Hat Fitz & Cara play Emsworth

Hat Fitz & Cara
Hat Fitz & Cara

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

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.

“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.