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Muddy chats to Dave Hemingway

Dave Hemingway, founder of The Beautiful South returns to Leicester with his new band, Sunbirds. We caught up with him to talk about his new album, Glastonbury and err underpants.

He once told you he loved you from the bottom of his pencil case and now founder of The Beautiful South is back!

Hi Dave. What have you been doing for last few years?

I’ve been pretty quiet for the last few years. l think l was waiting for the right songs to come along to get me going again and l certainly think l have found them now with Sunbirds.

One of the most embarrassing things you’ve done?

I got the words wrong to ‘song for whoever’ while playing the main stage at Glastonbury.

The most rock’n’roll moment in your life?

That involves some underpants and a grand piano in the foyer of the Ramada hotel in Oxford Street.

The most famous person you’ve met?

Morrissey in New York but l have played football alongside Bobby Moore.

Describe your new band Sunbirds.

Good songs, good people, good times.

What’s the one album you can listen to over and over again?

Abbey Road by the Beatles.

Tell us about your new album ‘Cool To Be Kind.’

The new album (our debut album) is a collection of original songs inspired by quite a few styles which have been personal favourites over the years. Indie, Country etc and could maybe been called ‘Americana’, except that we don’t live in America. So it has that feel, but songs about subjects closer to home. Hopefully people will know what we mean.

Do you have a fave song on the album?

Stars Still Shine is a song which resonates with me because of the situation I currently find myself in. I’ll leave it at that, I’ll get me coat.

How do Sunbirds compare to The Beautiful South?

Obviously, it’s been a long time since TBS finished, 13 years in fact. Sunbirds have their own direction, different and diverse band members and comparisons are pointless. Hopefully we can create our own musical niche with good songs and we look forward to having a new audience to hear them.

What are your plans for the future?

Musical world domination! Failing that, getting played on Radio 2.

Sunbirds are performing at The Musician on Friday 29 July 2022. 

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