Chris Green and Sophie Matthews are modern-day balladeers, specialising in telling stories through song. GreenMatthews are firm believers in the age-old power of narrative song to delight contemporary audiences. Taking their cue from ancient troubadour tradition, they are 21st-century wandering players – touring their self-created shows throughout the UK and Europe. Although their music and tales are rooted in the past, the performance is entirely of the 21st century, immediate and accessible to modern audiences.
The Warleggan Village Band was first convened in 2014 to play for the dance sequences in BBC TV’s Poldark. They play English country-dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Born into a musical family in Coventry, Chris began playing guitar at the age of eight and piano from the age of nine, and plays most things with fretted strings or keys. Largely self-taught, he’s worked in a variety of musical genres including folk, theatre and early music. He’s a regular musician at Shakespeare’s Globe and was also one of the musicians on BBC’s Poldark, appearing in series 1 and 2. His solo music away from GreenMatthews is a unique mix of the acoustic and the electronic.