Join Hilary & Simon for a musical evening of Hoagy, Hornpipes, Handel & Hoedown. This is a witty and captivating mix of folk, swing, blues and classical showstoppers spiced with Simon Mayor’s unique brand of off-beat humour and Hilary’s honeydripping voice.
They slide easily from a beautifully evocative Irish ballads into a mandolin and guitar version of Handels Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and finish with everyone singing one of their own notoriously comic songs (reminiscent of Hillaire Belloch and Flanders and Swan).
Thurs 4. Victoria Hall 24 Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9DZ
Tel: 01729 825718 Tickets £14.00 — From 7:00 p.m.
Sheffield. Weekend workshops Fri 5th to Sun 7th
Simon Mayor Mandolin Retreat Hilary James Voice Retreat
Fri 5th from 5:00 p.m to Sun 7th. 5:00 p.m. Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Sheffield, Yorks S7 1NQ
Tel: 0118 9268615
Sat 6. Kenwood Hall Hotel Kenwood Road, Sheffield, Yorks S7 1NQ
Tel: 0118 9268615 Tickets £10.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Sat 13. South Hill Park Arts Centre Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7PA
Tel: 01344 484 123 Tickets £14.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Florence Petit & Elias SIbley
Six Centuries of Spectacular Song
Sat 3. The Morrell Room Church Lane, Streatley, Berkshire RG8 9HT
Tel: 0118 9268615 Tickets £15.00 — From 7:30 p.m.
Simon Mayor & Hilary James Somerset.
Weekend Workshops Fri 25th to Sun 27th
Simon Mayor Mandolin Workshop Hilary James Voice Workshop
Fri 25th to Sunday 27th: Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA44BD
Tel: 01984 618 274.
Simon Mayor, Hilary James and Janet Giraudo
Sat 26. Halsway Manor Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA44BD
Tel: 01984 618 274 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Simon Mayor is one of the worlds leading mandolin virtuosos and composers for the instrument as well as a fine guitarist, fiddle player and wit.
Hilary James elegant singing is regarded as one of the purest singing voices to be found on the English musical stage. Quintessentially English, they easily cross the great musical divides from British ballads to blues and Berlioz.
They have that rare ability that allows them to perform a truly diverse array of music with respect and affection held together by humorous introductions.
Their repertoire encompasses folk, traditional, Celtic, swing, blues and classical music richly illustrated by a diverse range of instruments from mandolin, guitar, banjo’s, ukuleles, double bass and Hilary’s famous giant mandobass – the latter generates a lot of interest at performances.