He loves the birds - The Beautiful South's David Rotheray brings birdsong and rural rhythms on summer 2010 UK tour

Posted: 26th July 2010

The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South

Of course I should have inserted the prefix-word 'ex' in front of The Beautiful South because David Rotheray left the chart-topping band some time ago having opted out of joining New Beautiful South and The South (the two later incarnations). Instead, the guitarist has been working with Sam Brown under the guise of Homespun (which he was doing as a side project to his hit-making contributions, however after a change of vocalist from Brown to Helen McRobbie, he has plumped for the solo-life - well, almost.

His debut solo-album is due for release on August 16th and features several collaborations with a considerable roster of folk luminaries such as Eliza Carthy, Kathryn Williams, Eleanor McEvoy and Alasdair Roberts. Called "The Life Of Birds", the songs within deal with all form of human emotion with an ongoing theme of all things winged. There'll be a review of the album up soon, but meanwhile there is the small matter of a tour to mention.

Rotheray will be joined by a few guests for the tour which begins in Hull (12th August), followed by Newcastle (13th), Nottingham (14th), Bristol (15th) and London (16th), with tickets on sale now priced at £10 - £12.

You can be sure of plenty of quality strum n grace from the man who co-wrote "Song for Whoever" and "A Little Time" back in the 90s.

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