One of the finest and most loved duos on the British and World folk/roots stages celebrate 25 years.
“They light up the room with their amazing energy”
Truly gifted human beings"
With 25 years of unrivaled musical partnership and gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, much beloved British singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews will be celebrating a quarter of a century as one of the best and most prolific female duos to come out of this country. This year will see them with a brand new album, Revolution Calls and an extensive Autumn tour of the UK as well as numerous summer festivals.
They have played more than 2,500 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Now, 25 years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever on their 11th studio album, Revolution Calls.
Shrewsbury Folk Festival commissioned a celebratory ‘While & Matthews’ takeover this August for which the duo curated the Sunday on the Stage 2, featuring friends and collaborators such as Eddi Reader, Blair Dunlop and Charlie Dore, IOTA, and Burden Of Paradise with lead singer Helen Watson, their Daphne's Flight sister.
They will be following this with a comprehensive UK tour in October.
In 2019, Chris and Julie are more powerful than ever and remain at the very top of their game. last spring they returned to Australia to tour for the 12th time in a country that they love and in return, are much loved. hey were named ‘Artists of the Year’ at the prestigious Port Fairy Music Festival, one of the the biggest events of its kind in Australasia. they will return in 2021.
it's a real honour just to be an audience member but I've had the added honour of standing on a stage with them playing along in the background, things like that I'll treasure forever, truly gifted human beings"
They were soloists alongside Jez Lowe, Bob Fox, John Tams, Barrie Coope and Jim Boyce performing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 'The Ballads of The Great War Live' on Friday Night Is Music Night , BBC Radio 2. presented by Michael Morpurgo.
"Chris While is the best singer in England" Eddi Reader
In 2019, Chris and Julie are more powerful than ever and remain at the very top of their game. last spring they returned to Australia to tour for the 12th time in a country that they love and in return, are much loved. Last year they were named ‘Artists of the Year’ at the prestigious Port Fairy Music Festival, one of the the biggest events of its kind in Australasia. they will return in 2021
Froots simply called Julie Matthews 'awesomely talented'.
In 2017 Daphne’s Flight re-emerged after 21 years, a project which also includes Christine Collister, Helen Watson and Melanie Harrold. They made a much anticipated new album and toured throughout May 2017, they toured again in September 2018 with their spectacular new live album which you can get here. www.daphnesflight.com. DF will out on the road again in May 2020 with a brand new album.
In December St Agnes Fountain, (Chris and Julie, Chris Leslie and David Hughes,) completed their 18th annual sell-out tour of the UK. They will be celebrating Christmas again in December this year's dates here .
Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion) & Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) are breath-taking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless.
They are two of the best and most hard working musicians on the world folk roots scene, both are highly regarded producers and they record everything that they are involved in at their own studio in a small penine town far from the Londoncentric music industry. They truly are inspirational women.
"The undisputed queens of British folk duos continue to come up with the goods,
1st class songs delivered with to die for harmonies, immaculate musicianship & melodies that lodge themselves in your brain" The Guardian
Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. Their songs are covered by many revered singers the world over but it is While & Matthews' musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivaled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through an emotional journey
In 2018 Daphne’s Flight re-emerged after 21 years, a vocal group which also includes Christine Collister, Helen Watson and Melanie Harrold. They made a much anticipated new album and toured throughout May 2017 and their 2018 tour showcased their spectacular new live album. They will on the road again in May 2020 with a brand new studio album.
Chris and Julie have been nominated ten times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk music awards in the 'Best Song, Best Duo, Best Live Act' categories and winning Best Duo in 2009 but it is their longstanding and devoted growing fans that they care about most.
2017 saw them perform at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Folk Awards alongside Boo Hewerdine, John McCusker and Kris Drever. They were performing songs from the Ballads Of Child Migration, a project that covers the sad history of forced child migration and became a major tour in November 2018.
"These women far outclass their many famous American cousins, and prove just how immediate and powerful well-written and performed music can still be. Awe- inspiring."
"Chris and Julie are on top form and can't put a foot wrong" fRoots.
They already have eleven studio albums together, two live albums and two 'best of' collections. They also have a songbook to their credit as well as six solo albums between them, all produced by them.
They also appear as the leading songwriters and singers on several Albion Band albums during their time in the band (1990 to 1997). all in they appear on over 80 album each.
Chris and Julie also write and perform music for Television and Radio, notably 'Tales from the Towpath' (BBC Radio 2), 'The Ridgeriders' (Meridian TV) and The new Radio 2 Radio Ballads for which Julie wrote eleven of the songs and Chris performed several of them.
The latest project is The Ballads Of Child Migration, their songs from this project were a key feature in Michael Morpurgo's 'Alone on a wide wide sea' which was aired on Radio 2 in 2018 and as part of the exhibition of the same subject held at The V&A's Museum Of Childhood in London.
There is currently a musical being written in Australia using Chris and Julie's songs.
While and Matthews also appear on many other projects including, St Agnes Fountain with David Hughes and Chris Leslie. This beloved Christmas band has toured annually since 2001. www.stagnesfountain.com