This could be Rotterdam or anywhere Liverpool or King George’s Hall! Celebrate The Beautiful South’s Legacy
Join us at King George’s Hall this March to celebrate the legacy of The Beautiful South.
When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments.
Two years later, singers Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler, alongside life long members Damon Butcher (keys), Gaz Birtles (sax) and Tony Robinson (trumpet), came out of retirement and formed the 9 piece band, The South.
And so The South embarked on their journey. Celebrating the Beautiful South legacy and great songs of their own, the band continues performing the classic songs including: A Little Time – the number one single: ‘Perfect 10’, ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Old Red Eyes’, ‘Good as Gold’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’. All performed again live, these songs span an impressive 20 year career starting way back in 1989!
Fast forward to 2017 and its all change. Dave Hemingway announced his retirement from the live music scene, Damon Butcher left behind the band for a life in Ireland and Tony Robinson moved on to pastures new.
It was time for The South to regroup and rethink. With the support from their amazing fans, they were encouraged to strive onward. Right under their nose was an obvious choice. Up stepped long time sax player Gaz Birtles to take centre stage and take over the male vocal duties. As well as performing with The Beautiful South and The South, Gaz has also had success in his own right as a singer songwriter. Quite handy he should also know the back catalogue of Beautiful South songs too!
Also welcomed into the fold was the amazing keyboard player – Andy Price, with years of experience playing along side Ska legend Laurel Aitken, Blues guitar maestro, Ainsley Lister.
The South were also excited to welcome sax player, Su Robinson, to the band. Su has had a wealth of live experience with such legends as Prince Buster, The Specials’ Horace Panters band, Uptown Ska Collective.
Gareth John replaced long time trumpet Tony Robinson, and is now established as a permanent fixture. His past glories include working alongside members of the Happy Mondays, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Specials, Vintage Trouble and many more.
With the new reshuffle complete, The South are a full team again and raring to go! Their live show promises to continue to celebrate and perform the classic Beautiful South songs along with songs from The South’s debut album Sweet Refrains and maybe even new material in the future too.
Come on! Let’s Carry On… Regardless!
The South are:
Alison Wheeler (Vocals), Gaz Birtles (Vocals), Phil Barton (Guitars), Steve Nutter (Bass), Dave Anderson (Drums), Karl Brown (Percussion), Gareth John (Trumpet), Su Robinson (Sax), Andy Price (Keys)