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CUMBERNAULD’S own country music duo, Raintown, have some high-profile gigs coming up.

The pair - Baul Bain and Claire Macarthur - will be rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in country music after being invited to a pair of major festivals. They are to play the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and will also perform on a pop up stage at the Country2Country music festival at London’s O2 Arena. Headline stars appearing at this event include Tim McGraw, Leann Rimes and Darius Rucker.

Claire said: “It is a very exciting time for us and to be on the same festival as names such as Kristen Bush from Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town, to name but a few, is huge.”

Paul added: “We love getting the chance to play live and to be invited to such showcase events is brilliant.”

In the last12 months Raintown have supported Wet Wet Wet, performed at the CMA Fest in Nashville, and won a pair of Scottish New Music Awards. They will also be performing at Oran Mor in Glasgow’s West End this Saturday, February 23, and this concert will feature special guests Leeanne Douglas and Tasha Blackmore. For tickets see www.tickets-scotland.com.