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It was some 20 years ago that Hilary James and Simon Mayor last played to an audience in Strontian – and that was a class of school children, writes Nic Goddard.
The welcome from the audience at Resipole Studios for their gig last week was just as enthusiastic though and the performance ended with their famous parrot song which required audience participation and parrot impersonations aplenty.
This multi-talented duo seem to have every single creative art covered between the two of them, and as they passed a guitar back and forth to accompany each other singing, reciting self- penned poetry or playing an impressive array of stringed instruments they cross over as well as
complement each other with their talents.
The event began with a short film of James’ art work, thanks to digital technology capturing every stroke and correction of her tablet drawn pieces almost like an animation, inspired by the poetry and song writing skills of Mayor and accompanied by playing and singing.
It was a mesmerising watch and listen and a great introduction to the evening.
Mayor is widely recognised as a world leader in mandolin playing and composing while James has released countless solo and collaborative albums of her singing and instrument playing.
Weaving their music with funny stories and anecdotes, encouraging the
audience to join in with choruses and engaging everyone in conversation before and after this was an intimate evening with two very talented artists.
Resipole Studios is an art gallery and arts venue near Acharacle open year round. This was the final music event of 2019, ending a programme of eclectic events for this year, but gallery owner Andrew Sinclair promised another great programme for 2020.
Simon Mayor and Hilary James entertained an appreciative audience at Resipole Studios recently.
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