Thursday, 24 November 2016

Starsailor announce UK Headline Tour in December 2016




Starsailor announce a ten date UK tour in December kicking off on 11th December in Leamington Spa and finishing in Aberdeen on 23rd December.

'We can't wait to get out on tour again in December. We've been busy working on some new tunes & we can't wait to road-test a couple of them for the fans along with the old favourites. Will be great to play some venues we haven't played before too' - James Walsh.


Starsailor’s initial run of success saw both their ‘Love is Here’ debut album and the 2003 follow-up ‘Silence is Easy’ hit #2 on the charts as they raced to a total of 3 million sales. After a five-year hiatus, the band reformed in 2014, enjoying triumphant festival performances at the Isle of Wight Festival and V Festival, plus special guest to James on their UK tour. 2015 saw them tour in China, Korea, and a co-headline tour of the US and Canada with Embrace.


Their return was swiftly followed by the release of their biggest hits through ‘Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ (released in September 2015 on Parlophone). The album was accompanied by the band’s first headline UK and European tour since 2009.


The album kicked off with the band’s three biggest hits in the shape of ‘Good Souls’ (#12), ‘Silence is Easy’ (#9) and ‘Alcoholic’ (#10). In addition to those tracks, the album featured a further seven Top 40 hits, as well as two brand new tracks ‘Give Up The Ghost’ and ‘Hold On’.


“It's been over 15 years since the band first formed and the songs still mean something to people,” says frontman James Walsh. “They still sing the words passionately back at us at gigs. We hear stories of how songs have soundtracked key moments in their lives” - James Walsh
and were clearly in love with rock 'n' roll and all its possibilities."
James Walsh (vocals/guitar,) James Stelfox (bass), Ben Byrne (drums) and Barry Westhead (keyboards), Starsailor shot to prominence in 2001 with the release of their debut single ‘Fever’. After an early NME live review drew glowing comparisons with Neil Young, The Verve and Coldplay, their 2001 debut album reached #2 shortly before they won the Philip Hall On award for best new band at the NME Awards and Best New Act at the Q Awards. The following year they were nominated for Best British Newcomer at the BRIT Awards.


Released in 2003, their second album ‘Silence is Easy’ featured two songs that were among the last to be produced by Phil Spector and also peaked at #2, with the title track becoming their highest charting domestic single when it entered the charts at #9. The Thin White Duke remix of ‘Four To The Floor’ (featured here as a bonus track) topped the charts in both France and Belgium, and also hit #5 in Australia.


They then released ‘On The Outside’ (2005) and ‘All The Plans’ (2009) which featured Ronnie Wood before Starsailor went on hiatus at the end of the year.


The band have enjoyed more than their fair share of prestigious gigs, supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Police, The Killers, and U2, and have toured all over the world.



December 2016 UK headline tour dates:

Out In The Fields Of Winter Tour

11 December – The Assembly, Leamington Spa
12 December – Concorde 2, Brighton
15 December – Tramshed, Cardiff
16 December – Engine Rooms, Southampton
17 December – Waterfront, Norwich
18 December – Rock City, Nottingham
20 December – Plug, Sheffield
21 December – Riverside, Newcastle
22 December – Liquid Room, Edinburgh
23 December – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen


For full ticket information, visit: www.starsailorband.co.uk

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Friday, 30 October 2015

A message from the band

Hello Everyone, 'Steve. What times sound check? Is it catering or buy out today?' Hang on. I've not woken up on the bus I'm in my own bed. Back in the real world having to fend for ourselves. The end of a tour is always a strange time as the musician gets used to living in the real world after living in a bubble for a month or so. I'm sure Attenborough could do a class documentary about it!

So the tour. It’s been a brilliant one. Great fun to be back on the road with the boys. Too many highlights to list them all so I'll keep it brief. Best gig? For me, Shepherds Bush Empire closely followed by Amsterdam Paradiso, the crowd was amazing in Manchester as they have been all through the tour but it all just clicked for us on stage in London. The perfect storm of a great venue and us being road worthy as the bus pulled in for the last UK date. The Paradiso was amazing too. We were flattered so many people travelled from back home to see us but the Dutch & folk from nearby Belgium & beyond did their bit to create a brilliant atmosphere too. Really enjoyed doing BBC Quay Sessions with Edith Bowman as well. It was nice to catch up with Edith who we've bumped into in many a muddy field over the years & sessions like this are always an opportunity to take the music to a wider audience who tune in online or on radio. Best food? It has to be the lovely chicken followed by our very own personalised tiramisu in Pratteln Switzerland. They know how to put a good spread on!




Best support? Ha ha I'm not doing that. They were all brilliant. Kerri Watt who brought her country tinged soulful voice & did a brilliant job guesting on Lullaby. Up Down Go Machine who overcame smashing their van’s back window on the first show to deliver a rousing set of foot stompers every night they joined us. The Sherlocks who are all over the airwaves at the moment and proved just why as they delivered on stage every time, We Are Judas who's brilliant epic rock meant the crowd was treated to a fantastic triple bill on some of the date & Oliver Pinder who joined us in Leeds also added to a brilliant night bringing his emotional acoustic style. Not forgetting the bands that joined us on some of the European dates - Pablo Polar (Switzerland), Kensington Road (Germany) and Seed The Tree (Luxembourg) who were all great.

So finally just a massive thanks to everyone who's helped put together & worked on such an enjoyable tour.

Until next time... James Walsh x

Friday, 18 September 2015

GOOD SOULS: THE GREATEST HITS - OUT NOW!

‘GOOD SOULS: THE GREATEST HITS’ 
OUT NOW

“Whatever language Starsailor speak, they speak from the heart.”
-NME

“These are epic songs full of delicate strokes, Waterboys guitars and heartfelt passion.”
-The Guardian



The album kicks off with the band’s three biggest hits in the shape of ‘Good Souls’ (#12), ‘Silence is Easy’ (#9) and ‘Alcoholic’ (#10). In addition to those tracks, the album features a further seven Top 40 hits, as well as deeper cuts such as ‘Tie Up My Hands’ and ‘Fidelity’ which became staples of the band’s live shows.

In addition, the album boasts two brand new tracks which were recently recorded with producer Harry Rutherford at the famous Fisher Lane Studios. “’Give Up The Ghost’ came from the energy of being back together after so much time,” explains Walsh. “It’s about not being ready to give up on something despite the challenges that you face.” The other new track is the ballad ‘Hold On’. “The lyrics are about reassuring someone who has their life ahead of them and passing wisdom onto them,” he adds. “We wanted to get an anthemic chorus which should get the crowd going.”


‘Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ track-listing:

1.     Good Souls
2.     Silence is Easy
3.     Alcoholic
4.     Give Up The Ghost (NEW TRACK)
5.     In The Crossfire
6.     Poor Misguided Fool
7.     Four To The Floor
8.     This Time
9.     Fever
10.  Born Again
11.  Lullaby
12.  Keep Us Together
13.  Way To Fall
14.  All The Plans
15.  Hold On (NEW TRACK)
16.  Tell Me It’s Not Over
17.  Tie Up My Hands
18.  Fidelity
19.  Four To the Floor (Thin White Duke Mix) (BONUS TRACK) 


Available to buy now:



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Starsailor release "GOOD SOULS: THE GREATEST HITS" on September 18th on Parlophone

First UK headline tour since 2009 commences in October

“Whatever language Starsailor speak, they speak from the heart.” – NME

“These are epic songs full of delicate strokes, Waterboys guitars and heartfelt passion.” – The Guardian

Starsailor’s initial run of success saw both their ‘Love is Here’ debut album and the 2003 follow-up ‘Silence is Easy’ hit #2 on the charts as they raced to a total of 3 million sales. Now their biggest hits and fan favourites have been collated in ‘Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ which will be released on September 18th on Parlophone.

The album kicks off with the band’s three biggest hits in the shape of ‘Good Souls’ (#12), ‘Silence is Easy’ (#9) and ‘Alcoholic’ (#10). In addition to those tracks, the album features a further seven Top 40 hits, as well as deeper cuts such as ‘Tie Up My Hands’ and ‘Fidelity’ which became staples of the band’s live shows.

“It's been over 15 years since the band first formed and the songs still mean something to people,” says frontman James Walsh. “They still sing the words passionately back at us at gigs. We hear stories of how songs have soundtracked key moments in their lives. That's why we felt it was the right time to release this album - hopefully if the songs mean this much to our loyal fans this collection can help spread the word wider. People who know us for 'Four To The Floor' or 'Alcoholic' can delve a little deeper.”

In addition, the album boasts two brand new tracks which were recently recorded with producer Harry Rutherford at the famous Fisher Lane Studios. “’Give Up The Ghost’ came from the energy of being back together after so much time,” explains Walsh. “It’s about not being ready to give up on something despite the challenges that you face.” The other new track is the ballad ‘Hold On’. “The lyrics are about reassuring someone who has their life ahead of them and passing wisdom onto them,” he adds. “We wanted to get an anthemic chorus which should get the crowd going.”

The release of ‘Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ follows the band’s reunion with a triumphant set on the main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2014. They subsequently toured as guests to James, before heading off to North American in 2015 for co-headline tour alongside Embrace.
Completed by James Stelfox (bass), Ben Byrne (drums) and Barry Westhead (keyboards), Starsailor shot to prominence with the release of their debut single ‘Fever’. After an early NME live review drew glowing comparisons with Neil Young, The Verve and Coldplay, their 2001 debut album reached #2 shortly before they won the Philip Hall On award for best new band at the NME Awards and Best New Act at the Q Awards. The following year they were nominated for Best British Newcomer at the BRIT Awards.

Released in 2003, their second album ‘Silence is Easy’ featured two songs that were among the last to be produced by Phil Spector and also peaked at #2, with the title track becoming their highest charting domestic single when it entered the charts at #9. The Thin White Duke remix of ‘Four To The Floor’ (featured here as a bonus track) topped the charts in both France and Belgium, and also hit #5 in Australia.

They then released ‘On The Outside’ (2005) and ‘All The Plans’ (2009) which featured Ronnie Wood before Starsailor went on hiatus at the end of the year.

Starsailor recently announced their first full UK headline tour since 2009 which culminates with a London show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 17th. The full tour schedule is listed on the tour page.

‘Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ tracklisting:
1. Good Souls
2. Silence is Easy
3. Alcoholic
4. Give Up The Ghost (NEW TRACK)
5. In The Crossfire
6. Poor Misguided Fool
7. Four To The Floor
8. This Time
9. Fever
10. Born Again
11. Lullaby
12. Keep Us Together
13. Way To Fall
14. All The Plans
15. Hold On (NEW TRACK)
16. Tell Me It’s Not Over
17. Tie Up My Hands
18. Fidelity
19. Four To the Floor (Thin White Duke Mix) (BONUS TRACK)

Monday, 22 June 2015

UK Tour!

We are very excited to announce a brand new UK tour in October. Check out all the usual agents or go to gigs and tours website and get your tickets now!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

As the dust settles on the US Tour

So the dust has settled and the jet lag is lingering. Getting easier but still feels like I'm moving in slow motion in a full speed word. The last few gigs were fantastic. A fitting end to an enjoyable tour. Toronto was a particular highlight for me. The US crowds have been great, excitable, warm and welcoming.

The Canadians (sprinkled with a few ex pats) found a new level that night though. The legendary Horsehoe Tavern was electric that night as the crowd spurred us on to the performance of the tour for me. Amazingly despite the searing heat in the venue they managed to keep the energy up and spur on Embrace too! New York was a good one too. We had a day off in Bowery before the show. Some of the Embrace crew hired bikes and rode the whole of Manhatten.


We took a pilgrimage to Bleeker St (Where Dylan, Hendrix, Joni et al plied their trade) and the famous Cafe Wha? Then I had a a slightly boozy night with Richard McNamara and his New York resident brother in law. The next day hangovers dealt with it was onwards to Webster Hall for the show. It was daunting going on after Embrace for this one. About 50 Embrace fans made the trip from the UK and were cheerleading the remaining 400 or so people into a frenzy! We needn't have worried though there were some enthusiastic Starsailor fans too and the Embrace fanatics stuck around for us. We enjoyed chatting to everyone after the show and it was good to catch up with friends and relatives who are based over there now.

The final gig of the tour was in Boston. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by fans looking for us to do a photo or sign an album. We're so grateful we still have passionate fans like that who have waited a long time to see us in their city. I must admit it was a little deflating to see a depleted crowd after such a busy gig in New York but the fans that were there absolutely fanatical for us and Embrace so it was a great show in the end. All thats remains to be said is thanks to Mike Hayes(US Agent)Steve Lyall (TM),Lez (TM),Beaver (Stage Tech),Tom (FOH & Monitors),Danny (Embrace),Richard (Embrace),Micky (Keyboards),Mike (Drums),Steve (Bass) and last but not least the inimitable Curt the driver for an unforgettable tour! Now where do we go next?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

USA tour!

We're excited to announce that we will be co-headlining a tour of North America in June 2015 with Embrace! We are really looking forward to seeing our American and Canadian fans again.

Tickets will be on sale this Friday (6 March). Checkout the tour page for dates and to buy tickets.

We look forward to seeing you there!