While and MatthNews
20 January 2015
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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.
WHILE AND MATTHEWS NEWSLETTER - January 2015
31 December 2014
Happy New Year everybody! We wish you all that you wish for yourselves. Speaking of wishes, a few of ours are being granted over the next few weeks and we hope you can hop on this roller coaster of a start to 2015 with us.
'IF THIS WERE YOUR LAST DAY' - single download release
Firstly, we are releasing a single from our album, Who We Are. It is 'If This Were Your Last Day' (appropriate for this time of year considering it's all about not putting off the bucket list). It's download only and the release date is 12th January. We are kindly asking each and every one of you if you will buy it. What would be even better is if you could get your friends and family to download it too. Here are the links to pre-order it on both Amazon and iTunes. It costs 79p.
For iTunes go to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/if-this-were-your-last-day/id950429244?uo=4&at=10l9qC
For Amazon go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00QUN4HQ4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B00QUN4HQ4&linkCode=as2&tag=propemusicd05-21&linkId=4DAGCZ6FVJAM6PMF
Please note, in order for this to count in any charts, you have to download the single, not the album track. The above links take you to the single.
BBC RADIO 2 PLAYLIST AND LIVE SESSIONS
We are also delighted to announce that we've made it onto the Radio 2 playlist the week commencing the 3rd of January so you will hopefully be hearing us on daytime Radio 2. This is something very rare for our genre of music and if we can capitalise on this with getting the single download to chart in the independent category this could potentially set us on a new and exciting path, making our music more visible and accessible to mainstream listeners. In conjunction with this, Stuart Maconie did a piece on us in the New Year's Radio Times - again, a fantastic way of raising our profile to the mainstream. The piece mentioned our live session on the Mark Radcliffe Radio 2 show on the 7th January at 7pm. Please listen in if you can. If not, listen again. Just a couple of weeks later and we'll be heading to London to do another live session on Weekend Wogan on the 1st February. With over 3 million listeners, let's hope a few of them follow your lead and buy the single too.
Phew! What a start to the year it's going to be...singles, sessions and who knows where all of this could lead. What we hope above all else that you'll take this journey with us. We couldn't do any of this without your fantastic support. Happy New Year.
With love and heartfelt thanks,
Chris and Julie
Bob Harris 'Country Nights' featuring Chris While
14 October 2014
Last year Chris performed in a special house concert hosted by Beth Nielsen Chapman at her home in Nashville alongside Beth, Gretchen Peters, Kim Carnes, Suzy Boggus and a host of other amazing musicians.
It was filmed as part of Bob Harris' 'Country Nights' season and will be shown on BBC's red button on the 14th November at 11.30pm and looped though the night.
New Album 'Who We Are' for sale now!
01 October 2014
The new Album is now for sale in the shop. Just click on the shop tab at the top of the page..
The tour is upon us!
22 September 2014
Woohoo....the tour starts in two days and we're all psyched up here at W&M headquarters. So let's see what lovely things we're bringing out with us to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Well top of the list of course is our brand new album 'Who We Are', we've been banging on about it for so long now that it's time you judged for yourselves what all the fuss is about! Next of course are our limited edition poster prints of Julie's original artwork. We also have a newly packaged double CD of two back-catalogue albums (Higher Potential and Stage 2) in a new sleeve at a bargain price of £10.
Then there all our offers and giveaways; bring a friend for the first time and we will give them a complimentary copy of The Best of While and Matthews. But what about rewards for our loyal fans? Well, you asked for it and we delivered the W&M loyalty card, six stamps and you get a free back catalogue CD or songbook of your choice. We're also still taking online requests, just put your request and venue you're coming to on a PM on here and we will pick one a night to do. We've already had loads of really great ones. We're also really pleased to announce that we are finally able to take all major debit/credit cards on our merch desk again.
So good people....COME ON DOWN....and help us celebrate our 20th anniversary and make this the best While and Matthews tour EVER!
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New Sheffield gig just in!
19 September 2014
Woohoo....a lovely intimate house concert has just been added in our home town of Sheffield on 13th October. People in the area, this is going to be very up close and personal and totally unique so get yourself a place reserved, tickets are very limited. http://www.liveatsams.co.uk/events
Women of Steel Folk Show at Sheffield Cathedral
26 July 2014
Just to give you a heads up on a special concert on the 26th November that will no doubt sell out, The Women of Steel folk show which is taking place at Sheffield Cathedral. It features an all star cast gathering together to complete the final stage of raising funds to build statues in Sheffield to commemorate the women of Sheffield who kept the steel works running during both world wars. For more information and tickets go to http://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/events/women-of-steel-concert.php
BEST POTL EVER!!
23 June 2014
Well what an incredible time we all had on the most perfect summers day. It felt like the best one yet to us and from the feedback on the day and on messages we've received today it seems everyone else thought so too. Jo and Rob did an amazing job of preparing the grounds and the campsite and all weekend were the perfect hosts, welcoming a capacity crowd to their beaurtiful idyllic corner of Wiltshire. Chris and I feel so blessed to be able to hold this unique event here and are forever grateful to Rob and Jo for continuing the tradition even though it entails such a lot of work for what is essentially a one day festival.
The artists this year, and the music they all created were sublime. Thanks to each and every one of them, The Yirdbards, Edwina Hayes, Chris Leslie, Jo Selbourne and friends, Elbow Jane, Ashley Hutchings and Blair Dunlop, David Hughes and Helen Watson.
Because we were celebrating our 20th Anniversary as a duo Chris and I did quite a lot of performing; a set as a trio with Kellie While which was an absolute joy for us, St Agnes Fountain (Christmas in June!) and The While and Matthews Band (Neil Marshall, Ben Broughton, Howard Lees and Kellie While) - what a blast it all was - reflecting on our 20 years in music with a tip of the hat to Daphne's Flight when Helen joined the trio for Father Adieu and a short set during the Band concert dedicated to Blue Tapestry, made all the more poignant with the news of the passing of Gerry Goffin (Carole King's writing partner). The grand finale was Carole King's 'You've got a Friend' and we were joined by more friends than you can shake a stick at on stage but the stars of the show had to be the 500 strong last chorus of the night given over to the audience. a hair on the back of the neck moment.
So thank you from the bottom of our hearts to each and every one of you for coming and making this the best celebration of music and friendship ever. Big thanks to all our lovely volunteers (you all know who you are) for helping it run so smoothly on the campsite and at the event in front of and behind the scenes. Richard Harrison, with Ems and Chris on the sound on and off the stage, the lighting crew and of course our very own soundman for our shows, Simon Yorath.
Long may this beautiful tradition continue.
Chris and Julie
NEW DOUBLE CD
22 April 2014
We now have available in our shop Higher Potential and Stage 2 Live at the Firehouse in a double CD pack for £10.00. If you don't already own these classic albums or would like to introduce a friend to our music, now is the time to head over to our shop and purchase them at this reduced price.
The 2015 BBC Radio 2
We are delighted to announce that Chris & Julie have once again been nominated in the BEST DUO category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
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 Down Under dates
|Fri 6th Mar||Port Fairy, VIC|
|Sat 7th Mar||Port Fairy, VIC|
|Sun 8th Mar||Port Fairy, VIC|
|Mon 9th Mar||Lancefield|
|Mon 9th Mar||Port Fairy, VIC|
|Thu 12th Mar||Melbourne|
|Fri 13th Mar||Katoomba, NSW|
|Sat 14th Mar||Katoomba, NSW|
|Sun 15th Mar||Katoomba, NSW|
|Tue 17th Mar||Sydney|
Go to the tour dates page for full details.