Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Shires land BBC Radio 2 Playlist All Over Again

UK Country Duo The Shires land BBC Radio 2 A Playlist for new single ‘All Over Again’

The Shires announce summer of UK country with live performances including:
  • BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, supporting Tom Jones and Camp Bestival
  • The Shires To Join Joan Armatrading And Ray Davies For Glastonbury Festival’s Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza
  • UK National Tour in October with dates including Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The soundtrack to your summer will be UK country music this year, as The Shires today announced their new single ‘All Over Again’ has been added to the prestigious BBC Radio 2 A Playlist, repeating the success of their debut single ‘Nashville Grey Skies’, which was added to the Radio 2 A list earlier this year. 
The Shires will release ‘All Over Again’ on 21 August.

The UK country hitmakers also announced details of their summer live shows, which will include BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, Somersault Festival in Devon, Camp Bestival and a prestigious support slot for Tom Jones on Monday 27 July at Greenwich Music Time. For more information about Greenwich Music Time visit: http://www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk/book-tickets/tom-jones-plus-the-shires 

The Shires will also share the stage with music legends Joan Armatrading and Ray Davis for the 19th annual Extravaganza, held in Glastonbury Abbey on 8 August 2015. The event is held each year after Glastonbury Festival to thank locals for their support of the festival, with previous prestigious artists performing at the event including: Robert Plant, George Ezra, Status Quo, Madness, Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Bryan Ferry.

The Shires - Grand Ole Opry DEBUT!
The Shires, who made their Glastonbury debut this year stated: “We are really enjoying the summer so far. 

Playing Glastonbury was a dream come true, but there is so much more to come. 

Getting the A list and playing BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park again is so fantastic, Radio 2 have been so supportive of us and we can’t thank them enough. 

Also warming up the stage for Sir Tom is a pinch me moment for sure. We are also honoured to be invited by Michael Eavis to share the stage with Ray and Joan at the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza. They are songwriting legends and an inspiration to us and all emerging songwriters out there. We can’t wait!”

Michael Eavis recently stated that: “The Shires… are making a name for themselves within months of being formed...” and Janet Bell, Abbey director, also recently added: “To have these world-class performers showcasing their talent in the abbey grounds is going to make a for a wonderful event...”
The Shires at Sheffield World Snooker with BBC Radio 2s Ken Bruce

The Shires who only formed in 2013, have quickly spearheaded the British country music revolution in the UK and the US, which has seen them score a top 10 album, secure inclusion on Radio 2 playlists, achieve critical acclaim from the UK’s music critics and taste makers and play Nashville and country music’s most important stage The Grand Ole Opry as well as stealing the show at the UK’s leading country music festival C2C Festival at the 02. 

Following their summer shows, The Shires tour the UK in October, with performances across the UK and the tour beginning at Bedford Corn Exchange on 1 October and culminating in a headline show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 24 October. For more information please visit: http://www.theshiresmusic.com

‘All Over Again’ is released 21 August 2015. For more information please visit: http://www.theshiresmusic.com


Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending July 30, 2015)

The Shires with BRAVE (DECCA NASHVILLE) rose 9 places 99-90 (700 estimated sales; 21 week estimated total 48,800) in their 19th top 100 chart frame.
The Shires "Brave" Official UK Top 100 Album Chart run (beginning week March 14, 2015):


The Shires - Brave - Deluxe Album (Decca)

14 Tracks Time: 47:30
CD (Standard Version) MP3 - UK iTunes - Test Drive on SPOTIFY  

The Shires 9,516 sales BRAVE debut bettered most the US country “superstars“ by quite some margin who charted during 2014.
Some of the highest Official UK Albums Top 100 debuts last year came from Sheryl Crowe’s FEELS LIKE HOME (No.16 debut; 5,498 sales; chart week Feb 8, 2014), Lady Antebellum’s 747 (No.12 debut; 5,998 sales; chart week Oct 18, 2014) and Garth Brooks MAN AGAINST MACHINE (No.23 debut; 7,608 sales; Nov 22, 2014). Swedish Folk duo First Aid Kit's STAY GOLD fell just short of the Top 10 at No.11 but sold more (11,281 sales; chart week June 21, 2014). Albums to chart higher than “Brave” were legend Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS debut at No.4 (19,347 sales; chart week April 12, 2014) and Dolly Parton’s compilation set BLUE SMOKE / THE BEST OF debut at No.6 (20,860 sales; chart week June 21, 2014).

The Shires – Live Dates:

Summer Dates:

Monday 27th July, 2015 - supporting Tom Jones, Greenwich Music Time
Wednesday 29th July – supporting Tom Jones, Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Friday 31st July – Bitts Park, Carlisle
Saturday 1st August - Camp Bestival, Dorset
Sunday 2nd August - Carfest North, Cheshire
Saturday 8th August - Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury
Friday 14th August - Farm Festival, Crewe
Sunday 30th August - Carfest South, Hampshire
Friday 4th September - Cottingham Folk Festival, Cottingham
Saturday 12th September - Boomerang Hickstead, Hickstead
Sunday 13th September – BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park 
October National Tour:

Thursday 1st October - Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford
Friday 2nd October - The Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen
Sunday 4th October - Glee Club, Cardiff
Monday 5th October - Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Tuesday 6th October - Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth
Thursday 8th October - Leas Cliff Hall Theatre, Folkestone
Saturday 10th October – Ironworks, Inverness
Sunday 11th October - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Monday 12th October - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Wednesday 14th October – Empire, Middlesbrough
Thursday 15th October - The Leadmill, Sheffield
Friday 16th October – Roadmender, Northampton
Sunday 18th October – The Institute, Birmingham
Monday 19th October - O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool
Tuesday 20th October - Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Thursday 22nd October - Bath Pavilion, Bath
Saturday 24th October - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

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