Musical Matinées: Bowed, Plucked, Strummed and Hammered

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(Wednesday) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-07:00)


Evergreen Cultural Centre Studio Theatre

1205 Pinetree Way

Event Details


Ukulele virtuoso, James Hill and his wife, cellist Anne Janelle join the Bergmanns for a cross-collaboration and innovative programme including works from the classical, folk and contemporary repertoire. The programme will include some original works that will bring an interesting twist and flavour to this unique combination of instruments. 


James Hill & Anne Janelle | It’s true: opposites attract. James Hill, “possibly the best ukulele player in the world” (Waikato Times), grew up playing folk, jazz and blues on his ukulele. Anne Janelle, “a cellist of true beauty” (Ottawa Citizen), played only classical music on her cello. But the pair’s differences became their greatest 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.

In 2009, James and Anne released True Love Don’t Weep, an album of duets that garnered a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year. A mixture of traditional tunes with “fresh vitality” (Country Music People) and original songs, True Love Don’t Weep showcased the duo’s ability “to capture the soul of a song” (Folk World).

Since True Love Don’t Weep, James and Anne have released two solo albums each (James’ Man with a Love Song and The Old Silo; Anne’s Beauty Remains and So Long at the Fair) and toured in over 15 countries, making their mark not only as accomplished instrumentalists but also as some of the finest songwriters of their generation. Together, they conjure a sound that is intricate, enchanting and engaging: “a crystal clear sound filled with warmth” (Bob Mersereau, CBC Radio). In concert, James is “a dazzling live performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” (Edmonton Journal) and Anne brings her “gorgeous syrupy voice” (Acoustic Magazine) to songs that are “inventive, entertaining, beautifully written and brilliantly performed” (R2 Magazine).

In short, a night out with James Hill & Anne Janelle is “the perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity” (Wellington Dominion-Post).

Want even more ukulele? Join James Hill for a ukulele workshop after the show! Based on James’ course of the same name, takes you from “ho-hum” to “big fun” in a relaxed, stress-free way! Tickets for the workshop are sold separately and are available HERE.



Adults: $30 | Seniors: $26 | Students: $16