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The Shires at Royal Albert Hall, London

The Shires
(Courtesy: Royal Albert Hall )

The Shires will perform at Royal Albert Hall, London. The show is a presentation of SJM Concerts. It is part of The Albert Sessions.

“There will be two intervals during the show. The Shires, the biggest-selling UK country act of all time, will make their Royal Albert Hall debut in May 2018. The duo released their debut album Brave in March 2015, which became the first British country album ever to enter the UK top ten. Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes have been going from strength-to-strength ever since, and will release their highly anticipated third album Accidentally on Purpose, on 20 April 2018. The Shires will be supported by special guests Andy Brown and Sinead Burgess. The Royal Albert Hall Albert Sessions enable artists who have not previously headlined at the Royal Albert Hall to offer cut-price tickets to fans, and engage with the Hall’s Education & Outreach programme by offering a bespoke educational opportunity for young people,” writes the Royal Albert Hall website.

Their second album, My Universe that was announced in July 2016, was released in September 2016. "Beats to Your Rhythm" the first single form the album was out in July. Followed the second single from the album was “My Universe” in a couple of months. The single charted at 89 in Scotland. The single also got great reviews and was seen as a comple country album with nothing more left to long for. “My Universe” made it to the number 3 spot on the UK Albums Chart. It was also recorded as the fastest selling UK country album of all time.

In 2016 after registering the much desired success the duo signed a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group, American label, and Dot Records. They reportedly had said, “We are absolutely thrilled to sign with Dot Records in the USA. The UK is our home and we are proud of our success so far, thanks to Decca Records, but it's always been a massive goal for us to build our presence and make a name for ourselves in the USA.”

Just last year the duo’s new single “Daddy's Little Girl” was released. The single is based on Crissie's late father. The music video even features footage from their personal life featuring her and her dad. The single also joined BBC Radio 2's playlist.


The Shires also won their first CMA Award which was awarded to them by Kristian Bush at Country to Country Festival.

This year came their third studio album, “Accidentally on Purpose” along with a UK tour. The first single from the album “Guilty also made it to the BBC Radio 2.  “Accidentally on Purpose” another single from the album was released later.

The artists will perform on May 18, 2018 at Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK

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