While & Matthews (England)
Chris While and Julie Matthews are indisputably the UK’s best known and most hard-working musicians on the world folk roots scene. The multi-instrumentalists are renowned for their seamless harmonies and affinity for each other on stage. “They light up the room with their amazing energy” – James Taylor
Awarded the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festivals Artist of the Year, they are seasoned Festival tourers in the UK, Europe and Australia. To mark 25 years as a duo, Shrewsbury Folk Festival commissioned a celebratory ‘While & Matthews’ takeover in August 2019.
Crowned the 2018 Port Fairy Artist of the Year, “The undisputed queens of British folk duos continue to come up with the goods,1st class songs delivered with to die for harmonies, immaculate musicianship & melodies that lodge themselves in your brain" – The Guardian
They have played more than 2,650 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Now, 25 years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever.