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The Shires headlining this year's Towersey Festival

Towersey Festival

Published at 12:48pm 13th March 2018.

British country duo The Shires are headlining this year's Towersey Festival in Thame.

Hailing from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes are the biggest selling UK country act of all time, and the first UK act to be honoured with a Country Music Association (CMA) Award.

Winning over US audiences with their lauded take on the revered genre, they've even performed in Nashville's hallowed Grand Ole Opry, the very heart of country music.

Towersey Festival

With two record-setting Top 10 albums behind them (Brave and My Universe), their much-anticipated third collection, Accidentally On Purpose, is released on 20 April 2018. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the album combines massive country-pop choruses with emotive lyrics inspired by their whirlwind journey, relationships, and their time in the States.

The duo close Towersey Festival on Monday 27 August 2018, and join previously announced headliners Richard Thompson Electric Trio (Fri), The Proclaimers and Big Country (Sat), and Beth Orton (Sunday). The line-up also features the Americana-tinged Wildwood Kin, songwriter/ guitarist Blair Dunlop, William The Conqueror, and the bluegrass influenced Bella Gaffney and Polly Bolton.

Towersey Festival Director Joe Heap said:

"We're so pleased to finally announce The Shires as the last of our headline acts this year. They're quite simply the biggest UK country/ Americana act there is, and they'll be making the August Bank Holiday Monday a day to remember!"

Find out more about the festival here.

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