Tom Hingley

Support from Clea Llewellyn

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Last Show: Sunday 16 th September 2018

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Tom Hingley is the former lead singer of Inspiral Carpets -with the classic line up. For 22 years (1989- 2011) he sang on all their chart hits, appeared on Top of the Pops and toured the world. Tom is releasing a new album in 2018 through a pledge campaign called ‘I Love My Job’ with his electric band , the Tom Hingley Band, his Inspirals tribute band, the Kar-Pets are releasing a Live DVD/audio album  in autumn 2017 called ‘May Contain Nuts’.

Tom Hingley was lead singer with Madchester band, Inspiral Carpets until 2011. His signature vocal sound can be heard on all the ‘glory days’ hits including ‘This is How it Feels’, and ‘Saturn 5’, and helped catapult the band to stardom in the early nineties. 25 years and 15 top 40 singles later, and Tom continues to enjoy a successful solo career that started with his debut acoustic album, 'Keep Britain Untidy', released in 2000 on Tom’s own label, Newmemorabilia. Tom plays original music; an eclectic mix of Folk, Soul, Gospel and Blues with plenty of heart, as well as acoustic renditions of Inspiral classics. With his inimitable voice, and raw, honest performances - complete with slide guitar! – Tom continues to entertain fans old and new nationwide.

Since then, Tom has released two more soul-searching acoustic albums. 'Thames Valley Delta Blues' in 2009 and the Pledge Music crowdfunded 'Sand' in 2012

Tom and the Kar-Pets played a festival stealing performance at the 2016 Shine On Festival, they have also supported the likes of Embrace, Reverend and the Makers, and shared a pair of maracas with Bez!

Clea Llewellyn is a rootsy soul veteran. Discovered by former Public Image Limited bassist and world-music aficionado Jah Wobble, she toured the USA, Canada and Europe (including big name festivals such as Bestival and WOMAD) and wrote with him from 2005 until 2011. Two songs co-written by Jah Wobble and Clea were released on two of his albums. Their song One Day also made it onto his new album, Redux: Anthology (2015).

In 2014 she released her debut solo album Us Against the World, about which Fatea Magazine said, ‘the more you listen the more you are captivated and drawn in especially by Clea’s very smooth, dreamy and effortless vocals. There are definitely strong hints of Macy Gray (Deepest Fear), Jem, and Dido in these songs.’