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While and Matthews

13 May 2019 at 7:30 pm


A leading force on the UK’s acoustic folk roots arts circuit and named ‘Artists of the Year’ at the prestigious Port Fairy Music Festival. Folk from the very best, Chris While and Julie Matthews formerly of the Albion Band!

“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

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.

Last year saw them perform at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Radio 2 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. This project will be touring this November across the UK.

In 2018 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 2018 and have just completed their 2018 tour with their spectacular new live album which you can get here: www.daphnesflight.com

“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.” – Dirty Linen

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 every emotion possible.

“Chris and Julie are on top form and can’t put a foot wrong” fRoots.

Chris and Julie already have ten studio albums together, two live albums and they released the ‘Best Of While and Matthews – Vol 2’ last year.  They also have a songbook to their credit as well as six solo albums between them.

‘Blue Tapestry’, a celebration of their respective heroes, Joni Mitchell and Carole King with world class musicians, Neil Marshall on drums and The late Pete Zorn and Maartin Allcock producing a live Album of the same name.

They also appear as the leading songwriters and singers on several Albion Band albums during their time in the band (1990 to 1997)

“A little bit of blues, a small touch of country and quite a lot of folk, you wonder what all the fuss is about over Shawn Colvin, Lisa Loeb and the rest.”  Mojo

Visit their website here: https://www.whileandmatthews.com/


13 May 2019
7:30 pm
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Festival Marquee, Bollington Recreation Ground
Adlington Road
Bollington, Cheshire SK10 5JT United Kingdom
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