Hunter And The Bear

Hunter And The Bear

Supported by The Ultraviolet
Friday 15th April at 8.00pm

Tickets £11.00


Every fledgling band needs their own rehearsal space - the school music room or the drummer’s bedroom  - but Hunter And The Bear ended up in a soundproofed shipping container in a London car park, a nice touch for a band that are certainly going places. Starting out as a duo, long-time friends Jimmy Hunter (lead guitar/mandolin) and Will Irvine (guitar/lead vocals and nicknamed “The Bear” at school, so work out the origins of their unusual band name yourselves) ended up at the same university in Newcastle writing songs together before heading south to London in 2012 in pursuit of gigs. 

Their hard work and enthusiastic approaching to playing live, anywhere and anytime, led to the addition of drummer Gareth Thompson, who they spotted playing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the rhythm section was completed in 2014 with the addition of bassist Chris Clark, a timely move as they were given the opportunity to support Eric Clapton on his UK arena tour that same summer as well as performing at Scotland’s T In The Park and Belladrum Tartan Heart festivals.

The band’s influences are rich and varied, which is reflected in their music. Irvine and Hunter’s Scottish upbringings lent exposure to traditional music but a love of classic rock bands like Lynyrd Skynryd and The Band shines through in both song-writing and performance - a powerful blend of folk, rock and country, with strong vocal harmonies and soaring guitar lines. Debut EP “Dusty Road” (featuring favourites “Forest On The Hill” and “Taliesin”) earned high praise and the follow-up EP “Before I Came Home” was preceded by single “Pick Me Up.” 

In August this year, the band played Reading Festival and new EP entitled “Wildfire” was released in the summer, containing standout tracks “Burn It Up” and “Since September.”

***SUPPORTING ACT ANNOUNCED***

We are excited to announce that local band The Ultraviolet will be supporting Hunter and the Bear.

An alternative rock band from Boston, Lincolnshire who pride themselves in playing huge, tight and energetic shows.

The recent release of their new single and debut music video 'Wake Up Dead' has seen the band achieve success with interviews and airplay on recent BBC Introducing shows. With a recent UK tour under their belt, bunch of festivals to announce this summer and a new EP set for release this year, The Ultraviolet have also supported bands such as Anavae, My Heart Is A Metronome (Sweden), Grumble Bee, Like Torches (Sweden) and will be sharing the stage with Scouting For Girls later this year.




**Prices include a 50p per seat 'refurbishment' levy.

Blackfriars Theatre is run predominately by volunteers, we don't charge an admin fee and don't intend to. The full levy plus gift aid, if applicable, will create a special fund to help maintain and refurbish the towns precious traditional little Theatre. This fund will also allow us to seek 'match funding' opportunities to enhance your theatre experience.

Thank you for your support and understanding. We hope you Enjoy the Show and encourage others to Keep Theatre Live in Boston.



Blackfriars undoubtedly plays a very important role as Boston's centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.