While and Matthews Duo
They are two of my favorite singer songwriters in the whole wide world.Beth Nielsen Chapman
Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories.
Chris While and Julie Matthews’ musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members of the legendary folk super-group The Albion Band. In 1997 they left the band to concentrate on their work as a duo which has seen them tour throughout the world and gain an ever growing devoted fan-base. Their songs have been covered by a range of artists including Mary Black, Barbara Dickson, Christine Collister and Fairport Convention.
Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. Their musical careers have produced successful solo albums and a variety of projects away from the duo including the Christmas band ‘St Agnes Fountain’ with David Hughes and Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie.
Eight studio and two live albums later their partnership flourishes...Top
Vocals, piano, Guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, accordian and ukulele.
Awesomely talentedFolk Roots
Described by Folk Roots as "awesomely talented" Julie is a key songwriter for the Sony Award winning series of Radio Ballads, made for BBC Radio 2 in 2006 and 2012. In early 2010 she joined Rory McLeod, Boo Hewerdine, Jez Lowe and Ruth Notman in the song-writing project "All Along the Wall", celebrating the history of Hadrian’s Wall in music and poetry.Top
Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer, Bodhran and Percussion.
She rises like an angel from the ashes with a voice to matchThe Guardian
Chris’s long-time association with legendary folk-rock band Fairport Convention saw her take the place of the late Sandy Denny as the band’s original 1969 line-up and performed the groundbreaking album Liege and Lief at the 2007 Cropredy Festival , an event later broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Chris also records and tours with her daughter Kellie While, ex lead singer with the Albion Band and E2k. Of Chris the Guardian wrote “She rises like an angel from the ashes with a voice to match”, and fan Eddi Reader describes her simply as ‘the best singer in England’.Top
St Agnes Fountain
Chris and Julie joined forces with David Hughes and Fairport Covention's Chris Leslie in December 2001 to form the Christmas project St Agnes Fountain. Since then they have toured every December and have made several albums.
2002 saw the birth of Blue Tapestry, where Chris and Julie began their collaboration with Maartin Allcock, Pete Zorn and Neil Marshall. The show features the music of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, Chris and Julie's two main influences.
1996 saw the start of several projects involving Chris and Julie. First came Daphne's Flight, an all female group featuring Chris, Julie, Christine Collister, Helen Watson and Melanie Harrold.
Rejoice the Voice
Chris and Julie, together with Helen Watson, have been running sing-out vocal workshops for women since 1999. In 2009 they got together to record their first Rejoice the Voice album, Bare Bones. In keeping with the tradition of the workshops the album features only their unaccompanied voices.
What is there to say? I long ago exhausted my thesaurus of superlatives when it comes to reviewing the duo’s albums, leaving me struggling to find the words to do them justice. ...
Best of While & Matthews
Best of… is a nice introductory sampler for newcomers to Chris & Julie, which should do the trick. It’s changed my attitude to their work & I’m beginning to appreciate them more.
Here & Now
In many people’s opinion, mine included, Chris and Julie are the best female duo on the folk circuit today. ‘Here and Now’, their latest album, showcases their talents – as singers, musicians and, above all, songwriters - superbly. They even recorded and produced the album themselves as well as playing all the instruments. ...
The Folk Mag
Were it possible to bottle essence of good songwriting and performance, the chances are that it would be distilled at the While and Matthews brewery. Quest is the indomitable duo’s latest opus, is flawless. ...