The Southern Fold
Kilkenny, County Kilkenny
"THEY CITE Hank Williams and Kurt Cobain as their inspirations, and they seek to communicate messages of truth and honesty through harmony singing and the craft of songwriting in its simplest, purist, form."
- Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser
The Southern Fold are currently putting the finishing touches on their first full length album, scheduled for release in summer 2017. They are also recording their debut single which will be released on limited edition vinyl in July 2017.
Formed by Kilkenny native Emlyn Holden in 2014, and joined by Dubliner Laura Hand as co-vocalist the following year, The Southern Fold began gigging in earnest mainly in the Leinster area performing a number of self penned songs in the alt folk & country/blues vein.
With their debut EP, ‘A True Ascension from the Wayward Path’, released on April 28th, 2016, and new members Frieda Freytag (Fox Owl Crow, Dave Couse) on cello and piano, Joe Maher (The Mariannes) on guitar, and Rob Campbell (Pine the Pilcrow) on cello and bass brought on board to help broaden their sound and introduce more dynamics to the songs, the band have been busy spreading their sound on the Irish gig circuit.
"Sounding a lot like something Australia's roots musician Bill Jackson might have written... This is pretty much as good as anything America can come up with, Americana it is, and well worth hearing."
Frank Gutch Jr. - No Depression
“With some deft touches in songwriting and arrangements, the Southern Fold are a new prospect on the alt‐folk scene here. Ones to keep an eye on.”
The Southern Fold -
Emlyn Holden - Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica
Laura Hand - Vocals
Frieda Freytag - Cello & Piano
Joe Maher - Guitar
Rob Campbell - Cello & Bass