An Inspiral-ational show: Tom Hingley, ex-Inspiral Carpets, plays Rugby

Tom Hingley
Tom Hingley

He was lead singer in one of the most influential bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s – and now Tom Hingley is performing in Rugby as part of a night of intriguing music.

Tom, the ex-vocalist of Manchester band Inspiral Carpets, brings his acoustic tour to the West Indian Club on Saturday September 5.

Alongside the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, the Inspirals pushed the independent music scene into the mainstream of popular culture, being at the forefront of the ‘Madchester’ movement. They went on to and enjoyed international success, with their 1990 single, This is How it Feels and album, Life. They were regulars on Top of the Pops and helped inspire a new generation of bands, including The Charlatans, Blur, The Verve and Oasis, while Noel Gallagher of Oasis had been roadie for the Inspirals.

Since 2011, Tom has continued to tour his solo acoustic set and perform with his band, playing Inspiral Carpets’ hits and material from his solo career and his previous band, Tom Hingley and The Lovers. Alongside playing live, recording and being an author, Tom also lectures in ‘professional studies in music’ at Salford University.

He’s joined on the bill by Victoria Major, a songwriter and performer based in Rugby. Influences include folklore, musicals, opera and poetry from various areas of Europe and America, while influential musicians on Victoria’s style include Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Tim Buckley.

Also playing is Robert Barnett, a 20-year-old guitarist hailing from Rugby, who has received acclaim for his finger-picking dexterity and intimate vocal delivery, set to the backdrop of many varied alternate tunings.

The evening includes DJ sets from Pete Bassman and Ian Laing.

Tickets are £4 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm.