As heard recently on BBC Radio 4, Saturday Live and Radio 3 In Tune.
They’ve lost count of the number of air and road miles they’ve clocked up over the last few years, but with the twin passports of Hilary’s "wonderfully, honey-dripping voice" and Simon’s standing as one of the world’s most renowned mandolinists – in any genre – they’ve taken on an impressive and diverse array of international engagements from Vancouver Folk Festival and The Stephen Leacock Humour Festival (Canada) to Rudoldstat World Music Festival (Germany) and guesting at the Classical Mandolin Society of America.
It’s probably the diversity that surprises most people who haven’t seen them before; the voice and mandolin playing isn’t even the half of it. Both highly talented guitarists, Hilary is also an occasional step-dancer and arguably one of Berkshire’s greatest mandobass players, Simon a dazzling fiddler.
With a repertoire easily crossing from traditional ballads to blues, Berlioz, classical mandolin show-stoppers and some of their own notorious comic songs, it’s all wrapped up in a hugely entertaining stage show and some wry, dry humour. Serious stuff – but don’t take it seriously! Find them at www.mandolin.co.uk.
"Britain’s leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso"
"one of Britain’s finest voices"
– BBC Radio 4.
"Virtuoso mandolin, elegant vocals, guitar and fiddle wizardry, and a stage show that ranges from witty to hilarious. Expect anything from a Vivaldi concerto, trad folk, jazz standards, Celtic, ragtime, blues, a deadly accurate tribute to Jake Thackray and, of course, that song about the parrot!"
"A witty and captivating mix of folk, swing, blues and classical showstoppers"
– The Guardian
"Just fantastic to go and see live. Do catch them if you can."
– Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3
"Sheer Musical Brilliance."
– BBC World Service
"… left you feelin lik you were floatin on a peerie cloud somewhar."
– Shetland Times
Simon Mayor’s many faceted career includes his own series on BBC Radio 2, an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart and causing mayhem at a Canadian humour festival, but his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC’s Playschool!
Hilary James’ "elegant singing" (Daily Telegraph) easily crosses the great musical divides from folksong to blues, Irving Berlin and Berlioz. Played on radio everywhere from to Latvia to Los Angeles she’s also famed for an unusual taste in bass instruments including her giant mandobass… and she might even manage a step-dance if the wind’s in the right direction.
Full price: £12
Concession price: £10