Duo to play intimate venue

Chris While and Julie matthews are to perform at St Cuthberts House, Seahouses
Chris While and Julie matthews are to perform at St Cuthberts House, Seahouses

A popular bed and breakfast and music venue will be the scene for the next in a series of concerts.

St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses is hosting musicians Chris While and Julie Matthews this weekend for a one-off show.

The duo are best-known from 1990s folk group Albion Band.

Their work has seen them tour throughout the world and gain an ever-increasing fan-base.

Their songs have been covered by a range of artists including Mary Black, Barbara Dickson, Christine Collister and Fairport Convention.

Both are multi-instrumentalists – Matthews plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion, and While the guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion – but it is the union of their two voices and skill as close-harmony singers that continues to define their sound.

This is where they’re to be enjoyed at their very best, as a duo in an intimate gig.

Jeff Sutheran, owner of St Cuthbert’s House, who is hosting the gig, said: “Chris and Julie are both wonderful musicians and multi-instrumentalists, but it is the quality of their songwriting and skill as close-harmony singers that uniquely defines their sound.

“This is where they’re to be enjoyed at their very best, in a small and intimate gig. We’re very lucky to have them here on the Northumberland coast.”

The concert is part of a series of shows at the unique venue, which Jeff and his wife Jill put on at their own expense and for the enjoyment of local people who want to experience live music in an intimate setting.

The concert is on Saturday at St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. Doors open at 7pm, tickets are £10. Entry ticketed so book on 01665 720456.