Show of the Week: Cello and Uke at Ten Pound Fiddle

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 8:30 am
By: 
Jennifer Hill

You might be wondering what in the world there is to do this Friday night in East Lansing. Let me give you a scoop: The Ten Pound Fiddle is hosting James Hill and Anne Janelle this Friday at the Community Music School at 8PM.

Ten Pound Fiddle is well known in the area for bringing music and community enrichment to the Greater Lansing Area. It all began in 1975 when they hosted their first concert in East Lansing featuring local singing duo John and Rosy Goacher, and it has been a tradition in the area ever since. Over the years the reputation of Ten Pound Fiddle has attracted folk musicians from near and far and this week’s show promises to keep up the tradition of excellence.

James Hill and Anne Janelle are a duo that combine the exotic sounds of the ukulele and the classic sounds of the cello. Of course the ukulele is most often associated with Hawaiian music but James was born and raised over 3000 miles away in British Colombia, Canada. Today after years of perfecting his craft, he is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the instrument. He has published books and recorded chart topping albums breaking the stereotypes commonly associated with the ukulele and transforming the instrument into a storyteller.

In 2009 his collaboration with cellist and singer Anne Janelle titled True Love Don’t Weep (2009, Borealis Records), launched both artists to new height in their creativity and songwriting. The album won many awards and topped folk radio charts across North America. For more information about James Hill visit his website jameshillmusic.com.

Tickets for this Friday’s show can be purchased online at the Ten Pound Fiddle website. Prices range from $5 to $18 and doors open at 7:30. The Fiddle is hosting a Pre-Show Strum, and ukulele players are welcome to bring their ukes and make some music before the concert starting at 7PM. There is a Facebook event for more information about the Pre Show jam.

Enjoy the show and we hope to see you out there!