Brookfield musicians bringing their sounds home

Raissa Tetanish
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‘It’s going to be fun for us because we haven’t played together in Truro for a while’

TRURO – They’ve been on a few international tours over the past year, but nothing beats performing at home for Anne Janelle and James Hill.

Anne Janelle, a cellist living in Brookfield, performed at Healthy Habit Health Store on Monday as part of Earth Day celebrations. Janelle, along with ukulele player James Hill, is performing at the Marigold Cultural Centre on April 27. 

“There’s a certain generosity,” said Janelle, a cellist living in Brookfield, about playing for a hometown crowd. “It allows us to take risks. With a new album coming out in the fall, we want to make sure we’re playing new songs for the right kind of people. It’s always a warm reception when we play in Truro, and we get to see friends.”

Janelle and Hill, both 32, met at university in British Columbia. Both are originally from the west coast and spent a number of years in Ottawa before looking for a place in the east to call home together.

“Playing the ukulele, the East Coast is a really important part of its history – it’s where a lot of the ukulele traces back to,” said Hill.

On Saturday, the couple will perform at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro. It’s been the first time playing at the facility since Janelle’s ‘Beauty Remains’ album release about a year ago.

“It’s going to be great,” said Hill. “It’s going to be fun for us because we haven’t played together in Truro for a while.”

With both artists in between album releases, they said this is going to be a special concert.

“It will be a double bill – there will be songs from James’ repertoire, with songs from mine as well,” Janelle said, adding guest musicians Doug Cameron and Geordie Haley, will also perform, as well as some trumpet players.

“Both of us are moving toward new releases, which is exciting. We’ve got new material and that makes for a high-energy show,” added Hill. “It puts us back on the edge a little bit.”

The past year has taken the couple to the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Italy and Asia.

“But this is a nice contrast,” said Hill. “Driving down the road to perform instead of the other way to the airport.

“Performing with friends and for friends, that’s something to look forward to.”

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WHO: Anne Janelle and James Hill

WHEN: April 27, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro

TICKETS: $27 – available through the Marigold (897-4004 or or MacQuarries Pharmasave

Organizations: Marigold Cultural Centre

Geographic location: Truro, Brookfield, British Columbia Ottawa East Coast United Kingdom Australia New Zealand Brazil Italy Asia

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