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"The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls Names, Southern"

It's a glorious sunny evening and it seems a pity to be heading indoors to The Stiff Kitten. Thankfully the promoter, Red Roof, has struck gold once more by bringing another fantastic, yet underrated band to Belfast.
Fresh from a successful E.P. launch in the Mandela Hall last week, Southern are the opening act this evening, but only a handful of people mill around during their set, the youthful trio showering our sun-kissed heads with soulful, uplifting, summery vibes. Making their music with only a minimalist drum kit, acoustic guitar and soaring harmonies from siblings Thom and Lucy Southern, they have a surprisingly full-bodied sound. They nail a cover of Angus and Julia Stone's 'Big Jet Plane' and round off the set with the country tinged, foot stomping tune 'World Don't Shine'. - BBC Across the Line

"Live Review: Desert Hearts, The Holy Innocents, Southern at QUB"

Thursday night has rolled round again and it’s time for this week’s Radar. Opening up proceedings to a scattered few, Southern take to the stage, this time however as a two piece. Tonight they are minus the vocal talents of female singer Lucy Southern; apparently due to exhaustion. Absentees aside however, Southern has gained a new member, drummer Gerry Morgan, performing tonight for the first time live, he makes for a great addition to the indie-folk stylings of Southern. Inventive and tasteful, Gerry adds a mixture of brush technique and a cowbell thrown in for good measure, providing a great percussive bedding for Thom‘s soft vocal and jangly guitar.
After some slightly awkward band plugging, Thom and Gerry plough on through their set, that as two piece, provides a rather interesting slant on Southern‘s material. People Said showcases Thom‘s ability to write an upbeat, pop gem of song that carries through beautifully tonight with Gerry‘s drum beats and fills. Unfortunately this early in the night, there just isn’t the audience that Southern deserve, however as Gerry leaves the stage for Thom to perform the slow ballad Remember, it is easy to see just how much talent this young artist has and how he manages to hold his own over the loud ramblings of the crowd. Southern, whilst still finding their sound have all the time in the world to do so and with such a solid foundation in Thom‘s songwriting it is not hard to see why they are on the rise.
- All Gone Pop


World Don't Shine EP - Self released May 2011



SOUTHERN are a musical trio consisting of brother/sister Thom and Lucy Southern and drummer Gerry Morgan. Their music is a mixture of Alternative, Acoustic/Electric Indie which drifts into a modern style of folk/bluegrass.

So far SOUTHERN have played with artists such as Pete Doherty, Steve Harley, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Willy Mason, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Nathaniel Rateliff, Duke Special, Foy Vance, Raul Malo, Mundy and Iain Archer.

Thom Southern produced/mixed his band, Southern’s debut EP ‘World Don’t Shine’ in his bedroom where it was released in Belfast at a sold out semi-seated 'Mandela Hall' show May 2011. The debut EP was heavily played on Radio stations all over the UK with a few spot plays on well known stations such as Q Radio.

From here things have gained a greater level of interest, having recently finalized a set of new demos at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, Southern have gained a high level of interest from both well respected Independent and Major UK record labels.

'Southern are the single most promising singer/songwriters in Ireland today' (Gerry Anderson - BBC Radio Ulster)

"Southern make me feel as though they're singing just to me, providing the soundtrack to my day as if they wrote these songs just for me to hear. It shouldn't be long before the world is feeling just like this. Bringing ethereal soulful pop to the mainstream". (Radio 1 BBC Introducing)

"Those guys were insane!!!" (Billy Lunn - The Subways)

"Armed with some infectious blues-tinged hooks, but with a fresh approach, Southern have the sound, look and attitude to back up a serious challenge." (BBC Radio Ulster ATL)