With expert harmonies, both of them flawlessly take lead vocals giving just the right amount of power on Blues influenced numbers when required, but also pulling back to offer subtlety on their ‘Country mould’ soft ballads. Ben provides backing on guitar and keyboards and the duo and their songs are instantly likeable. Despite a great love of American music they have highlighted their English roots in the lyrics of their debut single, the band name and with a song called ‘Made in England’. They seemed hesitant to play this to a Belfast crowd, but were warmly encouraged to do so and it’s quirky lyrics and simple message were well received.
Their second release ‘Tonight’ is out now and their debut album, recorded in Nashville is out in September. A free song download is also available on their site here: www.theshiresmusic.com.
(Photography by prior arrangement with the venue via www.giggingni.com)