Based in Dorset and Somerset, Mitchell and Vincent bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles, as well as original material drawing on the folk traditions, using varied arrangements to create stories with their tune sets as well as songs. Both Graham and David are also trained luthiers and play instruments hand-crafted by themselves.
After first meeting in a ceilidh band, they decided to form a duo and since then have gone on to perform concerts around the UK (including festivals such as Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Oxford, Lyme Regis and Beverley) as well as supported renowned musicians including Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE, Jackie Oates, Damien O’Kane 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. Intricate instrumentalism and pulsing rhythms abound … 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.”
Their third album ‘The Preservation of Fire’ was released at the end of August 2019 and has been played on various radio shows around the world including BBC programmes ‘The Drift’ with Emma Sweeney and The Johnny Coppin Show. – Folk Radio review: “Sitting still to these might suggest that something is very wrong with you.”…”Timeless; exquisite production; great selection of tunes; social commentary. What’s not to like? Nothing.” – FATEA review: “Delivering traditional and not-so-traditional music in a fresh and entertaining style”…” Very entertaining, varied and skilfully played collection of tunes and songs.”
A few comments on live performances: – J. Hayes, Festival Director, Lyme Folk Weekend: “Highlight of the festival … Bringing the crowd to tears one moment and to their feet the next.” – C. Deacon, Bridport Folk Festival Director: “Without doubt an extremely accomplished and entertaining duo. Definitely a must see!” – K. King at Readifolk Club: “Mitchell and Vincent were completely amazing. Such expression and dynamics in their playing whilst still staying tight as a duo and the songs were so deftly and beautifully delivered. I was spellbound.” – Dreamers Folk Club (Cornwall), “Excellent night with Mitchell and Vincent on classical guitar, fiddle and voice. Not just technically brilliant but played with warmth and feeling.”