Rising Country Stars Ward Thomas Set For Derry Debut

Twin sisters tipped as Britain's answer to America's household names play the Nerve Centre this Friday

From Nashville's Music City to Northern Ireland's, one of the most exciting names of the recent country music renaissance are to play a special all-seated show at the Nerve Centre on Friday, March 20.

Hailing from the deep English south, talented twin sisters Ward Thomas have already made waves as far as the US birthplace of country music and are on the threshold of becoming Britain's first genuine answer to America's megastars.

Growing up to the sounds of Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss and the Dixie Chicks, twenty-year olds Catherine and Lizzy discovered the harmonious potential of their voices early on and wasted no time writing original songs together.

By their late teens they were using (mobile messaging platform) WhatsApp to send demos to producers across the Atlantic and before they knew it were in Tennessee recording their acclaimed debut album, sealed with Nashville's authentic stamp of approval.

Not only did From Where We Stand go on to reach the number one spot on the iTunes Country Chart, it was also named UK Album of the Year at the British Country Music Awards, rounding out a hugely successful 2014.

This year the duo have already played the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio Two's Live in Hyde Park event as well as performing to 20,000 as part of the Country 2 Country Festival at London's O2 Arena. Last week saw them release new single 'Town Called Ugley', a punchy, up-tempo slice of country with a characteristic tongue-in-cheek lyric – unconventional for the large part of country acts.

The band's current UK tour sees them play their biggest headline show to date, at London's Islington Assembly Hall. Before then however they make their first ever appearance in Derry~Londonderry.

Tickets are priced at £10 + booking fee and are on sale now from the Nerve Centre box office and WeGotTickets.