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Daphne’s Flight was an album that resulted from a collaboration between five of the most highly regarded female vocalists, instrumentalist and songwriters in the British folk and root music scene: Christine Collister, Julie Matthews, Melanie Harrold, Helen Watson and Chris While. The collaboration resulted in a highly regarded album and a sell- out tour. The project helped to cement relationships between the members, raised their individual profiles nationally and internationally and has been seen as marking a turning point in the role of women within the English folk movement.
The group made their début at the 1995 Cambridge Folk Festival where they were one of the hits of the event. This was followed by a major concert at London’s prestigious Union Chapel in December. In January 1996 they recorded their eponymous album in ten days, fitted between busy schedules, in The Big Room, Kirk Michael, Isle of Man. The studio had to be completed by builders working through the night. The album is marked by some the member’s best writing and some highly successful covers, all tracks are notable for the rich harmonies between the singers.
The result was very positively reviewed in the folk and roots music press and gained considerable mainstream press and media attention. The group followed the release with a popular major 18-date tour of England through May and June 1996.
Now, two decades later, five of the best singer/songwriters of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful. In 2017 they released their new album ‘Knows Time, Knows Change’ on the Fledgling Label on CD and Vinyl
We were fortunate enough to catch their set at Southwell Folk Festival and had no hesitation in contacting their agent to try to secure a booking.