About The Band
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).
In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio. They’re looking forward to recording a new album in the summer and celebrating 20 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics in what will be a new chapter in the unstoppable force of St Agnes Fountain.
Christmas, as they say, starts with...... St Agnes Fountain... Fa la la la la la la la la!
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. Last year they celebrated 25 years the longest lasting female duo in the country with 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 curated that stage last August to celebrate their anniversary, more about that here.
Chris and Julie are more powerful and popular than ever and remain at the very top of their game.
Chris is a multi instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based in Oxfordshire UK, primarily known for the past 20 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.