Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.
"The Aggies" released their 8th studio album '25/12' in December 2017 once again combining new versions of classic Christmas carols, original compositions and one or two fun surprises.
Although the albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain and around the globe as their reputation reaches further afield, it is, without question, their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience (tickets were again being sold for this year's tour as the curtain fell last year).
They hope to bring you, this December in their 18th year, more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favorite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Also they will re-releasing their two 'live' album (long out of print now) in one christmassy double presentation. Next year will see a new studio release.
Christmas, as they say, starts with......
St Agnes Fountain.
Chris While and Julie Matthews
Chris While: vocals, guitar, bodhran, darbuka and percussion, and Julie Matthews: vocals, piano, guitar, acordion and gazouki have been nominated ten times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk music awards in the 'best song, best duo, best live act' categories and winning best duo in 2009. This they are celebrating 25 years as a duo. There will be a brand new album and an extensive tour of the UK to celebrate as well as numerous summer festival performances including the Pengwern Stage 'Take Over' where they will curate that stage on Sunday 25th August to celebrate their anniversary, more about that here.
Last year they toured the groundbreaking 'Ballads Of Child Migration Live' a project that covers the sad history of forced child migration. This project toured in November 2018 across the UK.
Chris and Julie are more powerful than ever and remain at the very top of their game. Last year they were named ‘Artists of the Year’ at the prestigious Port Fairy Music Festival in Australia, one of the biggest events of its kind in Australasia.
Next May Chris and Julie will perform their third tour the UK with all-female super group 'Daphne's Flight', after a 21 year gap bringing audiences across the country not only to their feet, but also to tears. the story continues...www.daphnesflight.com
Though internationally acclaimed, Chris and Julie continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit and are beloved by their loyal fans. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands 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 unrivaled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible.The duo already have ten studio albums, the latest one being ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’, two live albums and their latest release of the ‘Best Of While and Matthews – Vol 2’ last year. They also have a songbook to their credit as well as eight solo albums between them.
This August they release their eleventh studio album 'Revolution Calls'.
Chris is a multi instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based in Oxfordshire UK, primarily known for the past nineteen years for his work with Fairport Convention. He has toured and recorded with, amongst others: Steve Ashley, the Albion Band, Jez Lowe, Ian Anderson, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Whippersnapper, Alan Stivell, Feast of Fiddles and St. Agnes Fountain. Chris has provided music for a number of Radio Four plays and classic serials. His fiddle playing has also been heard on the TV series Heartbeat, Midsommer Murders and Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland.
Chris plays: Fiddle, Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, Bouzouki, Ukulele, Banjo, Oud, Whistle and Native American Flute.
David is an acoustic guitarist, songwriter, author and playwright. His six albums include, Active in the Parish, which, in 1997 was named by Q magazine as one of their albums of the year. His five published books include, The Maldonians, and the diary of a UK tour supporting Fairport Convention. His plays, with a determinedly local focus, regularly selling out in Maldon, Essex.
His sharp, half-spoken delivery and rhythmically-percussive finger-style guitar earned him regular slots on BBC Radio Four's Loose Ends with the late Ned Sherrin.
He has recorded and performed with some of the finest musicians in the UK including Gerry Conway, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Bert Jansch.