Folk Bands and Artists
The Southern Companion
The Southern Companion are a Country and Americana band from the South Coast of England. Their sound is a fusion of all the music they love,“ a sonic whirlpool where the UK and US currents meet“. They are a band on the rise, recent winners of two British Country Music awards (The Horizon (best newcomer) and Album of The Year for ´1000 Days of Rain´). At the very beating heart of the band is their singer-songwriter and lead vocalist Darren Hodson.
The band´s collective CV is long and varied with individual members having played for Tom Jones, Lulu, Rumer, James Morrison, Lana Del Ray, Pete Townsend (The Who), Jon Allen, John Isley and Vanessa May amongst others. They have played together on and off for over 20 years in various projects which all finally lead to The Southern Companion and the album ´1000 Days of Rain´.
In 2015 Darren toured the UK and Europe as the support act and guitarist for Rumer, including a career highlight opening at The City Winery in Nashville to a “roof raising“ reception. Also in 2015 the band stormed the CM&T International Artist chart with the single “Drive“ peaking at Number 3 twice! 2016 saw the bands best year so far with a UK tour supporting Lulu and numerous festival appearances including Europe´s biggest Country Festival Country 2 Country at the O2 in London.
The next few months will be busy for the band as they are currently recording their third album, which is due to be released in 2017.
**** Americana blend that delivers a lot of impressive moments (Maverick Magazine)