Coming to a large provincial theatre near you, with new material to play...

STARSAILOR are planning a UK tour of large provincial theatres in February and March, while frontman JAMES WALSH has begun work on tracks for the new album, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the band will tour the US in early December alone, then again in January supporting The Charlatans, before returning to the UK and headlining a whistle-stop tour in early spring, when they will preview new material.

Walsh said: “We’ll be out in the States in January and then we’ll be coming home for a bit in February. We’re going to be doing some quite big shows. They’re probably not quite as big as arenas, but they’ll be quite big theatres. Then we’ll be touring Europe in April before coming home again. We ‘ve got a very busy year ahead of us.”

He added that he had already started work on the band’s new album, although Starsailor would be unlikely to record it until late in 2002.

He said: “We’ve got a new song called ‘Some Of Us’, which we wrote during a soundcheck in Lancaster. We recorded it on a nylon string guitar and the keyboards were switched so that they sould like a harp. We thought of putting it on the B-side of ‘Lullaby’, but we’ll probably keep it for the album, although it’ll probably be the end of next year before we start doing it, we’ve got so much ahead of us.”

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