Photos by Carissa Corlett
Good Habits are an award-winning UK folk duo forged on the other side of the globe.
Composed of Bonnie Schwarz (cello + vocals) and Pete Shaw (accordion), the pair mix vivid storytelling with eclectic sounds, drawing on their diverse musical tastes and weaving them into an action-packed narrative of folky goodness. After a pandemic spent happily stranded in New Zealand, they've returned to the UK to spread their joyous music throughout Europe.
During the two years in New Zealand, Good Habits performed at some of NZ’s largest festivals including CubaDupa, TSB Festival of Lights, and Luminate, Their debut album, “Going For Broke” received glowing press in Songlines and The New Zealand Herald.
Upon returning to the UK at the end of 2021 as Purbeck Rising winners, they released their 2nd album ‘Antipody’ and spent another joyous year as musical nomads before returning to base themselves in Manchester. In just their first year, they toured relentlessly in their red van 'Laurie Vanderson' including performances at Manchester Folk Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival and Purbeck Valley and much more.
"Wonderfully Quirky, and Exceptionally Talented"
Unheard NZ (★★★★★)
“Revved up folkies with great energy and spirit”
13th Floor (★★★★★)
“This duo has an infectious energy and joy that's impossible to resist'' - Folk Radio UK
Winners - Purbeck Rising Competition (Purbeck Valley Folk Festival)
Nomination for Creative New Zealand's 'Arts for All' award for Access.