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Hilary James
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James with her mandobass
Background information
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
Spredthick, Towersey 1980
James (centre) with "Spredthick" at the 1980 Towersey Festival
Hilary James, UK folk musician, Towersey Festival 1980
Hilary James (double bass) at the 1980 Towersey Festival

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


Hilary James – solo

  • Burning Sun (1993)
  • Love, Lust and Loss (1996)
  • Bluesy (1999)
  • Laughing with the Moon (2004)
  • English Sketches (2011)
  • You Don't Know (2015)

Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians

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)

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

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

Collaboration (for adults) – Simon Mayor and Hilary James

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

Simon Mayor (with Hilary James)

  • Music from a Small Island (2006)
  • The Art of Mandolin (2014)
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