The Sundowners

The Wirral is well known as a hotbed of musical talent and The Sundowners are the latest guitar toting act to prove it. Led by Niamh Rowe and Fiona Skelly, the band take the best bits of Fleetwood Mac and The Byrds to help cook up their psychedelic folk-rock. The band have done much to spread the word outside the ‘Paradise Peninsula’ including a performance at the weekend’s Glastonbury Festival and great new single Don’t Come Knocking..

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 1 Jul 2013
  • min read













Great haircuts often go hand in hand with great tunes. And if that maxim rings true, then you’ll fall for the charms of The Sundowners without the five piece guitar act even playing you a note. 

Thankfully their brand of summery rock and roll stands up to more serious scrutiny. The group, which consists of Niamh Rowe (vocals & guitar) Fiona Skelly (vocals & guitar) Alfie Skelly (lead guitar) Tim Cunningham (bass & backing vocals) Jim Sharrock (drums), is the latest guitar band to emerge from the Wirral and enhance the reputation of the ‘Paradise Peninsula’ as a breeding ground for new musical talent.

With connections to the Coral (Alfie and Fiona are part of the Skelly family while James and Ian from the band and family have both produced their music), The Sundowners deal in a similar kind of flare wearing psychedelic folk-rock. It's seen the group win themselves fans all over the UK by touring up and down the country over the last 18 months. All their hard work lead to a well-received set at the Glastonbury Festival and support slots with Ren Harvieum, Ian Skelly and Cats Eyes in London.

Don’t Come Knocking is the band’s new single and was recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool with James and Ian Skelly behind the controls. The pair have helped The Sundowners nail their Byrds-esque sound which conjures up images of open roads and hazy summer nights. If it's an indicator of what's to come, then you need to keep your ears peeled for more action from the band in 2013.