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HUNTER & THE BEAR plus support from ANDREW VALENTINE
Sat 29 October 2016, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
Incredible folk-rock band Hunter and the Bear come to Masham with newly signed singer-songwriter Andrew Valentine!
Hunter and the Bear are "Ones to watch" according to BBC Radio's 'Whispering' Bob Harris. This is certainly the consensus with the band having supported Eric Clapton on tour and playing with Bruce Springsteen at Hard Rock Calling. Big things are a coming for these lads.
Polite applause and concession stand runs are the norm from arena crowds experiencing new young recording artists opening for venerable veterans. But that was not so when Hunter and the Bear warmed up for Eric Clapton’s recent UK tour. Not only was the upstart London-based act greeted with considerable enthusiasm, Clapton fans actually missed part of Slowhand’s set to score Hunter and the Bear’s music and to press the quartet’s flesh.
“It was amazing,” vocalist-guitarist Will Irvine recalled. “We went out in the hall between sets with our merchandise and I was stunned how long the queue was. I thought it was a line for the bathroom but I was wrong. It was for us. It was incredible.” Guitarist-vocalist Jimmy Hunter was just as taken aback. “Clapton fans missed the beginning of his show just to say hello and ask why they hadn’t heard of us,” Hunter said.
At that point Hunter and the Bear was just a year-old but the fresh group made an impression. Hunter and the Bear, which makes compelling melody- driven rock, sold hundreds of discs at the show. “It was encouraging because Clapton fans are music fans,” Hunter said. “They’re not into him because he’s sexy, even though at some point I’m sure he was.” Great point and that’s the common denominator between the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Hunter and the Bear. The latter is a throwback, which crafts an intoxicating blend of muscular folk-rock, which hits listeners in the gut. The icing on the cake is moving, manly harmonies by Irvine, Hunter, bassist Chris Clark and drummer Gareth Thompson.