The South roll back the years in Brewery gig

The South performed at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on Friday night.
The South performed at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on Friday night.
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A night at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal with The South was a fun trip down memory lane.

Made up of some of the former members of The Beautiful South, including vocalists Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler, the band ploughed through a set list as long as your arm of recognisable hits, providing an evening of singalong entertainment.

The Beautiful South had a lengthy back catalogue of hits, and The South didn’t disappoint, working their way through them at breakneck speed.

They were all there, including Old Red Eyes Is Back, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, 36D, Prettiest Eyes, Perfect 10 and We Are Each Other.

The lesser known and darker song, Woman In The Wall, also got an airing.

Song For Whoever and the band’s only number one single, A Little Time, got the biggest cheers of the night.

Unfortunately the sound seemed a little off at the start of the set, and for the first couple of songs I strained to hear the vocals above the instruments, even from fairly close to the stage.

As a band which relies heavily on their distinctive sound and lyrics, this was a real shame, but it was soon fixed.

And from then on the night was a big success. The audience was clearly having a great time, with people of all ages singing and swaying along wherever you looked.

It was a warm evening and the temperature soared inside The Brewery as everyone got into the music.

In addition to the well known Beautiful South songs and a cover of Dream A Little Dream, the band also tried out a handful of new material from their album, Sweet Refrain. It was catchy while not being instantly recognisable as coming from former Beautiful South artists.

The night ended on a high note, with Good As Gold (Stupid As Mud), before everyone filtered out, still humming away.