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Scots duo launch new album with UK tour
Scottish husband and wife country music duo Raintown are heading south to Wolverhampton to begin a short UK tour at The Slade Rooms on October 11.

Raintown, Paul and Claire McArthur-Bain , Wolverhampton Slade Rooms, Writing on the Wall
UK tour: Paul and Claire McArthur-Bain aka Raintown

Glasgow-based Paul and Claire McArthur-Bain are playing five dates around the country to mark the release of their second album, Writing On The Wall.

Following the first gig they play The Tunnels in Bristol on October 12, The Art School, Glasgow, on October 13, Manchester's Academy 3 on October 14 and The Borderline in London on October 15.

Paul and Claire formed Raintown three years ago and have since won eight awards including Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2014 British Country Music Awards, plus Duo of the Year in 2013 and Record of the Year at the 2012 Scottish New Music Awards.

Raintown, Paul and Claire McArthur-Bain , Wolverhampton Slade Rooms, Writing on the Wall
Award winners: Raintown

Fan-funded on PledgeMusic, Writing on the Wall is an eclectic mix of lyrical stories, from country to guitar-driven pop.

Highlights include If This Was A Love Song, Missing You and Shut The Front Door.

If This Was A Love Song, with its strong, sing-a-long chorus, is about promises and conversations between a couple on the fear of giving relationships a second chance.

"It's about finding the right words to say," explains Claire.

Missing You came in the aftermath of Glasgow's 2013 Clutha Tragedy when a police helicopter crashed into a city pub.

"We were discussing how hard it would be to have the last voicemail message from someone you had lost and would that be a comfort or a means to continue the misery," Claire says.

Shut The Front Door
is a powerful guitar-driven anthem.

"This is a real departure for us, it is pretty full on and rocky," Paul says. "It is basically saying 'you don't like us and we are cool with that. There's the door!'"

The recently married couple fuse their passion for country music with eclectic musical influences to continue the tradition of exciting new music to emerge from Glasgow, following the likes of Admiral Fallow, Chvrches and Honeyblood.

The duo's debut album, Hope In Troubled Times, was released in 2010 and was met with huge acclaim from critics and fans alike.

They are the only band to have performed at all three Country 2 Country festivals at London's O2 this year they played to a capacity crowd at the Brooklyn Bowl, the largest of the 'pop-up' venues.

They also performed a live acoustic session for BBC Radio 2 Country, hosted by Jo Whiley, Bob Harris and Baylen Leonard. This summer also saw Raintown play the main stage at the Cornbury Music Festival, alongside the likes of Tom Jones and Lulu, and perform at The Country Collective at Canary Wharf with Ward Thomas and Callaghan.

Raintown, Paul and Claire McArthur-Bain , Wolverhampton Slade Rooms, Writing on the Wall

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Why? Eclectic mix of country and guitar-driven pop
When: October 11, 2015
Phone: 0870 320 7000
Where: Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Cost: 13.20
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