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James Hill and Anne Janelle
Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
FREE! Pre-Concert Ukulele Strum for concert ticket holders from 6-7 pm, led by Ben Hassenger.
Strum participants will be able to save seats in the concert hall at 5:55 pm. Concert doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7:30 pm. Strum songs will be projected; participants may also download from this link and print.
If you are a fan, or a participant in the most recent Ukulele wave, you need to experience James Hill!!!!!
How does a kid from Canada become what the Honolulu Star-Bulletin calls a “rare peer” of Hawaii’s premier ukulele players? James Hill grew up nearly three thousand miles east of Honolulu in the town of Langley, British Columbia, where ukulele instruction has been mandatory in many schools since the late 1970s. To his fourth grade classmates, the ukulele was a means to an end, a way for them to dip their toes into the vast ocean of music. For James, the uke was a sea of possibilities unto itself and inside its tiny wooden shell he saw his life in music. He was hooked.
During his teenage years he honed his skills as a key member of the renowned Langley Ukulele Ensemble and as a student at the Langley Community Music School. James continued his study of music at the University of British Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2002.
In a full-circle plot twist, James – also a passionate teacher – went on to co-author the Ukulele in the Classroom method book series with J. Chalmers Doane, the trail-blazing teacher who pioneered the use of ukuleles in Canadian schools.
A seasoned performer with an ever-growing fan base in North America, Asia and Europe, James has garnered wide acclaim for his ground-breaking approach to the chronically-underestimated ukulele. Over the course of his first three genre-defying albums – Playing it like it isn’t… (2002), On the Other Hand (2003) and A Flying Leap (2006) – he re-wrote every rule that had previously kept the ukulele in the realm of novelty and obscurity.
Then came the Canadian-Folk-Music-Award-winning True Love Don’t Weep (2009, Borealis Records), his collaboration with cellist/singer Anne Janelle, an album that pushed the budding singer/songwriter into new territory, topped folk radio charts in North America and opened doors to festival stages across the continent.
Hill’s latest album, Man With a Love Song, is a sweeping panorama of original songs and instrumentals that more than fulfills the promise of his earlier work.