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The Beautiful South's Dave Hemingway and his new band Sunbirds

With support from Lee Rasdall-Dove Band and Picture House

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The Beautiful South's Dave Hemingway and his new band Sunbirds
The Beautiful South's Dave Hemingway and his new band Sunbirds

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24 Mar 2023, 19:00

Bournemouth, 14a Commercial Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5LP, UK

About the Event

Having retired from the live scene at the back end of 2016, Dave has been keeping busy together with erstwhile South colleague, guitarist/songwriter Phil Barton, new discovery singer/violinist Laura Wilcockson and drummer Marc Parnell.

‘Cool To Be Kind’ was released in November 2020, on the independent label Nectar Records signalling the arrival of Sunbirds with new songs and a new sound. Although born and bred in England, the band's sound predominantly features the instrumentation of traditional American roots music combined with the occasional outburst of guitar-heavy melody more associated with Seattle in the late 80's/early '90s. However, you can only sing about what you know. “Although a lot of the songs have an Americana feel” says Dave “they’re still about life in England. You’re going to feel a bit daft singing about pick-up trucks and low-down honky-tonks when you live in Yorkshire.”

Their debut album produced by cult producer Teo Miller captures truthful, open-hearted, funny and sometimes painfully honest songs, turning the page to a new chapter for Dave Hemingway and The Beautiful South story.

‘Cool To Be Kind’ is the result of a few transitional years in Dave and Phil’s individual personal worlds. It tells tales that cover contemporary themes as well as age-old matters of the heart and soul - all viewed through the bottom of a recently drained pint glass.

“Now we’re Sunbirds we’re free to dig a little deeper into ourselves”, says Phil “having said that, there’s no exact science here, we’re just enjoying ourselves and expressing whatever we want whether it’s about love, longing, depression or Gary Lineker’s crisp adverts”.

“Cool To Be Kind is a must-have album which helps us forget the pandemic and lust after the days where this amazing new band can deliver their songs live” - UK Music Reviews

“A highpoint of it’s rootier ilk” - We Are Cult

“Appealingly understated songwriting” - Classic Pop Magazine

“An album with warmth to spare” - MOJO Magazine

Sunbirds are:  Dave Hemingway – Vocals Phil Barton – Guitar Laura Wilcockson – Vocals & Violin Marc Parnell – Drums Chris Offen – Guitar & Keyboards Jerry Jobson - Bass

For more information on Sunbirds, please visit the links below:

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Video link‘Meet You On The Northside’ 

Lee Rasdall-Dove Band:

Lee’s Debut Album “Out At Sea” Released on the 24th of June 2022 sees his return to online streaming services with a whole new 10-track Album. All Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by himself from his home studio. Three singles (None Of Us Do, Put The Kettle On and Fooled Again) were released in the run-up to the album and received local airplay on Forest Fm by Host Ian Bennet and played on Vulcan Sound Radio, And-Radio Southampton and Forest Fm by host Matt Black. The Album is a mix of brand-new songs, and some older songs but in an all-new light with Full band versions to bring them to life. Lee started recording the album back in late 2019 from home when work was unavailable this gave him the time to focus on a goal and do something he has always wanted to achieve. Lee is excited to get the band together and showcase the album live and bring his music to new listeners. 

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Picture House:

Picture House are a DIY indie/dreampop band from Southampton, taking inspiration from US indie, grunge and shoegaze. The band have had support from BBC Introducing with tracks aired on BBC Radio 1 and BBC6 Music. Picture House are competing in the quarter-finals of The Isle of Wight Festival’s New Blood competition this year, and has an exciting Summer of live shows ahead.

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