Antonio Forcione (born 1960) is an Italian guitarist, composer and performer. He started recording in 1983 and has appeared on dozens of albums. Antonio Forcione was born in a village on the Adriatic shore of Molise. He drew first public attention at 13 when he toured Italy with his own band as a guitarist, mandolinist and drummer. A few years later he obtained a diploma in art and sculpture from the Art Institute in Ancona where he started studying percussion. For two more years he studied harmony and mime in Rome, before moving to London in 1983. Unable to speak English, he initially resorted to busking in the streets of LondonÔs Covent Garden. Within 2 months he had won an award which led to a BBC television appearance before being whisked off to open for Barclay James Harvest on a major European tour, culminating in a concert at Wembley Arena. Forcione toured and performed with comedians Boothby Graffoe, Django Edwards, Stephen Frost, Tanderika and Ursus & Nadeschkin. Between 1992 and 1996 he performed with (and was musical director for) the musical group Ol├®. In 2001 he won the ÔBest Spirit of the Fringe AwardÔ at the Edinburgh Festival with a resulting tour of Australia, doing both straight music and music-comedy.