One of the finest and most loved duos on the British and World folk/roots stages.

With thirty years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, much beloved British singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews are celebrating their anniversary as one of the best loved and most prolific female duos to come out of this country.

They have played more than 2,600 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. They are also part of female super group Daphne’s Flight (with Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold, and Miranda Sykes) and Christmas band St. Agnes Fountain (with Fairport’s Chris Leslie). Now, thirty years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever.

2024 marks their thirtieth anniversary and will also see the release of their twelfth studio album as well as several festival appearances throughout the summer then culminating in an extensive celebratory tour in October.

Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion) and Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) are stunning 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 hardworking 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 London-centric music industry. They truly are inspirational women.

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 and 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

Chris and Julie have been nominated ten times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk music awards in the Best Song, Best Duo, and Best Live Act categories and won Best Duo in 2009, but it is their longstanding and devoted growing fans that they care about most.

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Derby Hall @ The Met
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Reviews

“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

“The undisputed queens of British folk duos continue to come up with the goods. First class songs delivered with to die for harmonies, immaculate musicianship and melodies that lodge themselves in your brain.”

The Guardian

“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”

Richard Hawley

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