My Music DNA: Dave Hemmingway of Sunbirds

Sunbirds debut album Cool To Be Kind is released on Friday 27th November via Nectar Records.

The creation of Beautiful South founder Dave Hemmingway and guitarist, songwriter and collaborator Phil Barton, Sunbirds’ Cool To Be Kind signals the arrival of new songs and a new sound. Produced by Teo Miller, the album captures truthful, open-hearted, funny and sometimes painfully honest songs.

The Sunbirds line-up is completed by Laura Wilcockson on vocals and violin and legendary UK session drummer, Marc Parnell.

Sunbirds are Marc Parnell, Laura Wilcockson, Dave Hemmingway and Phil Barton

In the first of four Music DNA features featuring individual members of Sunbirds, Andy Howells chats to Dave Hemmingway about the music that has inspired his life and career in music.

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles, Sgt Pepper album, I was 6.

What was the first single or download you bought?        

Ben by Michael Jackson, downloads weren’t around in the 70’s.

What was the first album you owned?

Beatles – Blue / Red albums ‘All The Hits’. (Beatles 1962-66, Beatles 1967-70)

What’s your constant go to track?

Old Brown Shoe by The Beatles (A George Harrison Song).

What’s your constant go to album?

Setting Sons by The Jam.

Who’s your latest music discovery?        

Phil Barton.

What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?

Sunbirds’ Stars Still Shine.

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