Four strings and a favourite chocolate bar: that’s all James Hill – “possibly the best
ukulele player in the world” (Waikato Times) – and Anne Janelle – “a cellist of true
beauty” (Ottawa Citizen) – had in common when they first met. It was more than
enough. Today, they’re an award-winning, “utterly world-class” singer-songwriter-
ukulele-cello duo (Paul Symes, The Blacksheep Inn). 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.
2016 marks the return of this magical duo in full force. “We walked our separate musical paths for a while, but I think we both came to realize, each in our own way, that the duo is our strongest musical offering. There is passion, there is diversity, there are many levels with which an audience can engage with our music when it’s not one or the other but both of us.” reveals Anne.
“A crystal clear sound filled with warmth.” - Bob Mersereau, CBC
“James is a dazzling performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour.”
- Edmonton Journal
Anne has a “gorgeous syrupy voice” - Acoustic Magazine
Their songs are “inventive, entertaining, beautifully written and brilliantly performed.”
- R2 Magazine
“The perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity.”
- Wellington Dominion Post
Visit their website here.
Check out some of their awesome videos below:
E2 Series also includes:
· God Is A Scottish Drag Queen, Sat Oct. 1, 7:30pm – The Bailey Theatre
· Baker’s Dozen: 12 Angry Puppets, Fri Jan. 20, 7:30pm – Muriel Griffith Room
· Silver Screen Scoundrels, Fri March 3, 7:30pm – Muriel Griffith Room
Muriel Griffiths Room
$20 in Advance, $22 at the Door, E2 4-show Series Pass $65