The Shires and Striking Matches

Bristol Americana Weekend

“One of the biggest acts on the UK country scene” have gone from “promising openers at a London showcase to Universal-signed country pop powerhouses” (The News Hub) since the release of their debut EP just one year ago. Their Nashville sound “oozes an intoxicating joie de vivre” (Music News) and showcases their passion for bringing a British flavour to the classical American sound. Joining them are Striking Matches, “a country duo whose songs have been covered on TV drama Nashville [and] are the real deal”, says The Telegraph. Their debut album, Nothing But the Silence – produced by T Bone Burnett, no less – gives us “easy flowing harmonies, peppy Midwestern rootsy singer-songwriting and an unbridled enthusiasm” (American Songwriter).

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