Bar & Theatre

28 Parliament Street, Kilkenny

The Southern Fold



In stock

“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

Formed by Kilkenny native Emlyn Holden in 2014, The Southern Fold have a self released EP and full length album behind them and an impressive history of gigging that has taken their Alt. Folk / Gothic Country Blues sound all over Ireland and across the pond to the UK.

Their debut EP, ‘A True Ascension from the Wayward Path’, was released in April 2016, with cello, piano and electric guitar added to the mix. This was followed by full length LP ‘Bible Fear’ released in October 2019 with full band, after which the group found themselves on a forced hiatus during the Covid pandemic. Taking a temporary break from the live circuit, Holden has been hard at work behind the scenes and a new batch of songs have been written and recording is currently under way. A new single, ‘Nothing to Fear’ was released in March, 2024 to positive reviews. More singles and an album are set to follow throughout the year. November 2023 also saw a return to the live stage with a new 6 piece full band lineup which also had a successful appearance at Kilkenny Roots Festival in May 2024 playing to a capacity crowd.

“‘Nothing to Fear’ stands as a testament to The Southern Fold’s artistry and musical prowess. With its enchanting melodies and beautiful lyrics, the single offers a glimpse into their captivating world, leaving listeners eagerly anticipating their forthcoming album. As they continue to push boundaries and captivate audiences, The Southern Fold solidifies their position as one of Ireland’s most intriguing musical acts.”

Saoirse Murphy – Pure M Zine

“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… well worth hearing.”

Frank Gutch Jr. – No Depression