Hilary James’ CD of English music featured in the Sunday Times top 10 world music albums for 2011….
A celebration of English rural life, landscape, weather and seasons in traditional song and new settings of poems by Thomas Hardy, A E Housman and William Shakespeare.PRESS REVIEWS
‘… showcases her beautifully pure voice in this genuinely charming evocation of pastoral England… I find this album pretty irresistible.’
The Scotsman * * * * (four star review)
The new album from Hilary James – blues, swing, American folk songs, Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael – with a host of guest musicians including Simon Mayor, Brendan Power, Dave Mattacks Frank Kilkelly and many more.
‘Her latest full carat gem… [a] quite beautiful album… defies categorising other than to say she has the voice and range of an angel.’
‘Beautiful… wonderful… with her great bass playing, wonderful voice and celebrated partnership with Simon Mayor she’s made some great records.’
The Two Sisters: Hilary James & Janet Giraudo
A pot-pourri of Parisian tangos, English folksong, baroque and popular song down the centuries.
After spending 30 years and almost 1000 miles apart in England and the south of France, The Two Sisters Hilary James and Janet Giraudo have recorded their debut album Songs & Chansons with producer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Mayor.
‘diverse and delightful.’ The Living Tradition
‘a gem, exquisite harmonies… impeccably accompanied’
Salut! Live (France)
‘absolutely gorgeous debut… stunning, beautiful angel voices in heart-stopping harmony…’
Hilary James’ bluesy inflections are nothing new to those who have seen her in concert, but for the first time this side of her repertoire appears on CD.
‘This is terrific.’ * * * * Yorkshire Post
‘If you like traditional blues, you’ll like this. Guaranteed.’
Back Street Heroes
Hilary James and Simon Mayor’s studio album is a mixture of traditional and original songs and tunes, including a Playford dance, Carolan’s Concerto, heart-rending traditional ballads and lively reels.
‘Hilary James’ vocal radiates light and beauty… an album I’ll return to again and again’
Hilary James’ debut album – newly remixed, remastered and reissued
‘Burning Sun’ reached the top ten play list on BBC Radio 2. Plays followed on BBC Radio 1, World Service and stations as far afield as Los Angeles and Latvia. A magical and atmospheric blend of folk songs and originals with haunting words and melodies. ‘Burning Sun’, includes the spell-binding folk tales of ‘The Two Sisters’ and ‘Polly Vaughan’ alongside Handel’s beautiful lament, ‘Laschia Ch’io Pianga’ sung with a bell-like purity.A magical blend of folk songs, classics and originals.
‘Wonderful – every track superb. For me, the best album of the 90’s so far. Oozes class, with arrangements tailored like Saville Row suits.’
Folk North West
Hilary James’ album with the astonishing folk pianist Beryl Marriott. Exciting and dramatic versions of English, Irish and Scottish ballads, also featuring Simon Mayor (violin).
‘Exquisite..the whole thing is a total joy, a very civilised excursion into the music of the British Isles’
The live album from Hilary James & Simon Mayor.