St Agnes Fountain
Each December St Agnes Fountain come together for a Christmas Tour. Performing “rhythmed-up” carols and Christmas music, interspersed with laughter and spoken word, they begin their 16th sell-out year just two days before their appearance at Ropery Hall.
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 & 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 & 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”.
Date of event:4th December 2016