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Simon Mayor’s Mandolinquents

June 2014

Sat 14th June Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9DZ
Tel: 01729 825718 Tickets £15.00 — From 7:00 p.m.

Simon Mayor’s Mandolinquents Sat 14th June Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9DZ

Simon Mayor, Gerald Garcia, Hilary James & Richard Collins

The Mandolinquents feature everything from hot swing and ragtime instrumentals from the mandolin orchestras of the 1930s: Irving Berlin, Mozart, Ravel and Tchaikovsky to lively reels and beautiful traditional Irish airs to Chinese and Brazilian folk tunes.
All this played with infectious fun, off-beat humour and stunning virtuosity on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass and classical guitar, with the occasional burst of song or fiddle.

Simon Mayor – mandolin, violin, guitar, fiddle player, guitarist, composer, wit, Simon Mayor is best known as one of the world’s leading mandolinists, and his groundbreaking recordings, radio series and books have helped to put the mandolin back on the UK map. His live performances are a riot of humorous anecdotes and off-the-cuff wit alongside dazzling musicianship. He has produced a wealth of teaching books and DVDs, including ‘The Mandolin Tutor’, which is now widely regarded as the standard work for the instrument.

Hilary James – vocals, mandobass. Among the hundreds of other applicants for the lucrative job of mandobass player in The Mandolinquents, none could also offer the ‘elegant singing’ (Daily Telegraph) of Hilary James: a voice quintessentially English but easily crossing the great musical divides from British ballads to blues and Berlioz. She has recorded four critically acclaimed solo albums. And if the wind is in the right direction you might catch her doing a step dance as well! Offstage, she’s a busy artist and, with Simon Mayor, has presented music education programmes for national BBC Radio and has written over 60 children’s songs.

Richard Collins – mandolin, banjo, mandobass – Richard Collins first picked up a guitar at the age of nine and within a couple of years was stunningly adept at a number of stringed instruments. Now revered as a mandolinist and guitarist, he is also one of the hottest (and subtlest) 5 string banjo players around. He tours with visiting American artists and has even been dragged back across the Atlantic for session work in Nashville. His latest project is a flatpick guitar teaching DVD which he managed to record in between Mandolinquents commitments and playing with his own ‘A Band Like Alice’ A man with a sense of humour, he can lay claim to the world’s largest repertoire of self-deprecating banjo jokes.

Gerald Garcia – classical guitar – In a typical twenty five hour day, the tireless Mr. Garcia crams in a host of extra-mandolinquential activity. A prolific composer and arranger for the classical guitar, he has also written and arranged many orchestral works. Currently Musical Director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, he has also worked with the outreach sections of the English National Opera and Kent Opera. He has recorded six solo albums for the Naxos label, and is featured on several other recordings on the Meridian and BMG labels. In 1975 he was one of the first western guitarists to play in China. His culinary skills are legendary and his pre-concert green chilli eating competitions with Mr. Collins regularly draw huge crowds.

Hilary James:
2011    English Sketches                        CDACS 059       Solo
2004    Laughing with the Moon                  CDACS 047       Solo
2001    Duos                                    CDACS 042       Duo
1999    Bluesy                                  CDACS 041       Solo
1996    Love, Lust and Loss                     CDACS 029       Solo
1993    Burning Sun                             CDACS 016       Solo

Simon Mayor with Hilary James & Simon Mayor’s Mandolinquents:
2007    Music From a Small Island               CDACS 055
2007    Dance of the Comedians          CDACS 056
1998    New Celtic Mandolin                     CDACS 035
1997    Mandolinquents                          CDACS 034
1995    The English Mandolin                    CDACS 025
1992    Winter with Mandolins                   CDACS 015
1990    The Mandolin Album                      CDACS 012

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