Rare chance to see singer-songwriters

James Walsh
James Walsh

MUSIC fans hoping to see one of Wigan’s most successful singer-songwriters at a hometown gig should move fast to snap up their tickets.

Former Starsailor frontman James Walsh returns to Indiependence later this month, and the promoters are warning the gig is already quickly moving towards selling out.

James, 32, will appear at the King Street West venue to perform tracks from his new album Lullaby alongside his classic songs.

The former Wigan and Leigh College student became internationally renowned with Starsailor, whose sound showcased his distinctive vocal style and talent on guitar and piano.

Promoter Mike Vaughan said: “It’s great to get an artist like James Walsh down here at Indiependence. Starsailor are a favourite of a lot of our customers so it’s something that everyone is really looking forward to.

“James is looking forward to this more than most of his gigs as he’s not played his hometown in a while. This one is definitely going to be a sell out.”

Starsailor were hailed as the new Coldplay for their fragile and lovelorn yet also epic songs, selling more than three million albums while opening for the likes of U2.

Since putting the band on extended hold James’s career as a solo artist has seen him experiment and stretch his songwriting, recording his debut album away from the band with the help of a Norwegian chamber orchestra.

His material has also notably changed since his Starsailor days, with the influence of singer-songwriters such as Rufus Wainwright finding its way into the music.

James Walsh plays at Indiependence on Saturday, October 27, starting at 8pm, with support from Freedom of the City and Inside View. Tickets are £8 and available from www.skiddle.com