You’d be forgiven for the thinking the duo Ward Thomas were a Nashville-based country act but they are not even American, they are actually from Hampshire in the UK.
The twin sisters, Catherine and Lizzy, who comprise Ward Thomas, started writing songs during their teen years borne out of passion for the US Country Stars, The Dixie Chicks. However, they have focused their attentions on home ground and have built a loyal following on British shores. And, with the country scene growing year on year in the UK due to the successes of things like the Country 2 Country UK festival, which feature more and more of Nashville’s top country acts every year (and which they have played themselves), they have hit the burgeoning country scene in the UK at precisely the perfect time.
Their previous 2016 album, Cartwheels, captured their melodic symphony of harmonies that the sisters create to perfection. It encapsulated the journey through love and loss, which is akin to most country albums.
The duo have a new album coming out in February next year, Restless Minds, and have released a couple singles in anticipation of that. The latest release is ‘No Fooling Me’. What sets it apart, as is the case with most of their music, is the unique balance the two create with their sound by the pairing of their two separate but synergistic voices. It is a truly effortless, accessible song that is uncomplicated, paired back and unburdened by overproduction making it an elegant and enticing listen. Its arrangement is beautiful but lyrically it covers and explores bittersweet subject matter, as a lot of country music tends to do.
They will begin touring in the early part of next year in support of the new album and are truly impressive live so be sure to catch them!
Keep up to date with the duo on Twitter here.
And, catch them on tour here.