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Music Editorial

wardthomas.jpg Catherine. Lizzy. Ward. Thomas.
 

This is 22-year-old twins Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas who became the first ever UK country act to reach the top of the albums chart last year. They’re playing Sage Gateshead in May.

I’m still trying to get over the devastation brought down on me by one of last year’s best break-up songs, Ward Thomas’ Cartwheels (“I’ve been doing cartwheels, anything to save us, anything to make you notice me”). It’s taken from the album of the same name, which hit the top of the charts last year, an unparalleled feat for a British country act. It’s not purely a country album however, with the twins adept at writing the kind of Radio 2 friendly pop hooks that, well, Radio 2 just can’t get enough of. And, as you’d expect, the pair are locked in step when it comes to those beautiful harmonies which arrow straight to your heart. They’re never going to win any awards at the minute for Edgy New Adventures In Music, but if you’re hankering after beautiful country-tinged pop music that won’t have fans of Stevie Nicks cocking a snook - and delivered with plenty of passion - then step right up.

Ward Thomas, Monday 29 May, Sage Gateshead, 7.30pm, £19.60. sagegateshead.com