On Friday April 21st at 7:30pm, James Hill & Anne Janelle will grace the stage at the Muriel Griffiths Room as the last act in the E2 Series this season.
Anne Janelle and James Hill met by chance in 2008 while recording a track for a compilation album called Classical Ukulele for release in Japan. All they had in common at the time was their favorite chocolate bar, and the fact that they both played instruments with four strings.
Anne had been working on her Master’s degree in cello performance at the University of Ottawa while James was enticing crowds with his ukulele skills at all over North America, on a mission “to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that in the right hands the uke can be a formidable axe” (Ann Arbor News).
It’s true: opposites attract. James grew up playing folk, jazz and blues on his ukulele while Anne was exclusively a classical cellist. But the pair’s differences quickly became their biggest asset. The uke is high, the cello is low; the uke plays short notes, the cello long bow strokes; the uke is all about strumming while the cello radiates melody. Like shadows and light in an old photograph, these contrasts are complementary. “We’re like a pair of dancers who can’t step on each other’s feet,” jokes James.
James Hill was Juno nominated for his last album ‘Old Silo’ in 2015. Audiences can expect to be charmed and thoroughly entertained by these two; you’ll be right up close with artists who often play the National Arts Centre, the Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver Folk Fest as well as European festivals and concert halls. One minute, they will perform classical music, followed by Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, followed by a Celtic tune—-world class and unpretentious.
With lyrics like “if wishes were horses we’d ride together, chasing the wind across the Plaines. And if longing were mid-summer rain, I’d turn the canyons into deep rivers again,”
how can you resist?
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets at The Bailey box office at 1501 Cedar Avenue in Trail. Phone 250-368-9669 or buy tickets online anytime at www.trail-arts.com
Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Don’t wait—these shows mostly sell out in advance. Visit www.trail-arts.com for more information. See you at the show!
Their songs are “inventive, entertaining, beautifully written and brilliantly performed.”
—- R2 Magazine
“The perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity.”
—– Wellington Dominion Post