Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK)
With 22 years of unrivalled musical partnership gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, English Singer/Songwriters, Chris While and Julie Matthews are more powerful than ever and remain at the top of their game. This will be their thirteenth visit to Australia in 20 years. They bring with them their latest studio album, Shoulder to Shoulder which continues the high quality compositions and exceptional musical performances that typify the duo’s previous recordings.
Chris and Julie’s musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members of the legendary English 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 the world and gain an ever-growing devoted fan-base. Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nominated nine times since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories. 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. In addition to the ten studio duo albums to date, they have also released individual solo recordings and lately been involved with several outside projects and collaborations. The latest of which was the reformation of the all women super group Daphne’s Flight with a massive British tour and the release of a new album. They also contributed compositions and performed on a project The Ballads of Child Migration that described the plight of British children who, between 1869 and 1970 were sent overseas without their parents to Canada and Australia.
"The undisputed queens of British female 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.