David Rotheray

Born 9/2/1963, Aquarius (Year Of The Rabbit), in Hull, East Yorkshire, the fifth of five children. Before becoming a recording artist and songwriter, David worked at Needler’s sweet factory (fitter’s mate), Sorrento Chip Shop (later “Double Happiness Chinese/English Takeaway”), Willis Ludlow’s Dept Store (floor coverings section, warehouse duties). He also attended Sir Henry Cooper High School (1976-1981) then studied psychology at Hull University (1981-1988), working for 4 years as part of the Educational Technology Research Group.

Played in various local bands from the age of 13 In 1988 formed crypto-vegetarian pop group “The Beautiful South” with songwriting partner Paul Heaton, and signed to Go! Discs records. Over the next 19 years the band released ten albums plus various compilations, most famously “Carry On Up The Charts” (1995). The Beautiful South finally split up in 2007. Also formed the acoustic folk band ‘Homespun’ as a side project in 2003, and released 3 albums on own “Homespun Recordings” label. Homespun split in 2008.

David Rotheray has announced the release of his first ever album under his own name for August 16th 2010, on the well-known “Proper Music” imprint. Entitled “The Life Of Birds” the record is apparently intended as a ‘modern folk concept album’. Although a ‘solo’ effort, the record in fact features collaborations with ten different singer/songwriters drawn from the contemporary scene: Kathryn Williams, Alasdair Roberts, Jim Causley, Eliza Carthy, Camille O’Sullivan, Bella Hardy, Julie Murphy, Nat Johnson, Eleanor McEvoy and Jack L.

Despite the array of talents on show, this is in no sense a compilation album: Rotheray has arranged and produced all the tracks, and contributed all the lyrics, which follow a vaguely ornithological theme (eg “The Sparrow, The Thrush & The Nightingale, sung by Jim Causley; “Crows, Ravens & Rooks”, sung by Kathryn Williams; “The Digital Cuckoo”, sung by Bella Hardy). David has announced some gigs for the summer of 2010, to coincide with the release of “The Life Of Birds”.