Antoine & Owena
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 classical and folk violin styles of classically trained violinist 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 story-telling 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, 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 Reg Meuross.
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 was preceded by the release of the single, “Botany Bay”, which reached the top of the Amazon Folk Best Sellers Chart and received extensive local, national and international radio play. The album received positive reviews from critics, with R’n’R Magazine calling it “A very pleasant album”, and Folking.com’s Dai Jeffries commented it was “even better than their first”. FATEA Magazine called the duo’s performance “strong and assured”, rounding off with “onwards and upwards for this folk duo”. In 2020 they won the Graham Steel Music Company Award for Best Duo.
The duo are currently working on their third studio album which will be released in 2021, and have already been confirmed for several folk festivals for the Summer.
Antoine & Owena Quotes
Dai Jeffries, Folking.com – Album review
“A clean-cut style makes for an easy listening experience, with Antoine’s light, melodic vocal combined with Owena’s lovely harmonies and fiddle.”
RnR Magazine – Album review
“Hands, Hearts and Hangings is a fine offering…It’s clear to see why this duo are making such an impression in the world of folk.”
FATEA Magazine – Album review
“Very entertaining! Great humour and good music!”
Discovery review from Beggar’s Fair 2018 – Live review
“This delightful duo play with passion, energy and professionalism.”
Kevin Rowe, The Loft Acoustic Venue – Live review
“Rather good indeed!”
Frank Hennessey, BBC Wales – Single review