A singer, songwriter, educator and virtuoso instrumentalist, James Hill is a man on a musical mission. It’s a mission that reaches beyond the concert stage and into communities, homes and classrooms around the world. A seasoned performer with a fan base in North America, Asia and Europe, he has garnered wide acclaim for his ground-breaking approach to a chronically-underestimated instrument – the ukelele!
Hill has made a career as an award-winning ukulele player and songwriter, an artist who “gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously” (Songlines). His latest album “The Old Silo” has an edginess and swagger unlike anything he’s ever recorded: the thundering baritone ukulele riff in “She’s Still Got It” wouldn’t be out of place on a Black Keys album and the grinding slide ukulele in “Tie One On” would make Jack White proud. Catchy, energetic cuts like “New Moon”, “Promenade” and “Lovebirds” would be at home at any outdoor summer music festival.
Hill has built a portfolio that stamps him as a singer-songwriter and all-round musician of the highest calibre. – Rhythms
A radical reinventor who plays fast and loose with tradition. – Victoria Times Colonist
Brilliant. [The Old Silo] is Hill’s most mature album to date… a career highlight. – Country Jukebox
Anne Janelle is a cellist-turned-songwriter. The elegance of her classical training meets fearless curiosity as she creates songs steeped in the rich traditions of folk, pop and jazz. While Anne plays her cello like Paul McCartney picks his Hoffner, (Roots Music Canada) her gorgeous syrupy voice (Acoustic Magazine) shares evocative and vulnerable lyrics.
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), his collaboration with cellist/singer Anne Janelle Davison, 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.
If you thought James Hill was simply the ukulele wunderkind, his latest album will convince you that he is also a great songwriter. – Penguin Eggs
Once again Hill makes his case as one of the best songwriters of his generation. – Ukulele Magazine
[The Old Silo] reflects the musical maturity and experience of Hill and Plaskett, delivering in every aspect of music-making. – The Manitoban
A humble, uncompromising artist who “gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself or the instrument too seriously” (Songlines), James Hill’s music cuts a deep,
winding path through Folk, Roots Rock and Americana.
Hill’s latest album, “The Old Silo”, finds him charting a course into deeper, rockier waters with producer Joel Plaskett at the helm. The music has an edginess and swagger unlike anything Hill has ever recorded: the thundering baritone ukulele riff in “She’s Still Got It” would be right at home on a Black Keys single and the grinding slide ukulele in “Tie One On” would make Jack White proud.
A seasoned performer with a fan base in North America, Asia and Europe, he has garnered wide acclaim for his ground-breaking approach to a chronically-underestimated instrument.
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