Sunbirds debut album Cool To Be Kind is released on Friday 27th November via Nectar Records.
Led by Beautiful South founder Dave Hemmingway with guitarist, songwriter and collaborator Phil Barton, Sunbirds’ Cool To Be Kind is produced by Teo Miller and 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.
In the second of four individual interviews with members of Sunbirds, Andy Howells puts questions to Phil Barton about the music that has inspired his life and career in music.
What was the first song that made an impact on you?
Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty
What was the first single you bought?
What was the first album you owned?
Out Of The Blue by Electric Light Orchestra. It cost me £5.35 and was on blue vinyl!
What’s your constant go to track?
Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
What’s your constant go to album?
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Who’s your latest music discovery?
What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?
Sunbirds’ When I’m Gone.