The South

Friday 23rd March
Bar: 7:00pm / Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £19.50 Standing
Seating: Concert Standing
Plus Special Guest Chloe Reynolds

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 just yet…

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 has announced his retirement from the live music scene, Damon Butcher now resides in Ireland thereby leaving the band and Tony Robinson has moved on to pastures new.

It was time for The South to regroup and have a rethink. With the support from their amazing fans, they were encouraged to strive onwards. 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 within 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, comes the amazing keyboard player - Andy Price, with years of experience playing along side Ska legend Laurel Aitken, Blues guitar maestro, Ainsley Lister. Happy Mondays' Bez. The Drifters. Jersey Budd

We are also excited to welcome to the band the new sax player Su Robinson. Su has had a wealth of live experience with such legends as Prince Buster, The Specials' Horace Panters band, Uptown Ska Collective as well as sitting in with The South on the few occasions Gaz Birtles couldn't make it.

Long time trumpet replacement for Tony Robinson, Gareth John, 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)

Plus special guest Chloe Reynolds

Gloucester-based Christian singer songwriter Chloe Reynolds has forged a strong musical reputation since her debut, earning comparisons with Joni Mitchell, Alicia Keys and Lou Fellingham. Her music has been heard on BBC Radio 2, UCB, Premier Radio and more. She has sold out headline concerts, and appeared at the 2017 Great Escape Festival - the UK’s largest music industry showcase.

Chloe’s debut album, Broken Beautiful, was released in September 2016 to instant acclaim. These are bold, moving songs - vivid tales of redemption that are unafraid of taking the listener on a journey of hope.

Chloe kicked off the launch of her debut album with a 27 date tour, a No.1 in the UK Christian Chart and a music video which reached 35,000 views in the first week. She then went on to tour the album as support act for Marti Pellow, and later, for Anastacia across the UK. Releasing her second album, I AM BRAVE just a year after the first, Chloe was back out on the road supporting Lulu on an impressive 44 date UK tour. The sky is the limit for this one!

Chloe has recently become an ambassador for Compassion and aims to get 100 children sponsored this year.

What the press are saying: "Voice of an angel."

“It was a privilege to hear Broken Beautiful”
Fern Britton, BBC Radio 2