Hilary Davies began her musical career in Liverpool in 1990 at the age of 7 when she began to teach herself the flute under the guidance of her brother, and in 1992 was awarded a year’s free flute lessons in a local music competition.
As a teenager she played with the Merseyside Youth Orchestra and studied at the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music. At the age of 14 she achieved Grade 8 on flute (with distinction), and later also achieved Grade 8 on violin (with distinction) and piano (with merit). She was also awarded Young Musician of the Year at the Liverpool Festival of Music and Drama in 2001. She went on to achieve a BA and MA in Music from the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius), and studied flute at postgraduate level at Trinity College of Music, London.
In 2006 she recorded her first album, “Internal Sunshine”, a series of original solo flute compositions. Extracts from this album were later used for Pete Ardron's album Unexpected Pleasures (released 2016). Upon leaving Trinity College, she embarked on a tour of India with accordion and guitar player Assi Rose.
In 2008 she travelled to the rainforests of Peru where she studied plant medicines and icaros (shamanic songs) with a local shaman. Inspired by this journey, she recorded her second album “Medicina”. After meeting an Indian sitar teacher in London, she studied sitar and published a songbook of Indian Bhajans.
In 2010 she lived in Sevilla, southern Spain, teaching English and immersing herself in the Spanish language and flamenco culture. After walking 1000km along the Camino from Sevilla to Santiago de Compostela, she returned to England and moved to Glastonbury, Somerset.
In Glastonbury she performed with Nathan Lewis Williams (English/Welsh folk music) and formed gypsy / klezmer band "Tatterdemalion" with Sam Ford and Ursula Billington. In 2011 she performed with Shimshai as part of his UK tour and in the same year recorded her third album, “Through the Lanes”
In 2012 she was awarded the Bardic Crown of Gorsedd Ynys Witrin (Glastonbury), which she was re-awarded in 2013. In 2012 she also began playing with Circulus, including a performance of songs from Beck’s Song Reader on the Culture Show (BBC2). She also performed regular solo concerts in the Glastonbury area, at Glastonbury Abbey, St John's Church and Glastonbury Assembly Rooms. She helped to organise Maes Gwyrdd alongside Nathan Lewis Williams at the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh National Eisteddfod) 2012 (Vale of Glamorgan). She began studying the viola da gamba, and in 2013 she released a compilation of live solo flute recordings,as well as a CD of flute improvisations.
In 2014 she moved to North Wales, living initially at Cae Mabon (a retreat/workshop centre run by storyteller Eric Maddern), where she formed a folk duo with guitarist Nial Cain, and also played with Chris Jones. She studied the Welsh language, passing the CBAC Uwch examination (A level equivalent) in June 2015. In 2016, she collaborated on several concerts with Michael Tyack and Jennifer Bennet, suppoerted Robin Williamson with Pamela Wyn Shannon in Tintern. She also began to play the crwth (Welsh bowed lyre) which she plays at ceremonies of the Anglesey Druid Order.
In 2017 she began studying for an MA in Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music Drama. She also released "Eirlys", a bilingual album of original compositions and arrangements of traditional folk songs in Cymraeg (Welsh).