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Kitty, taken from Straw Bear's new album 'Black Bank', is a story of unrealised artistic ambition set to soaring folk-pop that has seen the Cambridgeshire band tipped for big things.

BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary's named it among his singles of the week. Broadcasting legend 'Whispering' Bob Harris raved about Kitty on his Radio 2 show. And 6 Music's Tom Robinson described Kitty as "an understated gem" - featuring the band in session on 9 March.

A New Band A Day described Kitty as “a hook-laden song of near-perfect pace, delicious construction, delightful lyrics and sweet intent”. The influential blog went on to single out Straw Bear as one to watch in 2013.


released March 11, 2013
All music by Gray/Ray/Shipp/Struthers
Words by Ian Ray
Bass by Catie Wicks
Violin Parts by Laura Raggatt
Produced by Straw Bear and Chris Taylor
Recorded at Bluebarn Studio in Cambridgeshire
Cover art by Bob Davis



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Straw Bear Brighton, UK

Straw Bear formed slowly over a number of years, like sedimentary rock or a bad habit.
Ian and Chris began recording in their native Cambridgeshire, before Tom, Pas and Cate were sucked into their swirling musical eddy.
Their second album. Black Bank is named after the Fenland road in which the album was recorded.
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