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The South (featuring members of The Beautiful South) to perform at the Cheese & Grain

Following the success of their autumn / winter 2013 UK Tour.  The South make a welcome return to the UK venues, including the Frome Cheese & Grain on Saturday 7th June,  when they return with a ‘Sweet Refrains – Spring / Summer 2014 UK Tour’.

Ex-members of The Beautiful South, Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler will be singing many of those hits including ‘A Little Time’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’, ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Good as Gold’, ‘Perfect 10’ and many more from the back catalogue.

This nine piece band will also be performing several songs from their wonderfully received debut album as The South, Sweet Refrains (available on iTunes and Amazon).

History – from The Housemartins to The Beautiful South to The South: Formed in 1988, The Beautiful South had a string of hit singles such as ‘Old Red Eyes Is Back’, ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’, ‘Perfect 10’ and Number One single ‘A Little Time’. Their greatest hits album, ‘Carry On Up The Charts’, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number One and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country’s most popular albums ever.

After 20 years, 10 studio albums, five greatest hits compilations, 34 chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans, when time was called on The Beautiful South in 2008, not everyone was ready to leave the party.

Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, two of the three lead singers with the band, were having too much fun to get out the pipe and slippers, and so The South was formed. Joining the duo were fellow mainstays from the original touring band: keyboard wizard Damon Butcher and the potent horn section of Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson that brought so much to the live shows. Armed with a sensational back catalogue of hits, there is a long way to go on this particular road.

This band has history and pedigree. Dave Hemingway’s musical career stretches back into the 80s. He became a founder member of The Beautiful South after the demise of The Housemartins, who had enjoyed a sustained purple patch and many hits before calling it a day in 1988. Whilst bassist Norman Cook went on to become superstar DJ Fat Boy Slim, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway proceeded to form the new band in December 1988. Right from the off, The Beautiful South seemed to defy the normal logic associated with pop bands, not least for the fact that they stayed together for 20 years.

Over the life of the band, they produced many self-penned hits and had several number one albums – they scored their only number one single with the Dave Hemingway / Briana Corrigan duet ‘A Little Time’. A globally successful band, members of The South have performed these songs in front of hordes of fans from Hull to Houston. They love the material and know what will keep the fans happy.

Still as Beautiful as they ever were, The South continue the legacy with their own vibrantly singable and acerbically witty pop. As their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Sweet Refrains’, currently available on Zoo Records, confirms.

2014 will see them touring this new collection of songs alongside established favourites from their previous incarnation. The South are rightly extremely proud of their history – and their future looks very bright.

The South will be performing at the Cheese & Grain on Saturday 7th June. Doors: 8.00pm. Tickets: £21 advance/£25 door. Box office: 01373 455420 –