"Wonderfully Quirky, and Exceptionally Talented"
"The duo are musical tricksters, relishing irregular time signatures and a tendency to reprise motifs just when you think the song is over. There's a rare emotional warmth and fullness to Good Habits' sound; this captivating set of highly original songs chugs along beautifully."
"Revved up folkies who stitch many elements into their sound and move along with great spirit and energy"
- 13th Floor
Good Habits are an award winning UK alternative-folk duo, telling stories and turning heads across the globe.
Composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist-percussionist Pete Shaw, the nomadic couple create folk-infused songs that test the limits of their traditional instruments.
Sitting between folk and indie, their upbeat and interactive set guides the audiences through the chapters of their musical adventures, maintaining folk roots of musical storytelling amongst their energetic, virtuosic playing.
Their music explores new ways to create energy and musical variety from their two instruments: acrobatic vocal stylings dance above, intricate and conversing textures between the cello and the accordion.
With an eclectic mix influences including Folk, Jazz, pop and Klezmer, Good Habits create a sound that is intriguing, yet warm and uplifting.
Photo by Bob Zuur
Cyanotype Artwork by Freya Slack
Happily Stranded in New Zealand!
With ambition and versatility at the centre of their philosophy, Good Habits launched their duo project in October 2019. The standing-singing-dancing duo embarked on a 40 show tour across New Zealand, wowing audiences across the length and breadth of the country in the process. Covid-19 left them stranded in New Zealand, but thanks to the warmth and support of new friends, they made the most of NZ's triumphant recovery.
In the year since, Good Habits have performed alongside a line up of New Zealand’s top acts including Nadia Reid, Ria Hall and Lost Tribe Aotearoa. The release of their debut album, ‘Going For Broke’, gained them shining reviews in Songlines, appearances in National Paper NZ Herald, and a tight tour schedule including performances at New Zealand’s largest festivals: Splore, CubaDupa, TSB Festival of Lights, Resolution and many more.
Good Habits look forward to returning to the UK in October 2021. They we're the winners Purbeck Rising Competition (UK) and look forward to Performing at Purbeck Folk 2022.