The UK’s successful country duo The Shires have announced dates for a new UK tour later this year, following the release of their second album ‘My Universe’ in October. Before they head off on the road, the pair will be performing at various summer festivals, including Falmouth Week on Events Square in Falmouth, Cornwall on Wednesday 10th August.
At Falmouth Week, The Shires will perform at 7.30pm on the waterfront square after an impressive show from the Red Arrows over Falmouth. The duo join a line-up of musicians and bands performing throughout the week, including Jason Donovan, Fleetwood Bac and The Blues Band.
The autumn/winter tour will see the critically acclaimed pair play tracks from their forthcoming album, alongside favourites from their gold selling debut ‘Brave’ at venues across the country, finishing at London’s prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Ben Earle commented: “It’s something magical to be on stage and sharing your songs and seeing the fans’ reaction. We’re particularly excited to share our new tracks with the fans on this tour.”
Crissie and Ben recently played a secret album launch show at London’s One Embankment. Previewing songs from their forthcoming second album ‘My Universe’, which will be released on 7th October, The Shires showcased how recording in Music City: Nashville has further honed their songwriting craft for making clever and catchy Country-Pop that continues to push the genre into the UK mainstream. Last year, they were one of only a handful of British acts to see their debut release certified Gold alongside Jess Glynne, James Bay and Years & Years. The first UK country act ever to have a top 10 album in their home country, The Shires have been at the forefront of the British Country music movement which has seen a sea change in the opinion of the British public, who have embraced the genre and UK bands making music inspired by US country artists.
On recording the new album in Nashville, The Shires said: “It was great to go back to Nashville. This time we had a different approach as we knew it better and we practically lived there. We have friends there now and for some reason when you write and record there you just feel more inspired. It definitely comes through in the new music.”
The live dates will follow an intense period of song writing for The Shires, who have been working on their new album in Music City: Nashville. Ben and Crissie co-wrote some tracks with top country music writers including Kip Moore and recorded their album at Sound Stage Studios, one of the most prestigious recording studios in Nashville, which has cut records for other country superstars such as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum. They also graced the stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry and can add their name to Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Garth Brooks who have played at the famous Nashville landmark venue.
O2 Academy, Oxford – Friday 18th November, 2016
Anvil, Basingstoke – Sunday 20th November, 2016
O2 Guildhall, Southampton – Monday 21st November, 2016
Royal and Derngate, Northampton – Wednesday 23rd November, 2016
St. David’s Hall, Cardiff – Thursday 24th November, 2016
Corn Exchange, Bedford – Friday 25th November, 2016
Corn Exchange, Cambridge – Sunday 27th November, 2016
Colston Hall, Bristol – Monday 28th November, 2016
Dome, Brighton – Tuesday 29th November, 2016
Venue Cymru, Llandudno – Friday 2nd December, 2016
O2 Institute, Birmingham – Saturday 3rd December, 2016
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester – Sunday 4th December, 2016
The Sage, Gateshead – Monday 5th December, 2016
O2 ABC, Glasgow – Wednesday 7th December, 2016
Barbican, York – Thursday 8th December, 2016
O2 Academy, Liverpool – Friday 9th December, 2016
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – Sunday 11th December, 2016