Selling country to the UK as The Shires play The Pyramids

The Shires by Pip for Decca Records
The Shires by Pip for Decca Records
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It’s been a good year for The Shires.

Back in March, their debut album Brave became the first by a home-grown country act to crack the top 10 of the UK album charts.

That following month they played a sold-out gig at The Wedgewood Rooms.

Now six months later they’re back and playing at The Pyramids in Southsea.

The duo formed after Ben Earle (from Hertfordshire) appealed on Facebook for a female country singer to work with him. Crissie Rhodes (from Bedfordshire), a friend of a friend, replied, and they discovered an instant chemistry .

Since then they’ve been riding the crest of the wave of country music’s rising popularity in this country – their songs have been playlisted on Radio 2 and they recently appeared on BBC1’s The One Show.

While they owe a debt to the sound of Nashville, they put their own stamp on the genre, as songs like Made In England prove.

They are at The Pyramids on Tuesday, doors 7.30pm, support is from Jonathan Jeremiah. Tickets £13.50. Go to