The Hoosiers to perform on the Grand Pier

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 August 2012

The Hoosiers

The Hoosiers

Liz Lewis

WESTON’S Grand Pier will welcome The Hoosiers to play on October 19.

The pop-rock trio’s single Worried About Ray reached number five in the UK singles chart and they have had two albums in the national top 10.

The British three-piece were called The Hoosiers after vocalist and guitarist Irwin Sparkes and drummer Alphonso Raymond Sharland spent some time in the USA after winning a football scholarship to the Univesity of Indianapolis.

A citizen of Indianapolis is colloquially known as a hoosier, and so the band’s name was created.

The trio first rocketed into the UK’s consciousness in 2007, when their debut single Worried About Ray enjoyed success UK singles chart in July of that year.

That was soon followed by Goodbye Mr A, and their debut album The Trick To Life reached number one when it was released in October 2007.

Their second album, The Illusion Of Safety, was released in August 2010 and also went into the top ten, and was preceded by single Choices.

The trio of Sparkes, who hails from Berkshire, and Sharland, from Exeter, is completed by Swedish former fireman Martin Skarendahl.

They have previously described their music as odd pop – combining a number of different musical genres and citing The Cure, Jeff Buckley, The Flaming Lips and XTC as influences.

Tickets for the show are priced £14.50 and are on sale from the pier shop on the first floor of the pavilion building, or from

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