Our first concert of the year will be Saturday April 28th, with Anne Davison (cello/voice) and her backup orchestra, Mr. James Hill (ukulele). This is one, truly, not to miss. Anne and James are two of the best folk/instrumental musicians the country has to offer, and when I first saw them last summer it was one of the the single best shows I’d seen, ever. To that point I’d never experienced cheek-ache from smiling so much from the incredible music, and of course the on-stage chemistry.
Anne is a brilliant cellist, vocalist and writer, and she’s releasing her first solo CD on this very tour! I heard a few pieces from the new disc last summer, and she has a truly wonderful, smooth voice that couldn’t be any better paired than with the sound of her cello. My favourite thing about Anne on stage is her smile: she’s a stellar musician, and she’s wonderfully charismatic, but the best part is that you can tell she wouldn’t rather be anywhere else in the world than playing with James, so the room will be beaming right back. …and that brings me to James. I first heard him on CBC’s The Vinyl Café, and just like Anne on cello, I believe he can get about a thousand sounds out of a ukulele, which certainly qualifies him as an orchestra. I won’t waste too much of your time by saying good things about James – just look him up on YouTube (you can start here with a video I recorded in September: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p5V5domouU ).
James and Anne have recorded together on a number of CDs, and their 2009 disc True Love Don’t Weep won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year.
They’re packing concert halls and festivals everywhere, so I look forward to showing them a warm welcome in a packed Barrhaven house this April!
Anne Davison & James Hill • CD Release Tour
April 28th at 8pm
In Barrhaven (RSVP for address)
BYOB / pot luck snacks
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 613.867.2571