While and MatthNews

New single 'Here it Comes Again' - 'Ordinary Day'

11 July 2016

Hi Everyone,

As you know the new album 'Shoulder to Shoulder' will be released on September 16th but before that we will be releasing the new single (download only) on 26th August.

it will have two new songs on it from the album, 'Here it Comes Again and 'Ordinary Day'

Please visit our Facebook page for more regular up-dates and visuals. www.facebook.com/whileandmatthews or find the link at the bottom of the home page.

Tour Dates

10 June 2016

Check out the tour dates for While and Matthews AND St Agnes Fountain on our tour dates page. Don't forget to book early as some of these gigs will sell out fast.

Tour Dates

10 June 2016

Check out the tour dates for While and Matthews AND St Agnes Fountain on our tour dates page. Don't forget to book early as some of these gigs will sell out fast.

Shoulder to Shoulder

12 April 2016

Our new album 'Shoulder to Shoulder' is almost finished and ready to go to the manufacturers. There are some awesome guests on the CD and the cover includes some brilliant artwork from Julie.

Please check out the dates on the tour page for the summer and autumn.

See you soon.......

The Ballads of Child Migration - Live

10 December 2015

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

19th January 2016

Featuring Barbara Dickson,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 affected 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

The Guardian album review

Folk Radio UK album review

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.


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

Hi everyone.

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.

July 2015

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

New Album release

Shoulder to shoulder cd

Chris & Julie's new album, Shoulder to Shoulder, will be released on 16th September.

Tour Flyer

The flyer for our Autumn tour is available for download as a pdf file.

Download Flyer

Are We Human?

Our single in support of refugees. All proceeds go to support MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station www.moas.eu). Available for download from Circuit Music.

Upcoming tour dates

Chris While and Julie Matthews playing live
While & Matthews 2016
Fri 23rd Sep Pontardawe
Sat 24th Sep Marlborough
Sun 25th Sep Bournemouth
Sat 1st Oct Faldingworth (Lincs)
Sun 2nd Oct Maldon
Mon 3rd Oct Nettlebed, Near Henley
Thu 6th Oct Southampton
Fri 7th Oct Alveston
Sat 8th Oct Kingston nr Canterbury
Thu 13th Oct Birmingham

Go to the tour dates page for full details.