Starsailor offer a reminder of their popularity at Roadmender

James Walsh of Starsailor. Picture: David Jackson
James Walsh of Starsailor. Picture: David Jackson

Starsailor brought their Greatest Hits Tour to the Roadmender on Friday night.

Fronted by James Walsh, the band’s acoustic and piano led indie has proved a hit since their 2001 debut, Love Is Here.

Playing to a packed main room, the Wigan four piece have been joined by different guitarists on their jaunt across the UK.

At Northampton, their line-up was boosted by Embrace’s Richard McNamara.

Unsurprisingly, Starsailor’s set was a romp through some of their biggest hits from their four studio albums.

They opened with 2002 single Poor Misguided Fool which was followed by the likes of The Crossfire, Fidelity and This time.

The band’s recent Great Hits compilation included the cardinal sin of featuring two new tracks (sorry - a pet hate regardless of who commits it) with Starsailor playing Give UP The Ghost which was a rocker affair than the bulk of their material.

Alcoholic, was greeted with cheers by the Roadmender crowd while the band rounded off the evening with Silence Is Easy and Good Souls.

A decade and a half into their career, Friday’s gig was reminder that Starsailor’s have written some post-Britpop’s biggest and most loved hits.