Simon Mayor & Hilary James
Thursday, 21st July
Most Holy Trinity Church
Simon Mayor is not only a world-renowned , virtuoso mandolinist but also an extremely accomplished fiddle player, guitarist, composer and humourist.
His partner, Hilary James is a very talented musician playing mandobass ( this large instrument is almost as big as she is! ) and guitar. She is also a superb, versatile singer whose lovely voice captures the essence and timbre of folk songs, the blues and standards.
When they perform a classical piece like the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel you can almost imagine that they are being backed by a full orchestra. This performance will be a remarkable, memorable musical experience.
‘One of Britain’s finest voices’
BBC Radio 4
‘One of the world’s leading mandolinists’
BBC Radio 3
‘A whole stream of mirthful anecdotes, blurry-fingered precision and sweetly sung blues, standards and folk songs’
The Glasgow Herald
‘A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour.’
‘Just fantastic to go and see live’
BBC Radio 3
‘Musicien-virtuose Simon Mayor surfe avec une telle maestria que chaque évocation est un veritable moment de jubilation.’
Trad Mag (France)
‘Sheer Musical Brilliance.’
BBC World Service
‘Left you feelin lik you were floatin on a peerie cloud somewhar.’
‘Superb instrumentalists, Mayor is an acclaimed mandolin virtuoso, as well as a fine guitarist and fiddler, and James plays mandobass and guitar. Her elegant, articulate voice, however, is her greatest asset and a compliment to Mayor’s gentle, friendly baritone.’
Dirty Linen (USA)