The Shires have released their new album 10 Year Plan ahead of a tour including Manchester gig at the Bridgewater Hall.

The country music duo will headline 25 dates across April and May including Manchester as well as a Liverpool gig at the Philharmonic Hall.

10 Year Plan features The Shires‘ recently released I See Stars and Wild Hearts.  Speaking about the album Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes said, “We are so excited to finally have our new album ’10 Year Plan’ out. We celebrate 10 years together as duo next year and this album is looking back at every point on that journey – all the milestones we have had. Our hope is that this album can be the soundtrack to uplift our spirits again and enable us all to create new happy memories. We hope you enjoy it.”

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As well as the album, The Shires have released a new video for the album track A Bar Without You.  The track takes an initial sad country feel before lifting in to a loving expression of being away from somebody.  “At first you might think this is a sad song, but if you listen to the lyrics it’s saying, ‘Don’t worry when I go, because you’re always in my thoughts.’” explains Ben, whilst Crissie adds about the vocal layering, “I think this demonstrates what we do best in terms of harmonies, the way we layer them together.”

When do The Shires headline at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall?

The Shires headline at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 16 May 2022.  They headline at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on 2 May 2022.  The Manchester and Liverpool gigs are two of 25 headline dates they will play:
21 April   –  Weymouth, Weymouth Pavilion
22 April   –   Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
23 April   –  Cardiff, St David’s Hall
25 April   –  Brighton, Dome
27 April   –  Basingstoke, The Anvil
28 April   –  Torquay, Princess Theatre
30 April   –  Stoke On Trent, Victoria Hall Stoke
1 May   –   Bristol, O2 Academy Bristol
2 May   –   Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
4 May   –   Carlisle, Sands Centre
5 May   –   Gateshead, Sage Gateshead
6 May   –   York, York Barbican
8 May   –   Edinburgh, The Liquid Room
9 May   –   Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
11 May   –   Lincoln, Engine Shed
12 May   –   Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
13 May   –   Bedford, Bedford Corn Exchange
15 May   –   Cambridge, Corn Exchange
16 May   –   Manchester, The Bridgewater Hall
17 May   –   Birmingham, Symphony Hall
19 May   –   Oxford, New Theatre Oxford
20 May   –   Guildford, Guildford G Live
21 May   –   Ipswich, Regent Theatre
23 May   –   Nottingham, Nottingham Royal Centre
24 May   –   London, The London Palladium