Once in a while a band appears that strikes a chord with many. Their music becomes an integral part of a nation's psyche and the soundtrack to many people's lives. Ingrained in the hearts of many is one such band, The Beautiful South. Over 3 decades this band became a household name, selling over 15 million albums.
On disbanding in 2007, original members Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler went on to form The South and with mainstays Damon Butcher and Gaz Birtles (keyboards and brass since the very beginning of The Beautiful South): this talented 9 piece continue to celebrate the music of the Beautiful South and take on the challenge of creating new material for the band.
Now with one highly acclaimed album 'Sweet Refrains' under their belt, The South are ramping up a gear for what has been an amazing few years!
With a marathon 64 gigs last year, there's life in the old dogs yet!
Their rich tapestry of music is wooing audiences far and wide, as they continue to receive ovations from all corners of the UK. People keep coming back again and again on the very same tour, so these guys are obviously doing something right!
Want a brilliant night out? Want a moment of euphoria as old memories flood back and new ones are formed?
With both old and new tunes that stand the test of time, experience this amazing live band performing great songs from Sweet Refrains and classics that can never be forgotten: including Perfect 10, A Little Time, Rotterdam, Don't Marry Her, You Keep It All In, to name but a few.
You'll be surprised at how many songs you already know! Isn't it time you headed South?
THE SOUTH were borne from the ashes of The Beautiful South after they split in 2007.
After 20 years, ten studio albums, three greatest hits compilations, thirty-four chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans, when time was called on The Beautiful South in 2007, not everyone was ready to leave the party.
Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, lead singers with the band - along with departed songwriter Paul Heaton were having too much fun to get out the pipe and slippers, and so The South was formed. Joining the duo were fellow mainstays from the original touring band: keyboard wizard Damon Butcher and the potent horn section of Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson that brought so much to the live shows. Armed with a sensational back catalogue of hits such as 'Song For Whoever', 'Perfect Ten', 'Rotterdam', 'Don't Marry Her', 'You Keep It All In', 'Old Red Eyes Is Back' and many others, there is a long way to go on this particular road.
This band has history and pedigree. Dave Hemingway's musical career stretches back into the Eighties. He became a founder member of The Beautiful South after the demise of The Housemartins, who had enjoyed a sustained purple patch and many hits before calling it a day in 1988. Whilst bassist Norman Cook went on to become superstar DJ Fat Boy Slim, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway proceeded to form the new band in December 1988. Right from the off, The Beautiful South seemed to defy the normal logic associated with pop bands, not least for the fact that they stayed together for 20 years.
Formed in 1988 The Beautiful South had a string of hit singles such as Old Red Eyes Is Back, Rotterdam, Don't Marry Her, Perfect 10 and number 1 single, A Little Time. Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number 1 and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country's most popular albums ever.
Over the life of the band, they produced many Heaton/Rotheray penned hits and had several number one albums they scored their only number one single with the Dave Hemingway / Briana Corrigan duet 'A Little Time'. A globally successful band, members of The South have performed these songs in front of hordes of fans from Hull to Las Angeles.
The South continued to supply new, fresh, caustic pop on their debut album "Sweet Refrains", which was released in November 2012 on Zoo Records to critical acclaim.
A successful tour of the UK to promote the Sweet Refrains album saw them selling out many venues, proving that fans still want hear the great old tunes as well as the new songs.
Saw them performing live all around the country in Theatres and Festivals including Bingley Live, Rewind North and South, Richmond Live, Purbeck Folk Festival.
Finishing off the year with a 35 date tour of the UK.
Slowing things down this year, the band will be performing a dozen or so festivals and theatres in the UK.
2016 - Busy, busy, busy!