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

            Credit: Alan Ewart 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, 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 […]

Red Cross teams up top musicians with refugees for album based on real-life stories of survival

Yesterday D Digital launched the online publicity campaign for the British Red Cross’ new music focused project – The Long Road Coverage & Press release below http://www.nme.com/news/scroobius-pip/86220 http://www.thefader.com/2015/06/15/kindness-red-cross http://diymag.com/2015/06/16/kindness-adam-bainbridge-is-working-with-the-red-cross-to-tell-the-stories-of-refugees                 Red Cross teams up top musicians with refugees for album based on real-life stories of survival Scroobius Pip, Kindness and Sierra Leone All Stars among first artists to take part Brit Award-winning Ethan Johns to produce the album Public have a chance to be part of music history through online photo project to create album artwork A ground-breaking concept album based on the real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK is being created by some of the country’s top musicians and the Red Cross. The Long Road album will see artists including spoken word poet Scroobius Pip, singer-songwriter Kindness and the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars pair up with a person who has been forced to flee their home and seek safety in the UK to tell their story. Brit Award winner Ethan Johns, who has worked with the Kings of Leon, Laura Marling and The Vaccines, will produce the album. “This is a very special opportunity to create an album with a narrative that helps more people understand the realities of being a refugee and the journeys people go through,” said Johns. “Music is one of the oldest forms of storytelling, and these are important stories to be told.” Kindness’s Adam Bainbridge, whose grandmother, Amina Desai, was South Africa’s longest serving female Indian political prisoner for her defiance of the apartheid regime, approached the Red Cross when he heard about the project. Adam is working closely with Ayman Hirh, a refugee who fled Syria when the fighting broke out in 2012. He said: “I’ve seen with my own eyes that […]

Online Music PR 101 – Tip #4 – Be persistent

Persistence is an intrinsic quality for any good publicist. It’s tough to get a response sometimes from a client or a journalist but it’s important to be persistent and keep pushing. If your search for a premiere partner, content placement or album review is taking a while.. don’t be disheartened. Finding the right fit takes time. It always pays to go the extra mile and never give up, even if things can feel a little futile sometimes. Keep the faith Top tip: journalists always say don’t badger them on the phone – email is always probably the best route, certainly initially but if it’s urgent & quick & you have your elevator pitch down – don’t be scared to give people a call. DD