Second Line Music


6:00pm, Wed 7 March, 2018
Spotted Mallard, MELBOURNE, VIC

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Event Details

Doors and Dinner: 6pm // Showtime: 8pm // 8.00-8.40pm: Charm Of Finches // 9.00 - 10.15pm: Chris While and Julie Matthews

With 22 years of unrivalled musical partnership gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, English singer/songwriters, Chris While & Julie Matthews return to their beloved Australia, which has become their second home. Chris and Julie are more powerful than ever and remain at the top of their game. This will be their thirteenth visit in 20 years. They bring with them their latest studio album, Shoulder to Shoulder which has garnered much media attention and rave reviews.

Award-winning Melbourne-based duo Charm of Finches will open the show in style with their signature angelic sibling vocal harmonies and stunning song-writing which comes complete with lashings of guitar (Mabel) and fiddle and glockenspiel with some faint strains of banjo (Ivy).

Chris While (Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer, Bodhran and Percussion) & Julie Matthews (Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin and Bouzouki) 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 hard working acoustic duo on the folk roots scene.

Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit. 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 unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible.

They have been nominatated eight times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk music awards in the 'Best Song, Best Duo, Best Live Act' categories.

Chris While and Julie Matthews' musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members of the legendary 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 throughout the world and gain an ever growing devoted fan-base. 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. Their musical careers have produced successful solo albums and a variety of projects away from the duo including the Christmas band 'St Agnes Fountain' with David Hughes and Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie.


Pre-Sale: Reserved Seats $35 (+b/f)
Pre-sale: General Admission $30 (+b/f)
On the night: $35 at the door
Doors and Dinner: 6.00pm - Showtime: 8.00pm

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