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GIG: Ben Walker, Simon Mayor, Hilary James, Janet Giraudo

Thursday 7 Jul 8pm–10pm, 2022

  • £12 - Adults
  • £6 - Concessions

Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

This week’s tutor’s concert brings together two virtuoso musicians who are tutoring masterclasses in guitar and mandolin at Halsway Manor this week, with the fine voices of ‘Two Sisters’ Hilary James and Janet Giraudo.

BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker was recently hailed as one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine. A versatile composer and producer, as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, his passion is putting old jewels in new settings. Ben’s signature style has been sought out from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company. His solo album, Echo, was released in July 2019 to critical acclaim and his characteristically warm, whimsical and virtuosic solo set regularly delights folk audiences in the UK and further afield.

“A fabulous, versatile guitarist”. Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2, The Folk Show
“Just floors me every time I hear it…his guitar playing is second to none”. Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3, The Late Junction
“Beautiful… stunning, some of the best guitar playing you are likely to hear”. Greg Russell, BBC New Traditions

Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos and composers for the instruments. His 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 maintains his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC’s Playschool!

“A remarkable mandolin player… displaying a dazzling fluidity, Mayor is also master of tonal variations.” R2 Magazine

His playing moves effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability.


Hilary James and Simon Mayor are well known as a duo, but tonight, joined by Hilary’s sister, Janet Giraudo, you get the full trio exerience! They combine a truly dazzling array of musical and vocal talents, with a wry sense of humour and an easy, informal stage manner. Expect a harmonious and pleasing multilingual, multifaceted menu of folksong, pop song, ragtime and baroque, with sophisticated, typically polished instrumental support from Simon.

“An elegant, classy delight.” fRoots Magazine