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The Mandolinquents feature everything from hot swing and ragtime instrumentals from the mandolin orchestras of the 1930s: Irving Berlin, Mozart, Ravel and Tchaikovsky to lively reels and beautiful traditional Irish airs to Chinese and Brazilian folk tunes.

All this played with infectious fun, off-beat humour and stunning virtuosity on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass and classical guitar, with the occasional burst of song or fiddle.

Their November 2015 gig takes place tonight at the Newark Music Club, Barnby Gate Methodist Church, Newark, Notts NG24 1PX (Saturday 21st November) Tel: 01522 811203 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

And in December 2015 music lovers can attend Simon Mayor’s Mandolinquents Christmas Party on Thursday Decemver 17th at The Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BQ. Tel: 01635 244246 Tickets £14.00 — From 8:00 p.m.

Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolinists as well as a fine fiddle player, guitarist, composer and wit. His live performances of classical and contemporary works are a riot of humorous anecdotes and off-the-cuff wit alongside dazzling musicianship. With his debut ‘The Mandolin Album in 1990 he embarked on a series of recordings to realise his longstanding intention to give the mandolin a uniquely British voice. The CD was immediately made Recording of the Week on BBC Radio 2 and received huge popular and critical acclaim.

He now leads Britain’s first modern mandolin quartet, the Mandolinquents. The quartet emerged from a 1997 line up, The Mandolin All-Stars with multi-instrumentalists Maartin Allcock and Chris Leslie of Fairport Convention, and long time musical partner, Hilary James. Originally intended as an occasional all-star get-together, fast growing demand meant that a permanent line-up had to be found. The Mandolinquents now includes the renowned classical guitar virtuoso Gerald Garcia, UK banjo champion, Richard Collins and ‘one of Britain’s finest voices’ Hilary James doubling on mandobass.

Separate performances to The Mandolinquents see Hilary James & Simon Mayor take music lovers through a musical evening of Hoagy, Hornpipes, Handel & Hoedown. These shows are a witty and captivating mix of folk, swing, blues and classical showstoppers spiced with Simon Mayor’s unique brand of off-beat humour and Hilary’s honeydripping voice.

Other chances to catch Simon with Hilary James & Richard Collins include on November 25th at The Crooked Billett, Newlands Lane, Stoke Row, Henley On Thames, RG9 5PU. Tel: 01491 681048 Tickets £12.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m. 

And in December Hilary James & Simon Mayor are at Aston Tirrold United Reformed Church, Spring Lane, Aston Tirrold, Nr Didcot, OX11 9EJ on Saturday the 5th. Tel: 01235 850423  Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m. On Monday the 19th December the pair are at Byfield Village Hall The Green, Byfield, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6UT. Tel:  01327 260483 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Early 2016 dates include a Mandolin & Voice Workshop Weekend on Thursday January 15th at the Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA44BD. Tel: 01984 618274 and in April the pair perform at Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes, E. Sussex BN7 2DJ on Saturday 16th of April. Tel: 01273 476757 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

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