10 awards in 3 years, a critically acclaimed new album, ‘Writing on the Wall,’ the only act to perform at all three mega-successful Country2Country festivals at London’s O2 Arena and they hold the record for a capacity crowd in the Brooklyn Bowl (London); the multi-award winning duo RAINTOWN - from Glasgow - are fast gaining the reputation as one of the hottest country acts in Europe.
Their sophomore release, ‘Writing on the Wall’ has been gaining rave reviews from both fans and critics alike. This includes a 5-star reviews from ‘Country Music People’ magazine which said, “This is an excellent album from very astute and talented musicians. Listen to it, go and see one of their dynamic live performances and get on the Raintown bandwagon because the best is yet to come”. Maverick Magazine also gave the album 5 stars and said, “Writing On The Wall is sure to be a massive hit with current fans of Raintown (the record was fan-funded), but will surely bring a new set of fans along too. This album is a must hear.”
They wowed an expectant crowd at the ‘Brooklyn Bowl’ – for the second year running - with a stunning set at the recent Country2Country festival, before performing, as Jo Whiley commented, ‘ a wonderful’ ‘Live Acoustic Session’ for BBC Radio 2 Country,’ hosted by Bob Harris, Jo Whiley and Baylen Leonard. “They are another UK band who are on everybody’s lips - everyone’s talking about Raintown.” - Baylen Leonard – BBC Radio 2 Country / Amazing Radio
Married couple, Paul Bain and Claire McArthur-Bain, fuse their passion for country music with their eclectic musical influences and continue the tradition of exciting new music to emerge from Glasgow. Their catchy hooks and dynamic male/female harmonies are delivered with a passion and style that demands attention, while their carefully crafted lyrics articulate some very human emotions in a sincere, ‘heart on the sleeve’ kind of way.
“Their original songs are quickly being recognised as being the quality of their counterparts in Nashville.” - Alan Perkins – Up Country Magazine
With ‘WRITING ON THE WALL’, this impressive duo are set to cement their place as one of the UK’s leading ‘new breed’ of country acts. Paul and Claire said, “We love what we do and are forever grateful for the incredible support that we receive. Thank you.” 2015 also saw Raintown go out on their first headline tour, 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.
“I have always been impressed by Raintown's ambition, determination and meticulous attention to detail and quality in everything they do. 'Writing On The Wall' is the result of those attributes. An album of well-written songs, performed and produced to the highest standards, and demonstrating Paul and Claire's versatility. It's a credit to them, and cements their place among the best UK country music artists - 5 stars.” - Allan Watkiss - UKCountryRadio.com/BBC Radio Sheffield