Hilary James

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Hilary James
Born Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Genres Folk, Classical, Blues, Swing
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, Artist
Instruments Vocals, Mandobass, Double bass, Guitar
Years active 1976–present
Labels Acoustics Records
Associated acts Mandolinquents, Simon Mayor, Slim Panatella & the Mellow Virginians, Spredthick
Website www.folksong.co.uk
Notable instruments
Mandobass by Robin Greenwood

Hilary James is a British musician. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist she plays guitar, mandobass (bass mandolin)[1] and is a singer, and songwriter.[2] She works mostly with her partner Simon Mayor[3] and with their ensemble the Mandolinquents. Mayor and James originally toured as the duo "Spredthick".


Hilary James - solo[edit]

  • Burning Sun (1993)[3]
  • Love, Lust and Loss (1996)
  • Bluesy (1999)
  • Laughing with the Moon (2004)
  • English Sketches (2011)

Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians[edit]

Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians comprised : Hilary James, Simon Mayor and Andy Baum

  • Sweet Nicotina (vinyl single) (1988)
  • Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians ON CD (2001)

Collaboration (for children)[edit]

The Collaboration (for children) comprised : Hilary James and Simon Mayor

  • Lullabies with Mandolins (2004)
  • Children's Favourites from Acoustics (2005)
  • Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! - Musical Mystery Tour vol 1 (2000)
  • Up In A Big Balloon - Musical Mystery Tour vol 2 (2000)
  • A BIg Surprise - Musical Mystery Tour vol 3 (2000)
  • Snowmen & Kings - Musical Mystery Tour vol 4 (2000)
  • Midsummer Market - Musical Mystery Tour vol 5 (2000)

Collaboration (for adults) Mandolinquents[edit]

  • Dance of the Comedians (2007)
  • Mandolinquents (1997)

Collaboration (for adults) - Simon Mayor and Hilary James[edit]

  • The English Mandolin (2006)
  • Duos (2001)

Simon Mayor (with Hilary James)[edit]

  • Music from a Small Island (2006)


  1. ^ Price, Karen (2009-09-22). "Theatre preview: The Mandolinquents, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan". Wales Online. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Simon Mayor and Hilary James return to South Street". Get Bracknell. 2009-01-12. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Album review: Hilary James". The Scotsman. 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 

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