These artists appearing at Festival 2018
Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK)
Chris While (Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer, Bodhran and Percussion) & Julie Matthews (Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin and Bouzouki) are breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. They have been hailed the best and most hardworking acoustic duo on the folk roots scene.
Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial wastelands of the north to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart, and everything in between. Their songs are covered by many revered singers the world over, but it is While & Matthews' musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivalled, and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible.
They have been nominated eight times for the BBC Radio 2 Folk music awards in the 'Best Song, Best Duo, Best Live Act' categories.
While and Matthews are also the founding members of Blue Tapestry, celebrating the music of Carole King and Joni Mitchell with Maartin Allcock, Pete Zorn and Neil Marshall: an extraordinarily talented band of musicians. They also team up with Chris Leslie and David Hughes each December to become St Agnes Fountain, giving Christmas Carols a breath of fresh air and a new groove.
These women far outclass their many famous American cousins, and prove just how immediate and powerful well-written and performed music can still be. Awe-inspiring. – Dirty Linen
Chris and Julie already have nine duo albums and a songbook to their credit as well as six solo albums between them. A Blue Tapestry album and five St Agnes Fountain CDs. They also appear as the leading songwriters and singers on several Albion Band albums during their time in the band (1990 to 1997) and on the much acclaimed Daphne's Flight, a project which also included Christine Collister, Helen Watson and Melanie Harrold.
A little bit of blues, a small touch of country and quite a lot of folk, you wonder what all the fuss is about over Shawn Colvin, Lisa Loeb and the rest. – Mojo
Chris and Julie also write and perform music for Television and Radio, notably Tales from the Towpath (BBC Radio 2), The Ridgeriders (Meridian TV) and the new Radio 2 Radio Ballads for which Julie wrote eleven of the songs and Chris performed several of them.