Craig Gill

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Craig Gill
Born 5 December 1971
Died 20 November 2016(2016-11-20) (aged 44)
Instruments drums
Years active 1986-2016
Associated acts Inspiral Carpets

Craig Douglas Gill (5 December 1971 – 20 November 2016) was a British musician.


Gill was born in Salford, but grew up in Chadderton.[citation needed] He was the drummer of the Oldham based indie band Inspiral Carpets.[1] After the band's initial split Gill ran a record stall at Affleck's Palace.[2] He has also worked as a club DJ.[3]

He also ran musical tours of the Manchester area, explaining landmarks relating to the Madchester scene and Manchester's musical heritage.[2] He co-wrote the book, The Manchester Musical History Tour.[4]

On 20 November 2016, Gill died at the age of 44, with an announcement being made by the band via social media on the 22nd.[4][5] Gill's funeral service was held at Oldham Crematorium on 5 December, what would have been his 45th birthday. It was hosted by local DJ Mike Sweeney.[citation needed] A follow up event was held at Salford Lads' Club, to help celebrate his life. Both events were attended by music industry luminaries and friends of Gill's, which included the remaining members of the band and also other notable artists, such as Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, Stone Roses bassist Mani and Happy Mondays singer Rowetta.[6] Craig's death was said to be a result of tinnitus which had caused 20 years of insomnia and anxiety which resulted in him taking his own life.[7]

Immediately after his death, friends of Gill began a social media campaign to help get the Inspiral Carpets 1994 UK hit "Saturn 5" to number one at Christmas in 2016. This was noted by the Official UK Chart Company in their 'Contenders of The Year' article.[8] Ultimately, the song charted at number 48.

Gill was the youngest Inspiral Carpet - during the early days, Boon and Holt had to pick him up from school and take him to the rehearsal space.


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Inspiral Carpets". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Bainbridge, Luke (21 April 2012). "Madchester remembered: 'There was amazing creative energy at the time'". Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Else, David (2010). England. Footscray, Victoria: Lonely Planet. p. 483. ISBN 9781742203331. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill dies at 44". 20 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016 – via 
  5. ^ "Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill dies, aged 44". The Guardian. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Oldham News | News Headlines | Music world mourns Craig - Chronicle Online". Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
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  8. ^ "Christmas Number 1 2016: The contenders revealed". Retrieved 2016-12-06.