“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. He has supported some established folk acts, including Ellie Lawson, and Ian W Brown. 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.
In February 2018 they supported Eliza and Martin Carthy at the Whitchurch Folk Club. In January 2018 they released their first self-titled 4-track EP.
In May 2018 they went to the famous Real World Studios to record their debut album “Hands, Hearts and Hangings” which is due for release late June.