While and MatthNews
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.
New postage rates
22 April 2014
Royal Mail have recently increased their prices yet again as they do every year and for five years we have kept our postage rates the same and tried to absorb a lot of the cost ourselves. We simply cannot do this anymore. We are a small business and can't compete with companies like Amazon when it costs over £5.00 to send one CD to Australia. If we add in the cost of the CD, selling fees and jiffy bags, it actually costs us money to send the CD at the price we have been charging. It's just not worth our while. So, unfortunately, we've had to increase our prices for all overseas orders.
The good news is, we are not increasing the prices for UK orders and have even reduced the price a little if 5 or 6 CDs are ordered as it now costs us less. For Europe, the cost is slightly more than it was, and for the rest of the world i.e. USA, Australia, New Zealand, we have had to increase the price quite significantly. It does work out a lot cheaper if multiple albums are ordered so if you ordering from Australia, it might be best to order a few at a time, club together with friends or even wait and buy them from us when we're on tour!
Full details of the new postage rates are now on our website: http://www.whileandmatthews.co.uk/shop.php
We apologise for this price increase and hope you understand our situation.
Chris & Julie
21 March 2014
A big thank you to Alison for sending me the fabulous new hand shaker to replace the one that broke on last year's Aggie tour, it's absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, you didn't include your address so I'm having to post my thanks here in the hope that it will reach you! Chris.
Two Decades of W&M
22 January 2014
Well it's the first month of a brand new year and this is going to be our most exciting year to date. We are celebrating 20 glorious years of While and Matthews and we want YOU to be a part of it. Can you remember the first time you saw us and the way our music / performance made you feel? Why not tell us about it? Even better, why not tell someone else about it? Encourage them to see and hear it for themselves. We have so many plans for this year; regular blogs, session videos from our studio posted regularly on our social networks, new songs, new albums, more new songs for various projects and of course the BEST Anniversary party in the land - Party on the Lawn. (More about that later). Remember, every time you share or like a post on Facebook, all your friends see us too. Thanks for being part of this incredible journey, now let's see where the next decade takes us eh?
New Album release
Chris & Julie's new album, Who Are We, will soon be available to buy online from our CD shop.
Upcoming tour dates
While & Matthews 20th Anniversary Tour 2014
|Fri 3rd Oct||Carlisle|
|Sat 4th Oct||Wigton|
|Fri 10th Oct||Aslackby, Near Sleaford|
|Sat 11th Oct||Banbury|
|Sun 12th Oct||South Petherton|
|Mon 13th Oct||Sheffield|
|Thu 16th Oct||Salford|
|Fri 17th Oct||Worcester|
|Sat 18th Oct||New Milton, Hampshire|
|Sun 19th Oct||Hitchin|
Go to the tour dates page for full details.