December, 2018

15Dec7:30 pm9:30 pmSlim Panatella and the Mellow VirginiansSeasonal songs7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Price: £16


(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Recital Room

South Hill Park, Ringmead, RG12 7PA



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Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians

Join Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians for some snow-capped seasonal songs, and mandolin and fiddle instrumentals, hot enough to cook a Christmas turkey. New takes on some old favourites alongside a beautiful French carol, original settings of seasonal poems and the zaniest of seasonal sing-alongs.

An aural orgy of dazzling musicianship. THE INDEPENDENT

Smoking fret boards! This world class collective on mandolin, violin and bass will light up your evening with an addictive blend of 30’s, 40’s and 50’s jazz, swing, ragtime, country blues and originals. The band features composer, wit, fiddler and guitarist Simon Mayor, three time UK banjo champion Richard Collins, and sublime English folk vocalist Hilary James, who is also a mean guitar and mandobass player. ENTS 24


Meet the band:

Richard Collins

Three time UK banjo champion and flat-pick guitar wizard, Richard Collins also tours with American artists and has even been dragged back across the Atlantic for session work in Nashville.  Apart from his consummate skill as a musician, Richard has reputedly the largest repertoire of self-deprecating banjo jokes in the world. He appeared as both actor and musician in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of ‘A Winter’s Tale’

Simon Mayor

Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolin players as well as fine fiddler, guitarist, composer, producer and wit,. His live performances are a riot of humorous anecdotes and off-the-cuff wit alongside dazzling musicianship. With an unequalled reputation in folk, bluegrass and classical circles alike his recordings have been heralded across the media from magazines such as as Q, Vox, fRoots, Rock ‘n’ Reel, The Living Tradition (Scotland), Sing Out (USA), Trad Mag (France) and Cosmopolitan, to BBC World Service’ BBC World Service, Radio 2 , Radio 3’s In Tune and the Classic FM Artist Chart top ten.

Hilary James

Hilary James may be best known for her exquisite singing, but she’s also plays the double and mighty mandobass and is a mean guitar picker. Her superb voice defies categorisation and has featured everywhere from the BBC’s Folk on 2 to Radio 1 and Classic FM! Covering everything from folk music to blues and swing, her four solo CDs have been played on radio stations from Los Angeles to Latvia and brought an invitation to make a video with MTV award winning editor/producer Dan Lebenthal in Hollywood. Her CDs have been featured on BBC Radio 2 playlist and in the annual Sunday Times Best Ten World Music Albums.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.slimpanatella.com

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