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 announcing a December 2022 UK Tour. 

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 90’s.

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”.

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 –  

Sunbirds are:

Dave Hemingway – Vocals

Phil Barton – Guitar

Laura Wilcockson – Vocals & Violin

Marc Parnell – Drums

Chris Offen – Guitar & Keyboards

Jerry Jobson – Bass

SUNBIRDS – December 2022 UK Tour Dates:

Thursday 1st December 2022

LEAMINGTON SPA – Temperance  (SOLD OUT)      

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Doors open – 7.00pm

Ticket Price – £14.00

Friday 2nd December 2022

BARNOLDSWICK – Music & Arts Centre       

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Doors open – 7.00pm

Ticket Price – £20.00

Saturday 3rd December 2022

STOCKPORT – The Spinning Top        

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Doors open – 7.00pm / Start time – 9.00pm

Ticket Price – £9.00 advance / £14.00 on the door if available

Age – 16+

Sunday 4th December 2022

HULL – Adelphi Club       

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Doors open – 8.00pm / Showtime – 8.30pm

Ticket Price – £12.50

Monday 5th December 2022


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Doors open – 7.30pm

Ticket Price – £12.00 advance

Tuesday 6th December 2022


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Doors open – 7.00pm / Starts – 8.00pm

Ticket Price – £10.00

Wednesday 7th December 2022

KINROSS – Backstage At The Green Hotel  

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Doors open – 7.00pm / Starts – 8.00pm

Ticket Price – £20.00

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





‘Meet You On The Northside’ video link (Debut Single) –  

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