HAT FITZ & CARA: “Beautiful, raw and exciting,” “this shabby, hill country blues oozes cool,” “a celebration of everything that is good about contemporary roots music,” “if they don’t move you, nothing will”…
These are standard assessments and there are hundreds of them accumulated over the years that Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson have been taking their gloriously rough ‘n’ tumble music out into then world.
The gutsy Australian guitarist and Irish-born Cara may be based Down Under but have built a faithful global following from touring relentlessly. When leading UK roots music website Spiral Earth said that they “pack more energy, emotion and sheer musical exuberance into one song than most manage in a whole career,” the truth came out. This barnstorming duo have circled the globe as they continue to branch out and hit new territories , blowing through and leaving entire communities awestruck, as if a tornado just turned their whole world upside down.
Hat Fitz is a “veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.
Cara draws on her soul background (she’s toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corinne Bailey-Rae), and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.