Birds of Chicago are bringing their brand of soulful Americana to Shetland for a full-band show in support of their new album Love in Wartime in May.

The acclaimed husband-and-wife led band are fronted by singer-songwriters JT Nero and Allison Russell, who recently relocated to Nashville, and have been described by No Depression magazine as delivering “near perfect Americana” sounds.

Drawing heavily on rock and roll and the gospel tradition, in 2016 Birds of Chicago released the Joe Henry-produced album Real Midnight and since forming in late 2012 have toured around 200 nights a year: “Singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows.”

 They recently released an EP, American Flowers, which features guest appearances from the likes of Kenneth Pattengale of Milk Carton Kids and Maya de Vitry of The Stray Birds.

 Birds of Chicago will perform at Mareel on Sunday 20 May, with support from Arthur Nicholson.