Prized duo to take Roots by storm

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Award-winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews are preparing to take to the stage in Doncaster.

The multi-instrumentalists – winner of the best duo category at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards in 2009, alongside nine nominations since 2001 in best duo, best song and best live act categories – play The Roots Music Club in the town centre on Friday, July 15.

A club spokesman said: “Their musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members of the folk super-group, The Albion Band.

“In 1997, they left the band to concentrate on their work as a duo.

“They have toured throughout the world and have gained 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.

“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.”

Support comes from Dave Angel.

Tickets are £12 on the doors, which open at 7.30pm, or £10 in advance from www.rootsmusicclub.co.uk