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The Shires


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Talented country-pop duo renowned for their sublime vocal harmonies

With their hearts in the UK and their heads in Nashville, The Shires have combined the best of both musical worlds.

Formed in 2013, the duo are comprised of Bedfordshire native Crissie Rhodes and Hertfordshire bred Ben Earle. Both were former contestants on The X Factor who were brought together by a Facebook message Earle had posted seeking a partner.

As fans of vocal harmonies, blending their voices came naturally and they’ve drawn inspiration from acts like The Civil Wars and Lady A as well as country luminaries like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Faith Hill and Alison Krauss. In addition to sharing vocal duties, they’re both songwriters, with Earle also playing piano and guitar.

After performing just a few shows together, The Shires were signed to Decca. When they released their debut album Brave in 2015, the pair became the first homegrown British country act to break into the top 10 on the UK albums chart.

The Shires follow-up album My Universe came out in 2016 and climbed to the No.3 spot. It was the fastest selling UK country album of all time, and helped secure them a contract with Dot Records, an imprint of the American label Big Machine.

In 2018, The Shires released Accidentally On Purpose, which was recorded in Nashville with producer Lindsay Rimes (Kylie Minogue, Thomas Rhett) and also charted at No.3.

They returned to Nashville to work with Rimes again on their fourth album Good Years. Arriving in 2020, it followed in the footsteps of its predecessors by reaching No.3 on the UK albums chart.

The Shires supported it with a livestream concert in 2021, during which they also played a plethora of music from their back catalogue.

In July 2021, the duo announced an intimate acoustic tour for October and November 2021 to perform their greatest hits and favourite tracks. The Shires also confirmed an extensive UK tour in April and May 2022.


The Shires announce acoustic tour

The Shires announce acoustic tour

The popular country-pop duo are going to play a series of intimate venues across the UK from 5 October – 4 November 2021. Tickets go on sale from 10:00 on Friday 9 July 2021.


The Shires are playing an evening of acoustic songs from 5 October – 4 November 2021, plus they touring the UK from 22 April – 24 May 2022.

The Shires will be visiting the following UK cities on their 2021 and 2022 tours:

The Shires Acoustic – 2021 UK tour

  • Bromley
  • Exeter
  • Stroud
  • Tenby
  • Frome
  • Leeds
  • Snape
  • Southend
  • Norwich
  • Margate
  • Portsmouth
  • Leamington
  • Epsom
  • Newark
  • Glasgow
  • Sheffield

The Shires – 2022 UK tour

  • Aberystwyth
  • Cardiff
  • Brighton
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Bristol
  • Liverpool
  • Carlisle
  • Gateshead
  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Aberdeen
  • Folkestone
  • Bedford
  • Cambridge
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Oxford
  • Guildford
  • Ipswich
  • Nottingham
  • London

Tickets for The Shires’ 2021 acoustic shows go on sale from 10:00 on Friday 9 July 2021. Tickets for The Shires’ tour dates are on sale now.