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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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