Simon Mayor and Hilary James

Simon Mayor & Hilary James

Tuesday 19th July at 7:30pm (Doors and bar open at 7:00pm)

"Sheer Musical Brilliance" - BBC World Service

"A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour." - The Guardian

Virtuoso mandolin, sensational songs, hot swing fiddle and huge lashings of fun. It’s probably the diversity of their repertoire that surprises people most: from folk songs to Berlioz, blues, classical mandolin show-stoppers, swing fiddle, and maybe a couple of their own infamous comic songs. Oh, and Hilary might even manage a step dance if the wind’s in the right direction!

Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos as well as a fine guitarist and fiddle player. Regarded equally highly in classical and folk circles alike, his recordings and live performances have been applauded everywhere from BBC World Service (Winter with mandolins was "Recording of the Week") to the Classical Mandolin Society of America. He has made the UK Classical Artist Chart Top Ten and his CD Music from a Small Island was declared "folk album of the year" in The Daily Telegraph. He has had his own series on Radio 2 and an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart, 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 Celtic ballads to blues and Berlioz. Her CDs have been played everywhere from Radio 1 to Latvia and Los Angeles. Described on BBC Radio 4 as "one of Britain’s finest voices" she is also famed for an unusual taste in bass instruments (she may turn up with her giant mandobass or slimline acoustic bass). A fine guitarist she accompanies Simon on guitar on anything from a Vivaldi concerto to a Brazilian Tango. Her English Sketches CD received 4 star reviews in both The Sunday Times and The Scotsman and was one of the Sunday Times Critics Best Ten World Music Albums for 2011.

If above hasn’t convinced you to come along, have a look at their 10 minute showreel video


Tickets (£15) should be booked with Peter Burnham, preferably by email to peter.burnham@gmail.com . Alternatively telephone him on 01665 711388.

Where Are We

Warkworth Memorial Hall, 40 Castle Street, Warkworth, Northumberland, NE65 0UN. See Warkworth Memorial Hall website for directions.