As well as a fine fiddler, guitarist, composer, producer and wit, Simon Mayor is one of the world's leading mandolin players. His live performances are a riot of humourous anecdotes and off-the-cuff wit alongside dazzling musicianship. Simon Mayor has an unequalled reputation in folk and classical circles alike. With his debut 'The Mandolin Album', he embarked on a series of recordings to realise his longstanding intention to give the mandolin a uniquely British voice.
From the Wigmore Hall to the Glastonbury Festival to conducting the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, Gerald Garcia's reputation is confirmed as one of the world's finest guitarists. He has toured with the likes of John Williams and Paco Pena, appeared with such diverse talents as Michel Legrand, Barbara Streisand, Larry Coryell and Wayne Shorter, has six solo albums out on the Naxos label... and always brings the wackiest sense of humour to his performances!
Hilary James may be best known for her fine singing, but she also takes her place in the Mandolinquents pounding the mighty mandobass. Her superb voice defies categorisation and has featured everywhere from Classic FM to Radio 1's Andy Kershaw. Covering everything from traditional folk music to blues and swing, her four solo CDs have been played on radio stations from Los Angeles to Latvia.
Richard Collins appeared as both actor and musician with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their 2002 production of 'A Winter's Tale'. To give you a bit of Richard's background, he first picked up a guitar at the age of nine and within a couple of years was stunningly adept on a number of stringed instruments. By his mid-teens he was much in demand at bluegrass festivals and arts centres in his native Hampshire. Now highly regarded as a mandolinist and guitarist, he is also one of the hottest (and subtlest) 5 string banjo players around.