“Traditional. Modern. Inspirational. Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music and song, Antoine & Owena create their own blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet. Combining original material with their own take on some traditional tunes, this Wiltshire-based duo delivers an eclectic mix of songs and instrumentals with energy and passion. Their sound is full, vibrant, and lively”.
Antoine and Owena met at a gig where they were both performing. They were both instantly impressed with each others talents, and it wasn’t long before they began jamming together and writing music.
Prior to this, both have extensive musical backgrounds and have been writing and performing in different guises over a number of years.
Antoine has performed in several bands of varying styles, including rock and progressive music, but found his home in the world of folk and traditional music. During his time performing in bands, Antoine has supported the likes of Alabama 3, and indie sensations Blackbud. After venturing into folk music, Antoine began writing and performing solo, focusing on original folk inspired songs and traditional music. Antoine has also performed at a variety of festivals both as a solo artist and in various bands.
Owena Archer has played on the folk scene for over twenty years, composing her own folk tunes and playing harmonising fiddle parts in various successful folk bands. She has shared stages with the likes of the Oysterband, Show of Hands, Megson, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman. Owena has also played numerous folk festivals as well as guesting at several folk clubs.
As a duo, Antoine & Owena have had the please fo playing support slots for may of their folk heroes, including Martin & Eliza Carthy, Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, and Reg Meuross. Since winning the Purbeck Rising Competition at Purbeck Folk Festival in 2017 they have had considerable success on the folk festival circuit and have been seen regularly at many of the country’s prominent folk and music festivals. Not ones to shy away from a good competition, they entered the Leigh Folk Festival Open Mic competition in 2019 and were one of three finalists, finishing runners-up.
In February 2018 they released there debut 4-track EP. In May 2018 they went to the famous Real World Studios to record their debut album “Hands, Hearts and Hangings” which was released in June 2018 and is available to buy as a download from iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp, and is available on CD via Bandcamp.