The Southern Fold


"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 in south east Ireland 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 performing a number of self penned songs in the alternative Folk / country-blues vein.

Their debut EP, ‘A True Ascension from the Wayward Path’ was released on 28th April, 2016.  At this time they brought aboard new members Frieda Freytag (Dave Couse, Fox Owl Crow) on Cello & Piano, Joe Maher (The Mariannes) on Guitar and Rob Campbell (Pine the Pilcrow) on Cello & Upright Bass.  This helped broaden their sound and introduce more dynamics to the songs.  The band have been busy on the Irish gig circuit playing such venues in Dublin as Whelan’s, the Underground, the Workman’s Club, Thomas House and Bloom in the Park.  Also playing venues outside of Dublin like The Watergate Theatre, Set Theatre and Cleere’s of Kilkenny, Monroe’s of Galway and Kenny’s of Lahinch.

As of May 2018, they are putting the finishing touches to writing a new (double?!) album which will hopefully see the light of day in the near future.  They are also preparing for some summer gigs including Vantastival and a couple of YouBloom dates.


The Southern Fold

(included all of the following good people at one point or another):


Emlyn Holden - Vocals / Guitar/ Harmonica

Laura Hand - Vocals

Joe Maher - Guitar

Frieda Freytag - Cello & Piano

Rob Campbell - Cello & Upright Bass

Conor Schweini - Electric Bass

Jamie Fitzpatrick - Drums

Ella Englishby - Cello





A True Ascension From The Wayward Path

- Self-released ep

April 2016