Country music returns to York as the spectacular Ward Thomas sisters bring their upbeat tunes to the Barbican Theatre. Now, despite falling short of a sell-out, it’s hard to find someone not in their seat even before support act Charlie Worsham takes to the www.

For just over thirty-five minutes, the American actor/songwriter keeps the audience entertained with a set that encapsulates everything you could want from this kind of gig. Easy on the ear, Worsham tells the audience of his love for York before offering to sell limited edition lyric sheets he’d written out. Teasing fans with news that he’d been working with someone he couldn’t name at the moment, there will have been plenty in this crowd who will be looking forward to his return to York hopefully in the not-too-distant future.

Supporting their recently released new album, Music In The Madness, Hampshire duo Ward Thomas is back in York for the fourth date on their UK headline tour. Shortly after their backing band stepped onto the stage, the pair stride out to a welcome and warm reception from their York fans and launch into their ninety-minute set.

A wonderful blend of pop, country, and acoustic, there is plenty of energy pouring from the stage and while they receive a warm reception from the crowd, it doesn’t feel like this crowd is up for getting too rowdy tonight. In return, the popular duo performs a breadth of songs from their back catalogue including opener “All Over Again” and “Guilty Flowers”.

Whether you’re a country fan or not, it’s hard not to like Ward Thomas and when you combine those heart-warming personalities with their easy, feelgood, honest songs, you’re guaranteed a great night out, even if it feels at times like the audience are happy to sit back and just soak up this delightful atmosphere.

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