Inspiral Carpets singer goes solo at Rugby club - The Rugby Observer

Inspiral Carpets singer goes solo at Rugby club

Rugby Editorial 3rd Sep, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

INSPIRAL Carpets ex-vocalist Tom Hingley will know ‘how it feels to be lonely’ when he performs solo in Rugby this weekend.

The singer brings his acoustic tour to The West Indian Club, St Peter’s Road on Saturday night (September 5).

The Inspiral Carpets, for whom Noel Gallagher was famously once a roadie, stood alongside the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays as pioneers of the early 90s ‘Madchester’ sound.

Their psychedelic indie sound helped them into the top 20 with singles such as This Is How It Feels, Dragging Me Down, and – alongside Mark E Smith of The Fall – I Want You.




Tom will perform Inspiral Carpets hits alongside material from his solo career and previous band, Tom Hingley and The Lovers.

Second on the bill is Rugby-based singer-songwriter Victoria Major, whose solo set draws on folklore, musicals, opera and poetry as well as the musical influences of Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Tim Buckley.


Victoria is currently planning to record a follow-up to her 2013 debut album, Words from the Cradle.

Opening the show will be Robert Barnett, a 20 year old Rugby guitarist who has been described as a virtuoso on both the electric and the acoustic guitar.

He has drawn high praise for his finger-picking dexterity and intimate vocal delivery, set to the backdrop of many varied alternate tunings.

He is currently working on the third of a series of four EPs, showcasing his songs in the traditions of the folk and blues greats.

DJ sets will be performed by Pete Bassman and Ian Laing.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Entry costs £4 each.

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