Sunbirds, the new band of The Beautiful South’s Dave Hemingway, continue their rise with the release of a brand new single ‘Make Up Your Mind’ released on Friday 1st September, a feel-good earworm featuring Laura on vocals produced by Nigel Stonier (Fairport Convention, Paul Young, Lindisfarne).

November 2020 saw Sunbirds release ‘Cool To Be Kind’ on the independent label Nectar Records. Kevin Cooper of UK Music Reviews described it as a ‘ a must-have album from an amazing new band’ while John Aizlewood of MOJO called it ‘an album with warmth to spare’.

With the arrival of multi-instrumentalist Chris Offen in 2022, Sunbirds influences have now expanded and range from Americana, 70’s Pop and Folk to Indie Grunge Rock.  A tongue-in-cheek description of the music by the band would be “The Osmonds fight Radiohead while Stevie Nicks holds the coats”.

2023 will see the band continue to grow with the release of their next album ‘A Life Worth Living’ this October and many live dates around the UK.

Being accomplished musicians, this 6-piece love to perform and always pull out all the stops whether it be performing favourites from Cool To Be Kind, showcasing new material from A Life Worth Living, or dropping one or two songs from Dave’s undeniable legacy.

SUNBIRDS are a band very much on the way up as their shows testify. Catch them in small intimate venues while you can, don’t miss out, this band truly soars.

Sunbirds are:

Dave Hemingway – Vocals

Phil Barton – Guitar

Laura Wilcockson – Vocals & Violin

Marc Parnell – Drums

Chris Offen – Guitar & Keyboards

Phil Chapman – Bass

Sunbirds – Autumn / Winter 2023 UK Dates include:

Friday 6 October              BARROW – Underground Music Society

Saturday 7 October          ST HELEN’S – The Citadel

Sunday 8 October            CHESTER – Alexander’s Live

Monday 9 October            NANTWICH – Words & Music Festival

Friday 13 October            SHEFFIELD – Network 3

Friday 20 October             WORTHING – The Factory Live

Saturday 21 October         PORTSMOUTH – Wedgewood Rooms

Sunday 22 October           CHIPPENHAM – Neeld Arts Centre

Monday 23 October          GUILDFORD – The Boileroom

Tuesday 24 October         CAMBRIDGE – Six Six Venue

Thursday 26 October        LONDON – Rough Trade East

Friday 27 October            LEICESTER – The Soundhouse

Saturday 28 October         LINCOLN – Southside

Thursday 9 November       PRESTON – Continental

Friday 10 November         WIRRAL, HESWELL – Big Room Live

Saturday 11 November      BEDFORD – Esquires 

Saturday 18 November      SHIIINE ON FESTIVAL 2023 – Minehead, Butlins

Sunday 19 November        BRISTOL – Folk House (Acoustic Show)

Wednesday 22 November  GLASGOW – Hug and Pint 

Thursday 23 November     KINROSS – Backstage at The Green Hotel 

Thursday 7 December       HULL – New Adelphi Club  

Saturday 9 December       EXETER – Cavern

Sunday 10 December        PENZANCE – Acorn

Monday 11 December       WOLVERHAMPTON – Robin 2

Tickets for all the above shows are available from –

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