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Music - Country, Fri 9 Aug 2019, £28.50


The Shires - Chepstow Castle

The Shires - Chepstow Castle

A simply stunning band, in a simply stunning surrounding, makes for a simply stunning way to spend a summers evening.


Town Centre,
NP16 5EY

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Five years since they were discovered playing a gig in a Bedfordshire pub, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes are now raising the bar in Nashville. Indeed, thanks to their two gold-certified record-breaking albums, "Brave" and "My Universe", The Shires have become one of the most talked about acts in the home of country music.

And now to the delight of their legions of fans on both sides of the Atlantic, they’ve released their eagerly-anticipated third album "Accidentally on Purpose", recorded in Nashville, which won over a whole new mainstream audience with its fusion with pop.

The duo are most excited by track Guilty, which they feel best sums of their new sound. “We both like to socialise, we’re both young and enjoy having a good time and going out with our friends,”explains Crissie. “We wanted to reflect that in our music so Guilty is definitely a sign of a change for us. It’s the kind of song I’d play before going out.”

Perhaps the best illustration of why The Shires have become huge players in music, and not just country, is how some of the world’s top writers want to work with them – and they don’t come much bigger than Ed Sheeran. The global superstar provided his song ‘Stay The Night’ for their third album after seeking out Ben and Crissie at his Nashville concert last October, where he also got to see the latter’s drinking ability first hand.

“Crissie and I went along to an after-party Ed was hosting after his concert at the Bridgestone Arena but she wasn’t feeling great,” explains Ben. “He told us he was familiar with our music and we were like ‘whoa, that’s incredible’. A few hours later I was about to leave and I saw Ed and his mates playing a drinking game with a girl who was downing beer out of a keg while doing a handstand, everyone was cheering – it was pretty mental. Then I did a double take and it was Crissie! Afterwards we said it would be great if we could work together in the future and a few days later he sent us his track Stay The Night.” Crissie added: “So basically my drinking ability got us an Ed Sheeran song!”

The Shires are also the first UK act ever to win a prestigious CMA Award, the Jeff Walker Global Artist Award, which recognises achievements from artists outside of the US. “That was a huge honour,” said Crissie. “Definitely the highlight of the past two years, it’s such an amazing awards ceremony that celebrates achievements in country music.“

Given how much they’re appreciated in the US city, it’s easy to see why they both want to eventually lay down roots in Nashville. “We love it here,” beams Crissie, 29. “Hanging out and socialising in the bars. There’s such a good vibe out here right now and is the obvious place to be if you want to make it in the US. But the UK is our home and still very important to us.”

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Fri 9 Aug 2019 18:30 to 23:00


Limited discounted 'Earlybird' offer available at £28.50 + postage fees. Discounted offer can be removed at any time. refer to www.castellroc.co.uk for current pricing.

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    Map reference: ST 534941  Lat: 51.64375 Long: -2.67483

    M4 Eastbound Junction 23 or Westbound Junction 21 and take the M48; at Junction 2 take the A466 & A48 for Chepstow.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Chepstow station


    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access