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Feile Iorras Folk Arts FestivalFeile Iorras Folk Arts Festival
Saturday, 29th July 2006

Saturday 29th July

Venue: Ionad Deirbhle, Eachleim, Belmullet, Co.Mayo, Ireland.
Box Office + 353 - 97 - 81952 Tickets €5.00 €3.00 concessions. Performance Time: 9.00pm


Hilary James & Simon Mayor

Hilary James was one of the first musicians to set up her own label back in 1979. Since that time she has released a total of twenty two albums, as well as a catalogue of best selling music books and videos with long-time partner, Britain's leading mandolin virtuoso Simon Mayor. Indeed their names are usually mentioned in the same breath: they have played on each other's albums and run bands together since the mid 70s.

Quintessentially English, they easily cross the great musical divides from British ballads to blues and Berlioz. They have that rare ability that allows them to perform a truly diverse array of music with respect and affection held together by humorous introductions.

There can’t be many performers who slide easily from a beautifully evocative Irish ballad into a mandolin and guitar version of Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and then have the audience singing one of their own notorious comic songs, but it’s this wry humour and an easy informal stage manner that holds it all together.

Catalogue + +

Children’s Favourites: CDACS 054

Over seventy minutes of musical fun and sketches from the classics to original and traditional songs and tunes for all ages.

A dazzling array of real instruments are featured including fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjos, ukuleles, percussion and much more.

Lullabies With Mandolins: CDACS 049
Simon Mayor and Hilary James present a bedtime collection of traditional songs and classical tunes graced by Hilary's sublime vocals and laced with Simon's peerless mandolin playing. Tracklist:

Laughing With the Moon: CDACS 047
Hilary James & Simon Mayor's Laughing With The Moon is a mixture of traditional and original songs and tunes, including a Playford Dance, Carolan's Concerto, heart-rending traditional ballads and lively reels. With guests Frank Kilkelly (guitar), Phil Fentimen (guitar & double bass), Alan Whetton (soprano saxophone) and Simon Price (drums).

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