Multi-instrumentalists Hilary James and Simon Mayor are instantly engaging characters who build an easy rapport with audiences - communicating clearly but never patronising their young charges. The duo's love of music comes across strongly, and they educate the children in the history and composition of the instruments - such as violin, mandolin, guitar and mandobass.
The songs are deceptively simple, and deeply silly. There is a gleeful innocence about the melodies and rhymes. Fresh Fried Fillets of Fresh Fried Fish in particular catches the imagination.
Throughout the show, James and Mayor encourage the children to ask questions about the music with as much openness as they encourage them to sing and to join in with the actions.
At the end, you could see the little ones brimming over with enthusiasm for music, and a few of the parents ruing the day they gave up learning the violin.
Hilary James & Simon Mayor
c/o Acoustics Records
PO Box 350, Reading RG6 7DQ, England
+44 (0)118 926 8615
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