A Christmas Cracker – Simon & Hilary’s Winter Warmer

Simon Mayor & Hilary James (Mandolinquents for larger venues)

A winter’s romp through snow-capped seasonal songs and mandolin and fiddle instrumentals hot enough to cook a turkey. New takes on some old favourites alongside some beautiful French carols, poignant traditional songs, original settings of seasonal poems and the silliest of sing-alongs.

Hilary James will be singing an original setting of Shakespeare’s Winter (from Love’s Labours Lost). Watch the video:The show will also feature a short, pre-concert, seasonal film of Hilary’s animated art with music and poems. (15mins). Watch an extract:


Simon Mayor and Hilary JamesWinter With Mandolins

‘The most beautiful bell-like mandolin sound I have ever heard’
The Living Tradition

Simon’s album ‘Winter with Mandolins’, was Recording Of The Week on BBC World Service.

The CD features many unusual and beautiful carols and seasonal instrumentals including a lively arrangements of familiar favourites I Saw Three Ships and Past Three O’Clock alongside evocative Basque and Provencal carols. We will be performing these live for the first time on tour in December 2019.


     Winter (Wm Shakespeare / S Mayor)

     I Saw Three Ships (trad)

     Un Flambeau, Jeanette Isabelle (trad arr Mayor/James)

     Christmas Candle (Russian trad)

     La Marche Des Rois (trad arr Mayor/James)

     The Snowman’s Song (Mayor/James)