While and MatthNews

Here we go down under again!

26 February 2018

It doesn't seem like three years since we last flew off on a cold winters day to our second home, Australia.

It does feel good though to be leaving behind the colds and flu which have visited us a few times since the end of the St Agnes Fountain tour.

A bit of vitamin D and some serotonin, thank you very much.

keep checking Facebook for regular up-dates and blogs and VIDEOS!!!!!

will see you all in May.

lots of love

Chris and Julie

The 42nd Port Fairy Folk Festival - Artists of the year

24 January 2018

We are so honoured at this .... thank you so much Port Fairy Festival.

"We are delighted to announce the Port Fairy Folk Festival Artists of the Year are Chris While & Julie Matthews. Chris and Julie have enchanted audiences at Port Fairy since their debut in 1997 and we believe it is only fitting for these Festival favourites of 20 years to be named 2018 Artist of the Year. These two artists represent the best of folk music, the artistry of words, extraordinary musicianship, with voices that interpret their poetry with a clarity and intensity that reaches audiences in a way that is unique. We are so looking forward to having Chris and Julie at the 42nd festival and are thrilled, in partnership with Maton Guitars, to present them with this honour. They will receive their award and launch their new CD Shoulder to Shoulder on opening night on Stage 1."

25/12 available in the shop now!!!!

27 November 2017

you can order your copy from our on line shop on this very website.....

Gigs selling out for St Agnes Fountain

24 November 2017

Just a reminder for you to get your tickets as the gigs are selling out fast now.

See you out there , C&J xx

Aggie Aggie Aggie!!

07 November 2017

Check out stagnesfountain.com for up-dates and news!

It's been too long...

11 September 2017

Hello everyone!

Sorry we haven't written any updates on here for a while but for those who foowow us on Facebook you will know we've had a pretty hectic time of it lately! Still, we really are sorry for neglecting you and hope this update gives you an idea of what we've been up to.

Daphne's Flight truly spread her wings at a number of Summer festivals. Gateway to Southwell was delightful, Cambridge was triumphant and Shrewsbury was incredible. It was wonderful to take our show onto the big stages and be received so warmly by many who hadn't even seen us before. We have just two DF shows to do this year in the Netherlands and Germany before we take a break to all do our own things but we will back in 2018 so thankfully our return isn't as long as it was before .... 21 years!

For those who didn't manage to catch us, here's a taster of the Daphne's experience. For those that did, Hope this brings back good memories.


Daphne's weren't the only ones flying high at festivals this Summer, the duo played at Wath, Moonbeams (what an absolute gem of a little festival), Saltburn and Shrewsbury. The latter we were lucky to have our old pal, Ben Broughton do our sound as he was there with Joe Broughton's Folk Ensemble. If you haven't seen them, go, be blown away, be inspired - Joe should have every medal and award going for his services to youth and to music. Anyway, I digress, thanks Ben, for the sound and the photo too!

We hope you managed to catch the drama 'Alone on a wide, wide sea' that was broadcast on the Jeremy Vine show at the beginning of August. It featured all of our songs from the ballads of child migration project, a poignant story by Michael Morpergo, beautifully acted and sensitively produced. We were very proud indeed to once again be part of such an important project that raised the profile of the wrongs done to so many innocent children by our government.

Chris was once again invited to perform at Fairport's Cropredy Convention alongside a stellar line-up that featured Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol and Iain Matthews and Chris Leslie. The 20,000 strong sold-out audience gave her an incredible welcome to the stage and she in turn gave them a storming performance. Not only that, she left the site at 11.30 that night and was on stage soundchecking with me at Saltburn festival the next morning. What a pro!

Over the last month or two we have been in the studio compiling and remastering 'The Best of Chris While and Julie Matthews Vol. 2' and what a joy it's been going back through of all our albums and choosing 16 songs to make a retrospective collection. We're delighted with the end result and can't wait to come out and tour these songs again. We wonder if your 'best of' list would look anything like ours and hope at the very least there'll be a handful of your favourites on there.

So as we slip into September and bid a very fond farewell to what has been a great summer for us, we turn our thoughts with eager anticipation to our Autumn tour, just a few weeks away now. We really hope to see you at one of the gigs as we're sure that by now you know how much we love doing this duo lark and we really couldn't do this without you so please join us out there and hey, why not bring a friend, a neighbour, your boss! It might lead to a promotion if we do our job right!

Please check out our tour dates page for gigs near you.

See you very soon and thank you always for your brilliant support.


Daphne's second flight

17 April 2017

We are so excited. Daphne's Flight have just completed five days of rehearsals. The new songs have now been honed and the classic DF numbers have been replaced back into the hard drives of our brains. So only two weeks now till we sail off to the Isle Of Mann to start the first tour for 21 years.

The new album is now available to order pre release copies at www.daphnesflight.com/recordings

See you out there soon .....

The Ballads of Child Migration at the Folk Awards

14 March 2017

Chris and Julie will be performing a section of 'The Ballads of Child Migration' with a fab cast at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Folk Awards live on radio 2 on wed 5th April. This is from the radio 2 website where you can buy tickets and see the full line-up of performers.

You can see highlights on BBC 4 on Sunday 9th April.

The Ballads Of Child Migration tells its heartbreaking story. Featuring the voices of former child migrants. Narration by Barbara Dickson and original songs performed by Chris While, Julie Matthews, Kris Drever, Jez Lowe, Chris While Matthews, Boo Hewerdine, Belinda O'Hooley, Heidi Tidow, John McCusker, Andy Cutting and Mike McGoldrick.

St Agnes Fountain, Daphne's Flight and other wonderful stuff.

09 March 2017

St Agnes Fountain's new album is underway now and be ready to order in the Autumn.

Daphne's Flight are getting their wings in shape for their UK tour in May. The new album 'Knows Time, Knows Change' has had it's first play on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show on the 8th March. He played Julie's song 'Count Me In'.

The whole band cannot wait to perform live again after a 21 year gap since the last tour. The tour is in May and then there will be appearances throughout the summer festivals and then a trip to Europe in September.

We will be attending the Folk Awards at the Albert Hall in April to watch one of our heroes, Ry Cooder, who will pick up a deserved lifetime achievement award and also perform! Cant wait. we will let you all know how Fab he was after the show. You will be able to see that highlights show on Sunday the 12 April on BBC 4.

Chris will be performing with Fairport Convention on Saturday 6th August as part of the band's 50th anniversary at Cropredy. She will be joining original members, Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol and Dave Mattacks with fellow Aggie Chris Leslie taking the place of the late Dave Swarbrick.

Busy times ahaead, keep watching for up-dates.

love to all.......

Chris and Julie

'Shoulder to Shoulder' New Album

10 October 2016

The tour is going so well ad we are having a ball!

the new album is available in the shop and we have new merch on the table at gigs, we have a brand new mug for sale and this week we have a postcard featuring Julie's artwork taken from the new album.

New Daphne's Flight album

knows time, knows change cd

The new Daphne's Flight album, Knows Time Knows Change, will be released on 5th May. Available here on the Daphne's Flight website.

Tour Flyer

The flyer for the Daphne's Flight 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 Down Under dates
Fri 23rd Mar Melbourne
Sat 24th Mar Yackandandah
Sun 25th Mar Yackandandah
Mon 26th Mar Mount Franklin
Thu 29th Mar Canberra
Fri 30th Mar Canberra
Sat 31st Mar Canberra
While & Matthews Down Under dates
Sun 1st Apr Canberra
Mon 2nd Apr Canberra
Fri 6th Apr Fremantle

Go to the tour dates page for full details.