Alas, covid restrictions on travel mean that Daphne’s Flight will be unable to perform at Ely Folk Festival 2021. However, we’re absolutely delighted that Chris While & Julie Matthews, two of the members of the band – and two of the most respected names in British folk in their own right – will perform at the festival instead. Former members of the legendary Albion Band, they are an internationally successful song writing partnership. Their songs cover the full experiences of life, from injustice to freedom, and everything in between, with Chris on vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion and Julie on vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki. Chis & Julie are winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song and Best Live Act categories. ‘They are two of my favourite singer songwriters in the whole wide world’ – Beth Nielsen Chapman.