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Musician, vocalist and songwriter for the Housemartins and Beautiful South, Dave Hemingway was born 20 September 1960, Hull, Yorkshire, England) . He attended Hull’s Henry Cooper School, where he met The Housemartins’ future drummer, Hugh Whitaker. The two shared an interest in drumming, and 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).

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 forming “The South” in 2008, Hemingway along with Alison Wheeler from the original Beautiful South line-up, released their first album since 2006 entitled Sweet Refrains.

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