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Visting Chepstow, we recommend:

The Shires

 Friday 9th August 2019

"You asked, we listened, they are back!" 

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The simply stunning, multi award-winning, English Country duo

'The Shires' return to Chepstow Castle.


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.” 

Support at this show is provided by:

Castell Roc says:

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

We so look forward to welcoming Ben, Chrissie and the band back to Chepstow as they are such lovely people (as well as such wonderful performers).

The Shires first played here back in 2016, with the show both selling out and going on to be featured in the BBC documentary "The Shires: New Country", which detailed their incredible rise to fame and how they spearheaded today's interest in Country Music within the UK (plus footage and interviews of their impact in another little Town, called 'Nashville'). In 2018 we were blessed with another incredible performance.

It's not very often that you get a cohesive bond between Artistes, fans AND a Venue however the band have publically discussed their love and appreciation for our humble Festival with comments such as "its such a beautiful place. I mean this Castle is just absolutely amazing", "definitely come to Castell Roc, Chepstow Castle, whether you are a Band or an Artiste, or to come and watch", "it's such a nice vibe here", "just chill out and enjoy your night, enjoy the music, enjoy everyone else's company" and "you'll make friends here I'm sure". 

If you have experienced 'The Shires at Chepstow Castle' before, we are sure you will be back. If you missed the previous shows then come along and see what you've been missing! One other thing that's for sure is a 'sell-out' so you will need to 'buy now' to beat the rush."

To purchase tickets just 'click the pic' 2015-ticketpic

Please note that this show is outdoors and standing or seated.

Seats are not provided, guests can bring foldable chairs in to the venue.
(chairs can only be placed in a dedicated seating area)

 Gates Open 6:30pm - Show end time 11:00pm approx.

 Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. 

 Due to our licensing conditions NO Alcohol or Food is allowed to be brought into the Castle

(Full Bar & Food facilities available inside the Castle).

 No Dogs allowed. For further details including T&C's click HERE

 This Event forms part of Castell Roc Music Festival 2019