SUNBIRDS! The Beautiful South’s co-founder Dave Hemingway’s new band + Olivia Dacre

Date(s) - 06/10/2023 - 07/10/2023
7:00 pm - 1:00 am


Underground Music Society, Carlisle Street Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1QT

The man who once told us he loved us from the bottom of his pencil case, founder
Beautiful South member Dave Hemingway returns with his new band SUNBIRDS. Support comes from the extremely talented Olivia Dacre.

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

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, openhearted, 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 song writing” – Classic Pop Magazine
“An album with warmth to spare” – MOJO Magazine

Sunbirds ‘Cool To Be Kind’ debut album is out now available on Spotify, Apple Music,
Deezer, Amazon UK & Music, all HMV stores and via the website –

With support from Olivia Dacre – BANDCAMP