Friday, 21 September 2018

Folk duos in perfect harmony

HARMONY duo Chris While and Julie Matthews will be blending their voices at Nettlebed Village Club on Monday.

HARMONY duo Chris While and Julie Matthews will be blending their voices at Nettlebed Village Club on Monday.

The pair, who will be playing guitar and piano on the night, have been nominated eight times for the BBC Folk Awards — winning best duo in 2009.

They were also nominated in the “best song” and “best live act” categories.

Folk club organiser Mike Sanderson said: “Chris and Julie 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 scene.”

Chris and Julie’s 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.

Fairport Convention co-founder Ashley Hutchings, who played alongside Chris and Julie during their time in the Albion Band, has said of them: “If these women had been born in California, they would be world famous by now.”



Having first started performing together during their time in the band, Chris and Julie made the decision to go their own way in 1997 after gaining increased recognition on the international stage.

Since then they have toured solidly as a duo throughout the UK, Europe, Africa, North America and Australia — where they have been thoroughly adopted, packing out concert halls and festival stages.

Tickets for Monday’s concert are £13.50 in advance or £14.50 on the door.

To book, call 01628 636620 or visit www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk

n TWO nights later, music fans have the chance to catch the BBC’s newly crowned folk singer of the year.

Nancy Kerr is playing at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, where she will be joined by her musical partner James Fagan, with whom she has won two previous BBC folk awards — including best duo.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 8pm on Wednesday, are £15. To book, call 01628 788997 or visit www.nordenfarm.org



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