In recent times Ward Thomas has firmly established themselves as one of the premier acts of the UK country scene.

It’s fair to say that there has been a real groundswell in country music in the UK over the last five years which has been catalysed by festivals such as Country to Country (C2C) and also the SummerTyne Americana Festival here in the North East of England. Events such as these have created a supportive environment for our domestic country artists to flourish, whilst at the same time attracting superstar names from the other side of the pond. Hampshire based twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas have become one of the breakthrough acts to emerge from that scene.

Ward Thomas has been garnering critical acclaim both at home as well as in the US with many regarding the group as ‘Britain’s first country stars’. Following on from their BCMA award-winning debut album this incredibly talented home-grown duo went out to Nashville to record the follow-up album Cartwheels as part of a joint deal with Sony Music. The pair broke new ground last year by becoming the first British country act to top the UK album chart with their sophomore record.

The Ward Thomas sisters have been flying the flag high for the British country scene by captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with their brand of honest and sincere contemporary country music, their infectious melodies and their beautiful vocal harmonies. Much like UK based chart-topping duo The Shires, Ward Thomas puts a distinctly British perspective on a more traditionally timeless American genre.

Ward Thomas have become regular visitors to the North East of England over the last few years. Having been one of the standout acts of the weekend during their two appearances at the 2015 SummerTyne Americana Festival, the band later went on to co-headline the first day of SummerTyne alongside Nashville based outfit the Striking Matches the following year. 

Subsequently, the group are about to reprise their UK tour in support of their latest album Cartwheels. Due to exceptional demand, the group will be performing their second date inside of twelve months at the Sage Gateshead on Thursday 7th December, where they will be joined by special guests Wildwood Kin.

Tickets for the forthcoming Ward Thomas concert at the Sage Gateshead are on sale now, get them whilst you still can.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam’s work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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