July 31 2014 Latest news:
Shekha Vyas, Reporter
Thursday, March 13, 2014
East Wintergarden, Bank Street, Canary Wharf, will stage an evening of country music tonight to celebrate emerging UK talent.
Headlining the Country Collective show will be award-winning Glaswegian duo Raintown.
Having performed with country stars like Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood the pair are keen to show what they can bring to a more intimate venue.
Singer Paul Bain said: “What people should expect is to be entertained. Every goal in every show is go to out there and entertain people.
“Forget all your troubles and whatever else is going on.”
Bain’s fiancée, Claire McArthur said the couple met while performing and bonded over their similar influences and passion for country music.
Bain added: “We’re going to get married and what people see are a couple that have a really great connection and great chemistry.
“We also have a phenomenal band.”
As Raintown’s music combines their Glaswegian heritage with country influences the pair chose a name that acknowledged their roots; the 1987 debut album from fellow Glaswegian band Deacon Blue.
Bain said: “We wanted to be called something that represented Glasgow and it is a bit of a tip of the hat to the Scottish artists that inspired us.
“We found it represented the hardworking people and the importance of community.”
Raintown said country music was so important because of the real experiences that it portrays.
Bain said: “It has always been, and always will remain, the everyday person’s music. There is a storytelling aspect of country music.
“We try to put that behind every song we have.”
Raintown will be supported by up-and-coming artists Gary Quinn and Hannah Jane Lewis. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15. Call 0871 220 0260 to book.