Daphne’s Flight

Daphne’s Flight was a collaboration between five female vocalists, instrumentalists, and songwriters in the British folk and root music scene: Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While. The collaboration resulted in a well-reviewed album and a sell-out tour during the mid-1990s. 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. Twenty years after the initial collaboration, Daphne’s Flight returned with a new studio album and a live release and toured extensively. In 2022, Christine Collister left the band for personal reasons and in stepped Miranda Sykes (Show of Hands) bringing a new element to the band with bass as well as vocals.

Described as one of the most exciting vocal groups to emerge on the acoustic music scene, their energy on stage is matched only by their collective talents, Daphne’s Flight are unrivalled and sit firmly in a class of their own as singers, musicians and writers.

Helen Watson is a unique performer whose versatile voice and idiosyncratic songs are a welcome change in the world of singer songwriters

Chris While is a top-class singer and guitarist, together with Julie Matthews, won Best Duo at the 2009 BBC Radio Folk Awards.

“She rises from the ashes like an angel with a voice to match”. The Guardian.

Julie Matthews is a dynamic performer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, bazouki and mandolin).

Described as “awesomely talented” (Froots,), Julie has earned the respect of her peer as well as her huge fan base and reviewers alike.

Melanie Harrold 

Melanie has toured with Louden Wainwright III and Don McLean singing with Barbara Dixon on Gerry Rafferty’s City to City album and even dueted once with Nina Simone.

In London she leads two choirs Trade Winds and Vocal Chords for whom she arranges writes and conducts.

Miranda Sykes

Miranda is an acclaimed singer and bassist and has played with Firebrand, Little Johnny England, Robb Johnson, Bill Jones, Steafan Hannigan, Reg Meuross, Kirsty McGee, The Phil Beer Band, Martyn Joseph and of course, Show of Hands. She is touring for the first time with Daphne’s Flight.

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