Our next musicians, James Hill and Anne Janelle, are not only partners in life and in music they were first solo artists in their own right. So we thought we would feature them individually before showing you what they can do together. Their music is hard to put into a box as they both like to push the boundaries of genres. Prolific in creating their solo albums, an album together, a family and touring; these two seem to have endless energy. Between the two of them, they have created at least 9 albums including the Canadian Folk Music Award winning True Love Don’t Weep, which was their first collaborated album. Sit back and enjoy getting to know them both.
James Hill and ukulele go together like peanut butter and jam or macaroni and cheese (at least to us North Americans). Now how did a boy from Langley, BC get into the ukulele? Through the wonderful institution of school, of course. (This is one of those stories that people point to when they say, “Don’t cut arts funding in schools!”) A boy first introduced to the ukulele at eight ends up becoming “possibly the best ukulele player in the world” (Waikato Times) and all because his school had mandatory ukulele instruction. During his youth, he played with the Langley Ukulele Ensemble before embarking on a solo career. He has toured internationally and is played on CBC and has even been called “the Wayne Gretzky of ukulele” by Stewart McLean from Vinyl Cafe on CBC. Over the years, he has put out quite a few solo albums and is not only an amazing ukulele player, but also a song writer. He shows us what a ukulele is capable of (things we didn’t even know were possible!). He is always pushing out and so his music is always fresh and full of surprises.
So if you are a ukulele fan, this is the concert to come see.
Next, we’ll meet up with Anne Janelle, James’ wife and musical partner and then see how they became a pair.
Check out their Events Page for their bios, videos and links.
Doors Open: 7pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm
Tickets: Advanced: $20 ($17.70 +HST)*, Regular: $25 ($22.12 +HST)
*Advanced tickets are only available up to the Box Office hours the weekend before the show (Note: there is a limit of 25 advance price tickets)
Desboro Music Hall 2017 Concert Series
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