CHRIS WHILE and JULIE MATTHEWS
Touring Australia in March-April 2012
Chris While (Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer, Bodhran
and Percussion) & Julie Matthews (Vocals, Piano,
Guitar, Mandolin and Bouzouki) are breathtaking singers, songwriters,
musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their
craft and their audience is boundless. They have been hailed
the best and most hard working acoustic duo on the folk roots
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 wastelands
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 unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having
been through every emotion possible.
They have been nominatated eight times in the BBC Radio 2
Folk music awards in the 'Best Song, Best Duo, Best Live Act'
categories. While and Matthews are also the founding members
of Blue Tapestry, celebrating the music of Carole King and
Joni Mitchell with Maartin Allcock, Pete Zorn and Neil Marshall:
an extraordinarily talented band of musicians. They also team
up with Chris Leslie and David Hughes each December to become
St Agnes Fountain, giving Christmas Carols a breath of fresh
air and a new groove. 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.
Chris and Julie already have nine duo albums and a songbook
to their credit as well as six solo albums between them. Their
latest album 'Hitting the Ground Running' was released in
2010 and is recognised as their finest studio album to date.
Their trademark stunning harmonies are well apparent on this
excellent release; the songs are up to the high standards
that we've come to expect with writing credits are shared
almost equally; the music is built on Chris & Julie's
tasteful instrumental and arranging skills augmented by a
quality group of session musicians making for a well balanced,
mellow and highly rewarding listening experience.
BOOKINGS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Across The Borders Touring Agency
Phone: (03) 9387 3376 Fax: (03) 9380 8234
They are two of my favourite singer songwriters in the
whole wide world.
Beth Nielsen Chapman
If these women had been born in California, they would
be world famous by now.
I have become one of their biggest fans as a result of listening
to their superb output. They are what I most admire, intelligent
and musical with attitude.
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.
Friday-Monday 9-12 March
Port Fairy Folk Music Festival
Saturtday-Sunday 17-18 March
Blue Mountains Music Festival
Wednesday 21 March
Humph Hall, Allambie Heights
Thursday 22 March
Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton
Saturday 24 March
Mechanics Institute PAC,
Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 25 March
Harmony Row Winery
27 March- 4 April- New Zealand
Thursday-Monday 5-9 April
National Folk Festival Canberra
Thursday- Sunday 12-15 April
Fairbridge Folk Festival
Thursday 19 April
Kulcha Club, Fremantle