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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 19 2018 8:00 PM UTC +00:00.

Honey & The BearBy Honey & The Bear
First created
Honey & The BearBy Honey & The Bear
First created
£4,164
pledged of £4,500pledged of £4,500 goal
108
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 19 2018 8:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Heya, thanks for visiting our kickstarter campaign. We’re Jon and Lucy, a folk duo from Suffolk England, called ‘Honey & the Bear’ and we’re in the process of recording our very first album. We’re super excited about how this album is sounding, but now we need your help to take it to the next stage and launch it into the big wide world.

The title of the album is ’Made in the Aker’ - a collection of original songs that reflect who we are, where we come from, the people we know and love and stories of our home in Suffolk. ‘Aker’ is a lost East Anglian expression that can be translated as ‘turbulent current’, something which we feel reflects the non stop nature of our lives today. Over the past 9 months, we’ve gradually recorded these 11 tracks in our cosy ‘sitting room’ studio, accompanied by various guest musicians including the very talented Toby Shaer, Evan Carson and Archie Churchill Moss. With Jon (Mr Bear) as our recording engineer, we’ve been really lucky to pull in a few favours, and have secured the finest recording equipment we can locally source. We’ve poured our hearts and souls into the material and now we are simply bursting to get it out there.

Evan - king of all percussion
Evan - king of all percussion

As Honey & The Bear, we have released two EPs to date, (‘About Time’ and ‘About Time Too’) and have been sharing our music at gigs and festivals up and down the country for the past 4 years. We love what we do, and most of all, we love singing our original music together and making people smile. Many of the songs we’ve been playing for the past year are featured on this album alongside some totally new material. We’ve been encouraged by many of our fans to take the leap and go from a 5 track EP to a full length album … so here we are … leaping forward.

To complete the album, we now need to employ the skills of a professional mix and mastering engineer to give it the final polish that is needed to get it radio and stream ready! Thankfully, with Lucy being a designer, we don’t have to worry about graphic design costs, but we do need to get the CD replicated and the artwork printed (in lovely matt card cases of course). And as we’re so proud of the music we’ve created, we want it to reach the ears of as many people as possible, not just in the UK, but around the world. To do this, we need the help of a dedicated PR professional. So, that basically sums up what this kickstarter fund is going toward.

We hope you can help us realise our dream of releasing our debut album and to tempt you to do so we’ve got some exclusive Honey & The bear themed goodies on offer for you. You could be the proud owner of, not just the album, but of a limited edition print of Lucy’s or a super cool screen printed Honey & The Bear tote bag or tea towel. And if you’re all about the live music, which we are, then you might like to opt for hosting a house concert in your home. There are a couple of other little bits and bobs available, so go take a closer look!

With your help, we aim to have ‘Made in the Aker’ ready for release by mid March 2019.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is making it sound perfect enough for Lucy ; )

But seriously of course, given our very short campaign time, there is always a chance that we won't reach our target, and if that's the case, then we will continue to move forwards as best we can. This album is a labour of love and very much a work in progress that we want to see succeed.

If we do, by some miracle, reach our target, we fully expect the album to be ready for a March release. There is a possibility that we may have underestimated the time needed to complete the mixing and mastering process, but we are optimistic.

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    Pre-order Digital Download

    Get a (plastic free) copy of Made in the Aker delivered to your inbox before the official release in March along with our eternal gratitude.

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    Pre-order a signed CD

    Get our album before the rest of the world does! We'll personally sign, seal and (royal mail) will deliver Made in the Aker to your doorstep (or your PO box, or your neighbours house, or your safe place) before the official release.

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    H&TB Tote Bag + Digital Download

    Make use of an exclusive Honey and the Bear essentials cotton tote bag to stash all your (purchased) goodies. And we'll send you a digital download of 'Made in the Aker'.

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    H&TB Tea Towel + Digital Download

    Get a digital copy of our 'Made in the Aker' album delivered to your inbox. We'll also send you a screen printed tea towel with artwork designed by our awesome mate Ken. A useful and musical reward!

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    H&TB Essentials Tote Bag + Signed CD

    Look super sweet around the shops with our exclusive Honey and the Bear essentials cotton tote bag to stash all your (purchased) goodies. And we'll conceal in a signed CD within of course.

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    4 Hand Designed Cards + Signed CD

    This is another little creative bundle for those of you who like sending lovely messages to friends and loved ones. Honey has designed 4 'Made in the Aker' themed greetings cards (left blank for your own message). So you could send them a card, along with the signed CD (or keep it for yourself of course).

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    Honey & The 'Bear Essentials' Bundle

    If you want all the goodies including a signed CD, a tea towel (essential for drying things) and a tote bag (essential for things that go in bags) then this is the reward for you!

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    H&TB Totally Creative Bundle

    This 'creative' bundle includes the Honey & the "bear essentials" tote bag, the tea towel, 4 handmade greetings cards and a signed CD.

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    A3 Limited Edition Print & Signed CD

    If you want more than just the music, not only will you receive a signed copy of the CD but Honey got a bit handy for this one and has created an 'Akery' piece of artwork which you could own, frame and display on your very own wall!

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    A2 Signed Fine Art Print + Signed CD

    A beautiful piece of artwork inspired by Make in the Aker for your wall. Only 5 available on A2 fine art paper - and you'll get the CD too of course.

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    Honey's Tanglewood Guitar & a signed CD

    Honey's beautiful, much loved Tanglewood guitar is up for grabs along with a copy of the album. The guitar comes with a soft case and a matching leather strap.

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    H&TB House Concert (UK mainland only)

    We love performing live, so if you're a fan of the live music experience and fancy hosting a Honey & The Bear concert in your living room (or conservatory, shed, granny annexe (we aren't prejudice but we do have a lot of instruments)), we'll happily perform for you, your family and friends. Only four of these are available. Dates and times to be discussed after the launch of the album.

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