: Southdowns Music Festival

Ukulele Sessions