Westcountry duo Mitchell and Vincent bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk music from around the British Isles, alongside original material drawing on the folk traditions, using varied arrangements to create stories with their tunes as well as songs.
They’ve performed concerts around the UK (including festivals such as Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Oxford and Beverley) and supported renowned musicians including Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE, Jackie Oates, Damien O’Kane Band and Kate Rusby as well as Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones.
Acoustic magazine praised their playing as, “Stunning”; FATEA said, “Music that is beautifully played”; while Bright Young Folk described their performance as, “Their sound is much deeper and richer than you would expect from an acoustic duo. … Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”
Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet. Together they combine the interpretive, classically influenced folk violin styles of Owena Archer, with the folk-rock guitar and bouzouki rhythms of Antoine Architeuthis to create an eclectic mix of original and traditional material inspired by history, tragedy, love and hope. Their original songs focus on storytelling and have been described as “well-constructed and convincingly told” by Living Tradition, and simply “Brilliant” by Folking.com, whilst their own take on traditional folk songs are stylishly sympathetic to the originals but given new tunes with a contemporary twist.
They first burst onto the folk scene after winning the Purbeck Rising Competition at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival in 2017 and since then they have enjoyed headline performances at many of the county’s prominent folk and music clubs, arts centres and theatres, as well being regularly booked for folk and music festivals across the country. They have also played support slots for many of their folk heroes, including Eliza & Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg, and Jez Lowe.
Antoine & Owena recently released the first single, Our beautiful Days, from their forthcoming third album in June 2021. The single reached the top of the Amazon folk singer’s chart and received extensive radio play on BBC, local and national radio. They released their second studio album in March 2020, which was launched with a sold-out show in St Mark’s Church in Salisbury. The album received positive reviews from critics. The duo is currently working on their third studio album which will be released in 2021.