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Friday, December 8th, 2017
St Agnes Fountain are about to embark on their fifteenth consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the magical atmosphere of the season. "The Aggies" recorded their ninth album (Christmas Is Not Far Away) in 2014, again combining new versions of classic Christmas carols, original compositions and one or two fun surprises. Although their albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is, without question, their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience (tickets were again being sold for this year's tour as the curtain fell last year). They will undoubtedly bring this December, in their fifteenth year, heaps more of their sparkling musicianship, great humour, and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain.