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The Shires bring a touch of country to Cambridge

By Alison Tedder

The Shires
The Shires

I had the privilege to be in the audience at the Corn Exchange to see the Shires – recently returned from Nashville – on their current tour on Wednesday, May 23

The Shires
The Shires

What was a great evening began when we were treated to two very talented support acts: Sydney-based singer/songwriter Sinead Burgess with her mellow tones and stripped-down performance on guitar and harmonica, and then Andy Brown, frontman with pop rock band, Lawson.

His band consisted of just guitar and keyboard and the trio’s great harmonies soared.

The Shires are Ben Earle from Hertfordshire and Crissie Rhodes from Bedfordshire and the duo were wonderful, as usual.

Crissie, sporting gold sequin boots and matching jacket, filled the room with sparkle, while Ben shone with his understated calmness and brilliant piano and guitar playing – the vocals and harmonies of both complementing each other beautifully.

The Shires
The Shires

We were treated to songs from the new album, Accidentally on Purpose, including headline feelgood song Guilty. Another treat – Stay the Night – was written by Ed Sheeran.

Crissie also sang a song in tribute to her father, Daddy’s Little Girl. It was beautiful and very moving – she was so brave to sing it.

We were also given songs from 2016’s My Universe – the fastest-selling UK country album of all time – and their debut album, Brave (2015), with old favourites such as their first ever song Think I’m Falling in Love Again and Friday Night.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening.



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