CHRIS WHILE & JULIE MATTHEWS (UK)
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
HARMONY ROW VINEYARD
SUNDAY 22nd MARCH 2015
LUNCH FROM NOON – SHOW FROM 2:30PM
(LESS THAN AN HOUR FROM THE CITY)
$70 LUNCH & SHOW (PREFERRED SEATING), $35 SHOW ONLY
BOOKINGS TO DENNIS 0400 804855 or 03 54235286 or firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the World’s most powerful female duos returns after a three year break to Harmony Row. Two of the best musicians and songwriters around today and Harmony Row is privileged to be able to stage them. . Chris While & Julie Matthews are officially the UK’s best acoustic Duo.
I am equally proud to say that Melbourne’s best acoustic female duo BLUEHOUSE will join While and Matthews to present a unique one off exclusive blockbuster concert.
I have been a fan of While & Matthews for about thirteen en years now. I was immediately captivated by their songwriting skills and talent as performing musicians. Each time they have visited Australia they have come back stronger, richer, and more powerful than ever. If you are not already a fan you will be once you have seen them perform.
Internationally acclaimed, Chris While & Julie Matthews continue to be a leading force on the acoustic/roots arts circuit around the world. Their 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.
Their songs are covered by numerous 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 unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible. Chris and Julie already have six Duo albums and a songbook to their credit as well as several solo albums.
Julie Matthews has been described as “Awesomely talented” by FRoots Magazine (UK), and is recognised as one of the most talented songwriters to have come out of the British Isles. She has been compared to Richard Thompson and Mary Chapin Carpenter but Julie’s powerful style puts her in a class of her own, and her songs have been covered by Fairport Convention and Mary Black to name but a few. Matthews is a dynamic performer, vocalist and multi instrumentalist. (Piano, Guitar, mandolin and Bouzouki).
Chris While “… rises like an angel from the ashes with a voice to match” (The Guardian) and has been described a singers singer. Even though many other artists around the world have covered her songs, she is the definitive interpreter of her own powerful and extremely personal songs. People will try to compare Chris While’s voice to others but as FRoots wrote of her, “She learns from many, takes from few and comes away her own woman”. While is also a multi instrumentalist. (Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer, Bodhran / Percussion).
I am overjoyed that “the girls” (as I lovingly call them) are returning to Australia. It has been three years too long between gigs.
As one of Australia’s premier independent bands, Bluehouse have stamped out their own unique style by writing folk-flavoured pop melodies meshed with powerful, intricate harmonies and inspired guitar and bass playing, along with an engaging, lively show that heaps healthy doses of sardonic wit and humour in between songs.
They have received five-star reviews from critics and fans alike.
Bluehouse have shared the stage with other stars including Neil Young, Cowboy Junkies, UB40, Elvis Costello, and Neil Finn (of Crowded House). Here’s what music reviewers have written:
(Bluehouse) music is “delicious folk-pop…tinged at times with sweet gospel soul, before plunging into raucous guitar riffs” and “exuberant, sad, wise, harmonically dazzling…a lively display of both instrumental and a cappella with attitude and polished pop”. -SYDNEY MORNING HERALD