Polyphony Arts is working with GreenMatthews to promote their latest programmes for 2022-23. For enquiries, please contact

greenmatthews: folk duo

GreenMatthews is a modern-day ballad and folk duo, who specialise in story-telling through songs. Chris Green and Sophie Matthews adapt traditional English songs and tunes, adding a remarkable 21st century style. Although their music is rooted in the past, their performances are exciting and accessible for a 21st century audience. GreenMatthews take their cue from the ancient troubadour tradition, meaning they are wandering players who tour their self-created shows throughout the world. As a modern ensemble that evokes the past, they play a unique blend of ancient instruments (including cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm) and modern folk instruments (including guitar, flute, piano and accordion). This captivating and distinctive mixture makes their shows fresh, relevant and exciting for contemporary audiences both young and old. 

In addition to their instrumental prowess, GreenMatthews also blends incisive wit and humour with a genuine love for the English folk tradition. They have built up an enviable reputation that has allowed them to tour their themed shows extensively. Some of their performances include 18th century ballads and dance tunes – several of which have been unearthed by Chris from various libraries around the country. Alongside these “forgotten” pieces, their repertoire also includes original songs. These display their rich historical and cultural knowledge, through a witty and well-painted depiction of England’s past. 

“Inexhaustible creative energy”

FATEA Magazine


We are collaborating with GreenMatthews to promote their latest programmes for 2022-23, including:






Chris Green

Sophie Matthews


For further information about GreenMatthews’ upcoming programmes and projects, please email Maria Ayalde, Artist and Project Manager.