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The Ballads of Child Migration - Live
10 December 2015
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
19th January 2016
Featuring Barbara Dixon, John McCusker, Boo Hewerdine, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Kris Drever, Mike McGoldrick, Barry Coope, Jim Boyes, O'Hooley & Tidow, Jez Lowe and special guest Eddi Reader
• The critically acclaimed album, The Ballads of Child Migration, played live in full for the first time.
• Plus readings, footage and interviews with former Child Migrants.
• A special tribute to the children effected by Britain's Child Migration schemes.
• Part of Celtic Connections festival - Tuesday 19th January 2016 - 7:30pm
The Ballads of Child Migration is an album of new songs from some of the country's finest folk musicians inspired by the heart-breaking true stories of Britain's Child Migrants. The songs feature in an exhibition taking place at The V&A Museum of Childhood, have been played on BBC Radio 2, and are being used as the soundtrack to a forthcoming new drama from Michael Morpurgo.
On the 19th January, as part of the Celtic Connections Festival, the album will be performed live in full for the first time at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
Between 1869 and 1970 an estimated 100,000 British children were sent to various Commonwealth countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Rhodesia. The migration schemes were run by a partnership of charities, religious organisations and governments and claimed to offer boys and girls the opportunity of a better life in Britain's Empire. Many migrants never saw their homes or their families again.
The migration schemes were aimed at children "deprived of a normal family life" - those placed in charitable homes or workhouse schools by families unable to cope with poverty or ill-health. Many parents believed their children were heading for a better life, but in many cases the reality was far different.
In Canada, they were often ostracised by the new families that housed them and, seen as little more than cheap labour, were forced to work long hours or face physical beatings. In Australia, some children were sent to work on remote farms, cut off from much of the rest of civilization living in terrible conditions. The Ballads of Child Migration have been written to keep alive the memories of these experiences.
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will host this special and emotional tribute to those children on the 19th of January, presented by Barbara Dixon with music from John McCusker, Kris Drever, Boo Hewerdine, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Mike McGoldrick, Jim Boyes, Barry Coope, O'Hooley & Tidow, Jez Lowe and special guest Eddi Reader.
Visit the Celtic Connections website for tickets.
Or call the Box Office: 0141 353 8000
Video - Are We Human
23 November 2015
Many of you will know that we have released a download only single of Julie's song 'Are We Human' with all the money raised going to MOAS (Migrant offshore aid station). We have initially released it through our record company's website as all the money donated goes to the charity as there is no middle man.
Unfortunately, we soon discovered that as the download is an MP3, it doesn't go into any mobile Apple devices so it has been a bit of a challenge sorting this out to say the least. In light of this, it will also be released on iTunes on the 4th of December for those who want this easier option with their iPhones but unfortunately Apple take 50% of the money.
Whichever download you choose, please choose one of them, this is a brilliant charity doing incredible and desperately needed lifesaving work. To download the MP3 please visit www.circuitsounds.uk
So here is a link to a phenomenal video that our dear friend Ruth Tidmarsh has created to promote the single and charity. We can't thank Ruth enough for doing this, it must have been the hardest promotional video that anyone has had to put together but we all believe it is for a brilliant cause. Please be warned before you click on this link that some of the footage is disturbing.
Are We Human?
27 October 2015
At last, our charity single 'Are We Human?' is now available to download. We are so proud of this track and each and every person who has given their time and talents to this project in support of refugees.
Please download the single (minimum donation £1), every penny goes to MOAS, then share with as many people as you can so we can make a real difference.
Thanks in advance and as always for your brilliant support.
Julie and Chris
Press release below.
Any Radio presenters needing a hard copy of the single please contact Chris Euesden via the website www.circuitsounds.uk and we will send you one out.
CHRIS WHILE AND JULIE MATTHEWS
ARE WE HUMAN?
November 2015 and Chris While and Julie Matthews release a song which gives a hard hitting and compassionate view on the current refugee crisis taking place across Western Europe. All the proceeds from this track are going to the charity MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station, www.moas.eu) a registered Foundation dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue assistance to people who find themselves in distress on high sea or trapped on unsafe vessels.
Are We Human? is a catchy and emotive acoustic rocker which captures the feelings of urgency, sympathy and solidarity needed to address the current desperate situation which thousands of people are finding themselves in.
Chris and Julie are joined on this track by acclaimed songstress Christine Collister, Ken Nicol (Steeleye Span, Albion Band, Al Stewart) on guitars, Australian Liz Frencham on double bass and Neil Marshall (Albion Band) on drums.
Download Are We Human? exclusively at www.circuitsounds.uk and donate to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station).
A weekend of gigs
23 October 2015
So we have a nice weekend of concerts to look forward to.
KIng's Lynn, Maldon and Basingstoke. Come and see us if you can, there are loads of new songs and we are dipping deep into the old song barrel too.
New CDs in the shop
30 September 2015
There are some new CDs in the shop right now.
The Ballads of Child Migration.
This is a wonderful collaboration of some of the finest artists around. jez Lowe, Boo Hewerdine, John Doyle and so many more.
It's a comment of the forced child migration that took place over a hundred years. Orphan children were sent to Australia and Canada primarily.
The presentation of this CDs is beautiful, designed by Bryan Ledgard.
This is Chris and Kellie's third album together and their best yet. Again they take from the finest writers in the world and give the songs their own special sound, beautiful.
08 July 2015
As well as the Duo Autumn tour and St Agnes Fountain dates now up on the website, there are a couple of extras gone in so please keep checking in for updates. Three fabulous festivals to come over the next few weeks; Music on the Marr in Cumbria which features not only a duo performance but a very rare 'All Along the Wall' performance too. Unfortunately, Rory is unable to be there and as Ruth was not available at the time of booking, Chris is taking her place alongside, Boo Hewerdine, Jez Lowe, Kate Bramley, Kate Fox, Elvis McGonagal and myself. This will be very special indeed. This is followed by Saltburn Festival, an old favourite of ours and following that, we make our debut at Towersy Festival, something we're so excited about and looking forward to, not only playing but seeing the wealth of talent on the bill.
Other exciting news, for those of you that haven't managed to catch Chris and Kellie on any of their dates so far, there's still a few left so get along and treat your ears to some glorious Mother / Daughter harmonies. You might want to pick up a copy of their brand new album 'Indigo' while you're there! For those of you not able to see them live, you can order your copy of 'Indigo' at www.chrisandkelliewhile.co.uk
Have a great Summer and hopefully see you out there folks
01 July 2015
While and Matthews Autumn tour and St Agnes Fountain tour dates are now up on the Tour page. Always worth booking early as many venues tend to sell out so get your tickets while you can folks!
New Single 'I Don't Know' Out Now
22 April 2015
Chris and Julie's new single 'I Don't Know' is out now!
Please follow the links below to download and keep While and Matthews on the radio!!
20 January 2015
Now you're here, why not join our mailing list? Click on the contacts tab at the top of the page and follow the link.
To download the single, 'If this were your last day' from iTunes here.
You can buy the CD in our shop here.
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05 January 2015
Hey everybody. So we have a busy week this week with the Radio 2 playlist happening (3 plays over the weekend on Alex Lester, Bob Harris and Richard Madeley standing in for Wogan) and our live session on the Mark Radcliffe Show on Wednesday evening at 7pm. During the show (before or after wont go to the folk show) you can text 88291 with your feedback and comments. Mark loves that, especially if loads come in for him to read out so fingers at the ready folks please! We'll also give you the hashtag for the Twitter feed if any of you do that kind of thing and all other social networking feeds nearer the time so please keep checking in here.
Remember to let us know if you hear the single on the Radio! It's great to be sharing this adventure with you.
We're also delighted to announce that we have now made all our UK orders on CDs free p+p in the While and Matthews shop.
Are We Human?
New Album release
Chris & Julie's new album, Who We Are, is available to buy online now from our CD shop.
Upcoming tour dates
While & Matthews 2016
|Fri 12th Feb||Lichfield|
|Thu 25th Feb||Preston|
|Sat 5th Mar||Driffield|
|Wed 13th Apr||KIrkham|
|Wed 13th Apr||KIrkham|
Go to the tour dates page for full details.