New songs mix with hits for Boy and Bear
AFTER three world tours and more than 160 gigs last year, Boy and Bear is getting ready for the band's first ever Bluesfest gig at Easter.
Banjo, mandolin and keyboard player, Johnathan Hart, said Bluesfest audiences may be treated to some new tunes.
"We are thinking about whether to play any new songs there or not," he said.
"I'm in two minds.
"When I go see a band I like and they play new music you've never heard before that can be a bit hard.
"I like the idea of it but it's hard to relate to it if you have never heard the recorded version of the song before."
Hart said the band used to play unreleased material in live gigs when they started as a professional band.
"I think we'll be debating that next week (this week) as well."
Although their upcoming album does not have a release date or an official name yet, the band has been working on new songs after their Christmas break.
"We've had little writing trips, going away, staying in a house, cooking nice food and drinking some nice wine occasionally, and feeling creative.
"We have around 15 demos together and now we can go into the studio in May."
Hart said the band had a special set of songs for big festivals such as Bluesfest.
"Although nobody expects us to be a high-energy type band, at the same time we try to give the best we can to get people excited," he said.
"We do our best in that department.
"It makes it a bit easier because we have two albums and an EP of material, so that's a few songs to choose from.
"We usually try to get some flow developing and it takes people on a bit of a journey.
"It's always a bit of fun crafting the set, so we are looking forward to that."
The band will be playing at Bluesfest on Thursday, April 2 from 7.45pm at Crossroadsd stage.
For details visit the Bluesfest website.