Dave Hemingway

born on 20/9/1960 in Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Dave Hemingway

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Dave Hemingway (born David Robert Hemingway, 20 September 1960, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England), is an English musician and songwriter, and was a vocalist for the Hull-based band The Beautiful South until they disbanded in 2007. Previously, he had been a member of The Housemartins.

Hemingway was born to Harry Hemingway, a lorry driver and local comedian on the club circuit, and Flo Hemingway, who was one of Hull's best-known barmaids.[1] In Hull's Henry Cooper School, Hemingway was in the same class as The Housemartins' future drummer, Hugh Whitaker. The two shared an interest in drumming, and one day, when the class were asked who would like to learn drums, they put their hands up first. Hemingway followed Whitaker into bands, first the Newpolitans with Dave Rotheray on bass, and then the Velvetones. Whilst at university in London Dave was drummer and a founding member of The Shoppers. It became a well regarded post-punk band (Steve Brain guitar/ lead vocals Maxine Tarte keyboards/ vocals Gavin Hearne lead guitar/vocals Christos Yanni bass/ vocals). Dave's drumming skills can be heard on their first demo.

His break came when he got a call from Rotheray telling him Whitaker had left The Housemartins. Rotheray recommended him to Housemartins guitarist Stan Cullimore, who phoned him. He was working as a purchase ledger clerk at the time for the Crystal Motor Group. Hemingway quit his job on 6 March 1987, and soon found himself in the studio, recording the band's second album, The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death.

After the Housemartins disbanded, he and Housemartins founder Paul Heaton put together the Beautiful South from its ashes, featuring roadie and bassist Sean Welch.

Hemingway's first solo album, Hello Cruel World, was released as a download only on iTunes. The album's title was inspired by Hemingway's experience recording in the capital.

After reforming "The South" in 2012, Hemingway along with Alison Wheeler, Gaz Burtles and more from the original Beautiful South lineup are releasing their first album since 2006 entitled "Sweet Refrains".


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  • Pattenden, Michael (1999) Last Orders at the Liars Bar. ISBN 0-575-06739-X
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