About us

Simon Mayor & Hilary JamesSimon Mayor and Hilary James have toured the world from Vancouver to Singapore playing to both adults and children. They have written and performed for numerous BBC Radio and TV programmes, appearing everywhere from Playdays to live broadcasts on the classical music station, Radio 3.

Simon is regarded as one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos, as well as a fine fiddler and guitarist, and has recorded six highly acclaimed albums.

Hilary, described on BBC Radio 4 as ‘one of Britain’s finest voices’, plays guitar and some rather unusual bass instruments. She is also a qualified teacher.

Together they have worked as songwriters and musical directors for BBC TV and Radio, and also presented BBC Schools Music programmes for six years. They have written over fifty childrens songs which feature on their Musical Mystery Tour CDs. A Musical Mystery Tour songbook is published by Faber Music.

For news of other recordings by Hilary James and Simon Mayor of folk, celtic, classical, swing and blues.. and lots of mandolin music… visit folksong.co.uk (Hilary), mandolin.co.uk (Simon) and our secure online catalogue at the Acoustics Records website.