Simon Mayor publishes anthology of poetry and prose

Of Death And A Banana Skin

A familiar name in the rarified atmosphere of planet mandolin, maestro Mayor swaps plectrum for pen in this first anthology of words. In verse and prose, and with wit, warmth, poignancy and intelligence, Mayor offers down-to-earth observations of his native and adopted haunts, laced with preposterous accounts of the haps and mishaps of his musical profession. The sticks and stones of the Yorkshire Dales, the delights of Reading, the quirks of Hay-on-Wye, the castles of Cleethorpes (sandy ones), noisy nights and country kissing all covered with perspicacity and humour!

“It was Hilary James who first persuaded me to read a poem during a concert. I chose The Stick, and people seemed to like it. For years we had performed together on stage, she singing (mostly), me playing (mostly), but we both did both. This was usually as a duo, but also with our mandolin quartet The Mandolinquents and in other occasional configurations. Perhaps I’ll be more specific about my poems and her means of persuasion. She got me in an armlock, twisted it violently up my back before threatening to push it that extra inch to tear the tendons, thus preventing me from playing the mandolin ever again. SAS training is so rigorous it becomes instinctive. The thought of not playing the mandolin was unthinkable, but after thinking about it, I thought it best to succumb, and just a few years later we published Of Death And A Banana Skin.”

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Tour Dates January 2019

Simon Mayor & Hilary James Somerset. Weekend Workshops Fri  25th to Sun 27th
Simon Mayor Mandolin Workshop Hilary James Voice Workshop

Fri  25th to Sunday 27th: Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA44BD
Tel: 01984 618 274 See website for full details
Simon Mayor, Hilary James and Janet Giraudo In Concert

Sat 26th Halsway Manor Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA44BD
Tel: 01984 618 274 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Tour Dates March 2019

Simon Mayor & Hilary James
Sun 10th Ilkley Playhouse Weston Rd, Ilkley, W. Yorkshire LS29 8DW
Tel: 01943 609539 Tickets £14.00  — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Simon Mayor & Hilary James
Thur 14th Toll Gavel United Church Toll Gavel, Beverley, E. Yorkshire HU17 9AA
Tel: 01262 678 258 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Simon Mayor & Hilary James
Fri 15th The Ram Folk Club,  The Old Cranleighan Club, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0HB
Tel: 0208 686 9421 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Simon Mayor & Hilary James Tour of schools for Cambridgeshire Music Live
Tue 19th to Fri 22nd. Cambridgeshire Music Live
Office: 36 Mayfield Road, Huntingdon PE29 Tel:01480 373 500

Simon Mayor Mandolin Retreat
Sun 31st March – Thur 4th April. Falcon Manor, Falcon Gardens, Settle, North Yorks.  BD24 9BD
Tel: 0118 9268615  See website for full details