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Featuring Chris While and Julie Matthews (Best Duo, BBC Folk Awards 2009) David Hughes and Chris Leslie (of Fairport Convention)
St Agnes Fountain come together for one month a year; the Christmas Tour each December. Performing 'rhythmed-up' carols and Christmas music, interspersed with laughter and spoken word, they begin their 16th sell-out year, bringing their brand new studio album, their eighth, 'Christmas Is Not Far Away'.
Founder member, David Hughes, and Chris Leslie originally released an EP of six tracks, 'Acoustic Christmas' on guitar and mandolin in 1998. It sold out in three months and that was that but there was a clamour for more and, together with their friends, Chris While and Julie Matthews, they produced their first album, 'St Agnes Fountain' in 2001. Not content with the album, the While and Matthews team organised a tour in December of that year and the response was overwhelming. The same reaction has greeted the band every year since with appearances on Radio 2 and other stations. Concert tickets are hot property.
St Agnes Fountain will take their brand new studio album, their eighth, 'Christmas Is Not Far Away' on the road in December. It is the season their legion of fans have been waiting for because, as they say,
'Christmas doesn't start till St Agnes Fountain'.
For the other eleven months of the year the band are involved in their individual work: Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo) tour the UK, Europe and Australia and have just released their new album 'Who We Are' to critical acclaim; Chris Leslie performs worldwide with Fairport Convention as well as occasional solo appearances; and David Hughes (with a Q magazine album of the year to his name) has just released a new solo album 'Live At The Blue Boar Hotel'.
St Agnes Fountain at The Met will be in aid of Bury Hospice.
This event was due to take place at The Met but due to our refurbishment will now take place at Bury Parish Church. For more information please click here
A Mr Kite Benefits event.
Please note that this event takes place not at The Met but at Bury Parish Church →
Thank you to
Core programme and
major capital funders
The John S
With thanks to
Walker Morris LLP.
Joanne Collumbine and Keith Gillespie; Noreen Kershaw;
Mark Potter; Ian Warburton.