West Country-based David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are in great demand throughout the UK and abroad, playing a lively mix of traditional tunes, arranged by them for fiddle and classical guitar, covers of popular songs and original compositions.
They have performed at a whole variety of festivals, events and concerts around the UK, and as far afield as The Netherlands, which have included supporting Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE and Kate Rusby along the way – and this will be the forth time they have played at a Music on the Levels concerts.
David plays guitar (one he has made himself) while Graham provides the vocal as well as playing fiddle. In an unusual coincidence they both trained as luthiers after they left school.
‘Yep, both of us wanted to spend our time making guitars’, says Graham, ‘Life, of course, always gets in the way somewhat and by the time our paths crossed we’d both retrained. I’d been designing furniture, then houses, got qualified and started running my own architectural practice. Dave had been to University and trained as a teacher.
‘Once music has a hold of you it doesn’t let go easily and Dave and I found ourselves playing together in a ceilidh band called Fiddlestix. ‘We realised we had very similar musical tastes and both wanted to spend a lot more time playing music, so we started a duo …’
Mitchell and Vincent have been described as:
‘Musicians who tell stories with their melodies’ (Wessex Folk Festival)
’At all times, the interplay between David Mitchell’s guitar and Graham Vincent’s fiddle is quite stunning.’ (Acoustic magazine)
‘A breath of fresh air . . . . . breath-taking music and performance.’ (CIC, Taunton)
‘Bringing the crowd to tears one moment and to their feet the next.’ (Lyme Folk Weekend).
The government has changed the regulations so it is not now compulsory to wear face coverings. However, as with the last concert, in order to keep everyone as safe as possible there will be no interval to avoid too much milling about.
Again, refreshments will not be provided on this occasion.
And as a courtesy to each other and to help us provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone, we are encouraging the wearing of a face covering at least until seated, unless exempt for medical reasons. And there will be a QR code for checking in.
Finally, in order to help with the artists’ and other costs we are reinstating the raffle in addition to encouraging donations. It costs an average of £300 to put on a concert!
Importantly, if you want to come to the concert, please contact me, Frank Challenger, on 01278 699071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can control numbers if necessary.