Return of the stars

James Walsh of Starsailor

James Walsh of Starsailor

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STARSAILOR are back.

The group, which formed Wigan and Leigh College, began in 2000 and stopped working as a band in 2009, are supporting James at Manchester’s Summer In The City festival on Friday July 11.

Tickets, priced at £35, are available from gigsandtours.com and various other outlets.

The four-piece band gained critical acclaim with their 2001 debut LP Love is Here and further success with 2002’s Silence Is Easy, both number two chart hits.

They went on to record two more albums, enjoying 10 top 40 hits, but 2009’s All The Plans was their last.

Since Starsailor disbanded, members had been busy with their own projects.

Incidently, when asked whether the band would reunite anytime soon in 2012, lead singer James Walsh said: “I can’t see us coming back in the near future. We had an amazing time - almost 10 years together and four albums that we’re proud of.

“It’s important not to outstay your welcome as a band and it was important for the lads to explore life out of Starsailor, too.”

Lead singer James Walsh has been the most prolific, doing solo tours and gigs across the world.

He has also produced solo albums, Lullaby, based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and his most recent offering - Turning Point.

He has also written songs with other artists,

He is now touring Europe with One Republic, where he performs songs from Turning Point. He is currently in Frankfurt.

Warrington bassist James Stelfox) had toured with his band Spirtualised, while keyboard player Barry Westhead and drummer Ben Byrne have been teaching music.