"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."
"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"
"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 simply called Julie Matthews 'awesomely talented'.
"Chris While is the best singer in England" Eddi Reader
“They light up the room with their amazing energy”
They have played more than 2,650 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.
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 Pennine town far from the Londoncentric music industry. They truly are inspirational women.
Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion.
Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) are renowned for their seamless harmonies and affinity for each other on stage, they are stunning singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless.
Chris and Julie have been nominated ten times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the 'Best Song, Best Duo, Best Live Act' categories, winning Best Duo but it is their longstanding and devoted growing fans that they care most about.
They have performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Folk Awards alongside Boo Hewerdine, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, O'Hooley and Tidow and Kris Drever. They were performing songs from the Ballads Of Child Migration, a project that covers the sad history of forced child migration to Australia, Canada and South Africa and played a major tour in November 2018.
To mark 25 years as a duo, Shrewsbury Folk Festival (one of the largest and beloved festivals in England) commissioned a celebratory ‘While & Matthews’ takeover in August 2019 for which the duo curated the Sunday on fabulous Pengwern stage featuring friends and collaborators such as Eddi Reader, Blair Dunlop, Charlie Dore, IOTA, and Burden Of Paradise with lead singer Helen Watson and their other Daphne's Flight sisters Mel Harrold and Christine Collister.
To finish off the day was of course The While and Matthews Big Band including, Kellie While, Belinda O'Hooley, Dave Bowie Jr, Johnny Heyes and Neil Marshall, long standing ovations were given in honour of the duo.
In 2022, Chris While & Julie Matthews are more powerful than ever and remain at the very top of their game. Next year (2023) they return to Australia to tour for the 13th time in a country that they love and are much loved in return.
They were awarded ‘Artists of the Year’ at the prestigious Port Fairy Music Festival in 2018, one of the the biggest events of its kind in Australasia and can't wait for a return visit. They have also toured in New Zealand, Africa, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Italy.
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 injustice and freedom to matters of the heart and everything in between. Their songs are covered by many 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 unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having travelled an emotional journey.
They already have eleven studio albums together, two live albums and two 'Best Of' collections, all produced by them (except Quest which was produced by Ghanaian Musician, Kwame Yeboah) Their new album Women Of The World was released in October last year to critical acclaim.
They also have a songbook to their credit and Julie has three solo albums while Chris has 5.
They also appear as leading songwriters and singers during their time in the Albion Band on several albums (1990 to 1997).
All in all in they have appeared on over 100 albums during the course of their career.
Chris and Julie also write and perform music for Television and Radio, notably 'Tales from the Towpath' (BBC Radio 2), 'The Ridgeriders' (Meridian TV) Where Chris along with Phil Beer and Ashley Hutchings wrote and performed over 40 songs about England's Ridgeway region and it's folklore, the BBC 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 reading of his best selling book '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 Victoria & Albert's Museum Of Childhood in London.
They were soloists alongside Jez Lowe, Bob Fox, John Tams, Jim Boyce and the late Barrie Coope 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.
In 2022 (Chris and Julie alongside Helen Watson Melanie Harrold and Miranda Sykes) Daphne’s Flight toured extensively in the UK and Europe
In December St Agnes Fountain, (Chris, Julie and Chris Leslie) will complete their 22nd annual sell-out tour of the UK
Here are this year's dates