FREE: Download album track from The Hoosiers and watch Sheffield gig highlights - VIDEO

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CHART-toppers The Hoosiers showcased new album Bumpy Ride with a Real Radio Intimate Performance at Sheffield’s Winter Garden - watch our video report and get a FREE album track, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.

And now they have teamed up with The Star to give everyone a sneak preview.

The Hoosiers during their Intimate Performance on the Real Radio stage at Sheffield's Winter Garden.

The Hoosiers during their Intimate Performance on the Real Radio stage at Sheffield's Winter Garden.

Today we are giving away the Futurmatic Mix of their album track Unlikely Hero as a free download on our website.

And you can also watch two songs – new album title track Bumpy Ride and classic hit Goodbye Mr A – performed at the Winter Garden and filmed exclusively for The Star and Real Radio.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video chat with The Hoosiers and clips from their Real Radio concert at Sheffield Winter Garden.

Check back later to watch THREE complete song performances from the concert.

FREE DOWNLOAD: To get your free track download simply right click on the External Link, in the column on the right, and “save as” to your computer.

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The Real Radio concert featured a mix of greatest hits, including Goodbye Mr A and Worried About Ray, plus songs from the new album – due out, with a bonus DVD, on April 11, price £7.99.

Trio Irwin Sparkes, on lead vocals and lead guitar, Martin Skarendahl, on bass and rhythm guitar, and drummer Alphonso Sharland served up a fun mix of dance-floor pop rock, which is set to put them back where they belong – at the top of the charts.

The quirky pop stars, with an amusing rapport with their fans, have had a bumpy ride of late – they left their major label Sony and are going it alone.

The band were unhappy with the lack of promotion for their second album, The Illusion Of Safety – so they asked for it back and have released it with the new title and four extra tracks.

They sold more than a million albums on Sony, but now they are starting from square one, DIY style.

Even their Bumpy Ride video, following a road trip across the USA, was self-made on a low budget – but it works superbly well. The band’s infectious enthusiasm and energy shines through. Check it out on YouTube.

It is going to be a bumpy ride for the band but, as the song goes, ‘it sure beats standing still’.

“We’ve had a bumpy ride in a sense, but we have a lot of fans and we just want people to know the album is about to go on sale,’’ said Irwin.

“We’ve been in schools, radio stations, doing all kinds of gigs and we have a mini tour planned. We’re back.”

* Steve South, managing director of Real Radio Yorkshire, was celebrating the station’s two Sony nominations for news journalist of the year, for its entire news team, and best competition, for its Fiver Fever promotion. Watch our full chat with him in the video report.