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

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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:

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 of us and we can’t thank them enough. Also warming up the stage for Sir Tom is a pinch me moment for sure. We are also honoured to be invited by Michael Eavis to share the stage with Ray and Joan at the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza. They are songwriting legends and an inspiration to us and all emerging songwriters out there. We can’t wait!”

Michael Eavis recently stated that: “The Shires… are making a name for themselves within months of being formed…” and Janet Bell, Abbey director, also recently added: “To have these world-class performers showcasing their talent in the abbey grounds is going to make a for a wonderful event…”

The Shires who only formed in 2013, have quickly spearheaded the British country music revolution in the UK and the US, which has seen them score a top 10 album, secure inclusion on Radio 2 playlists, achieve critical acclaim from the UK’s music critics and taste makers and play Nashville and country music’s most important stage The Grand Ole Opry as well as stealing the show at the UK’s leading country music festival C2C Festival at the 02.

Following their summer shows, The Shires tour the UK in October, with performances across the UK and the tour beginning at Bedford Corn Exchange on 1 October and culminating in a headline show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 24 October. For more information please visit:

‘All Over Again’ is released 21 August 2015. For more information please visit:




The Shires – Live Dates:


Sumer Dates:

Monday 27th July, 2015 – supporting Tom Jones, Greenwich Music Time

Wednesday 29th July – supporting Tom Jones, Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Friday 31st July – Bitts Park, Carlisle

Saturday 1st August – Camp Bestival, Dorset

Sunday 2nd August – Carfest North, Cheshire

Saturday 8th August – Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury

Friday 14th August – Farm Festival, Crewe

Sunday 30th August – Carfest South, Hampshire

Friday 4th September – Cottingham Folk Festival, Cottingham

Saturday 12th September – Boomerang Hickstead, Hickstead

Sunday 13th September – BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park


October National Tour:

Thursday 1st October – Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Friday 2nd October – The Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

Sunday 4th October – Glee Club, Cardiff

Monday 5th October – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

Tuesday 6th October – Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth

Thursday 8th October – Leas Cliff Hall Theatre, Folkestone

Saturday 10th October – Ironworks, Inverness

Sunday 11th October – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

Monday 12th October – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Wednesday 14th October – Empire, Middlesbrough

Thursday 15th October – The Leadmill, Sheffield

Friday 16th October – Roadmender, Northampton

Sunday 18th October – The Institute, Birmingham

Monday 19th October – O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool

Tuesday 20th October – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge

Thursday 22nd October – Bath Pavilion, Bath

Saturday 24th October – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

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










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 anyone’s life can be turned upside down overnight; that expressing an opinion can be enough to make life unliveable in the place you call home, and eventually force you to leave it. So when I was told about the project, I had to be involved. Getting to know Ayman has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to telling his story in the studio.”

The album’s announcement kicks off this year’s Refugee Week  (15- 21 June), a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promotes better understanding of why people seek safety.

Ayman said: “It has been great to meet Adam and share my story with him. I can’t wait to hear what he produces and I hope that my experience and the album will encourage people to think about the reasons people like me are forced to leave home before they judge us.”

The Red Cross is also inviting the public to share pictures of the people, places and things that they feel celebrate the contribution of refugees in the UK using the #TheLongRoadEP on social media platforms including: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The images will be collated and used as part of the album artwork. For further information on how to get involved click here

British Red Cross refugee support manager Andy Hewett said: “We wanted to find a way to shatter some of the stigma attached to refugees and asylum seekers and challenge people’s misconceptions. With the tragedies we see unfolding in the Mediterranean and around the world every day as people flee their homes, it is vital to try to illuminate this issue and bring home the reality of life as someone forced to leave everything they have behind.”

For more information about the project and Refugee Week go to:



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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 :)

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