Hat Fitz & Cara play Emsworth

Award-winning Australian-Irish blues duo Hat Fitz & Cara end their current UK tour at the Tuppenny Barn, near Emsworth on Friday, April 24.

Hat Fitz & Cara
Hat Fitz & Cara

The pair are over from their Queensland base for their seventh tour in as many years and with a critically-acclaimed fifth album, produced by Jeff Lang, Do Tell in hand.

Promoter Mark Ringwood said: “Onstage they’re an unlikely pairing as ‘Fitzy’ is a stereotypical Ned Kelly-lookalike with a dry Australian sense of humour whilst his wife Cara quickly cuts him down to size with her Ulster charm and classy vintage looks.

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“Fitzy plays a battered Resonator guitar which he says came from a skip but in truth could have originated in a number of salubrious places. A few years ago he nearly lost his life when, having ‘had a few tinnies’ he was attacked by a saltwater crocodile. The experience was enough for him to permanently give up alcohol.

“In contrast Cara enjoyed a career as both a piper and drummer in a range of bands in Northern Ireland before a chance encounter brought them together.”

Hat Fitz & Cara take to the stage at 8pm. Tickets in advance from Harbour Records (Emsworth), and the venue, for £12.50.