(Band members – left to right:  Marc Parnell, Laura Wilcockson, Dave Hemingway and Phil Barton)

Beautiful South’s co-founder Dave Hemingway’s new band SUNBIRDS play York

Beautiful South’s co-founder Dave Hemingway’s new band SUNBIRDS play York


24 June 2022    
7:30pm - 10:30pm


The Crescent York
8 The Crescent, York, , York, England, YO24 1AW

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The Beautiful South’s co-founder Dave Hemingway’s new band SUNBIRDS play DONCASTER – Leopard this Friday 17th June / HULL – New Adelphi Club this Saturday 18th June and YORK – Crescent next Friday 24th June 2022! 

To coincide with their Summer 2022 shows, Sunbirds have just released their 2nd single ‘GENE KELLY’.  The song paints a picture of a rainy, wintery night in a working class town, but our hero doesn’t care, he’s just positively enjoying the scene.

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 playing Doncaster – Leopard on Friday 17th June, Hull – New Adelphi Club on Saturday 18th June and York – Crescent on Friday 24th June 2022.

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”.

“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 –

Sunbirds are:

Dave Hemingway – Vocals

Phil Barton – Guitar

Laura Wilcockson – Vocals & Violin

Marc Parnell – Drums


Friday 24th June 2022

YORK – Crescent

Website –  and

Doors open – 7.30pm

Age restriction – 16+

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





‘Meet You On The Northside’ video link –


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