Record Store Day gig scheduled ahead of Ruby Lounge date

Legendary Mancunian songwriter and former Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley is set to perform two Manchester dates in April.

Back with an exclusive new charity single, to be released for this year’s Record Store Day, the Tom Hingley Band will be playing a special in-store performance at Manchester’s Vinyl Revival on 16 April (9.30am) followed by a Tom Hingley gig at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge with The Kar-Pets on 21 April.

Tom Hingley shot to fame as lead singer of revered Manchester keyboard-led heroes Inspiral Carpets, before turning his attention to a solo career that began with 2000’s Keep Britain Tidy, and has subsequently involved much-lauded releases such as Thames Valley Delta Blues (2009) and Paper (2013). Add to this his work with The Lovers – including two LPs, an EP and a single – and it’s fair to say few can match his oeuvre for variety.

Alongside his comrades in arms – Ste Pearce (Dirty Saint), and Malcolm Law (Silent Partners) – the Tom Hingley band are once again on a punk, rock ‘n’ roll and soul tip.

From its beginnings in 2007, Record Store Day has grown into an international celebration of music culture, with the great and good of indie, rock, pop, electronica and more all involved in the annual event, with the legendary UK songwriter deciding to use its platform to raise awareness for two worthy causes via the new single. Recipients of the Beggar’s Hand proceeds are Liverpool community initiative, Hope Fest, and the Manchester-based Lifeshare. Both are concerned with homelessness, providing much-needed support, signposting, food and emergency items for rough sleepers, with the North West having seen an exponential rise in service users over the last five years. Causes deserving of such talent, to say the least. These charities tie in with the polemic of the single, and accompanying stunning video, directed by Paul Mortlock.

“We’re really proud to be part of record store day. I had a career with the Inspiral Carpets selling vinyl and CDs. With the advent of downloading and streaming it’s nice to be a butterfly once again, and fly the vinyl format for one day, transforming from a grub into the beautiful Red Admiral of a physical artefact,” said Hingley

Tom Hingley Band performs at Vinyl Revival on 16 April at 9.30am and Tom Hingley performs at The Ruby Lounge with The Kar-Pets on 21 April.