Simon’s hilarious banter and mandolin wizardry (he’s one of the world’s leading virtuosos, not to mention his fine guitar and fiddle playing) meets Hilary’s “wonderfully honey-dripping voice” and unusual basses! Also we will be delighted to have back, Hilary’s singing sister Janet Giraudo will be joining them to add her own lilting soprano to exquisite harmonies.
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 his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC’s Playschool!
“Matchless playing and breadth of genres, from classical to ragtime. Superb.” Musician Magazine
Hilary James’ ‘elegant singing’ (Daily Telegraph) has received much acclaim: quintessentially English but easily crossing the great musical divides from British folk ballads to blues and Berlioz. She’s famed too for an unlikely taste in bass instruments (she could turn up with her giant mandobass or slimline, semi-acoustic double bass). Her fine guitar accompaniments cross the genres from Vivaldi to bluegrass and she might even manage a step-dance if the wind is in the right direction.
Janet Giraudo now lives in France, her French experience adds more interesting layers to The Two Sister’s collaborative works. Hilary and Janet have recorded their debut album Songs & Chansons with Simon’s input as multi-instrumentalist and producer.