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Brookfield’s Janelle taking centre stage

For Anne Janelle, performing locally is a rare occasion, but a new family addition has made the musician slow down and stick closer to home as she prepares for a special performance at the Marigold Cultural Centre Wednesday night.
For Anne Janelle, performing locally is a rare occasion, but a new family addition has made the musician slow down and stick closer to home as she prepares for a special performance at the Marigold Cultural Centre Wednesday night.

TRURO, N.S. – A local musician is taking some time off from touring internationally to bring a special night of music to Truro.

Brookfield cellist and songwriter Anne Janelle recently released her latest album, ‘I Didn’t Want to Break It,’ and will be holding a special performance at the Marigold Cultural Centre Wednesday.

“This album is kind of a departure from my other albums,” said Janelle.

“It is still me, it’s still my music, but it is a little more poppy. The cello has kind of taken a backseat in this record, and we’ve introduced more electronic instruments like synthesizers on this one. There are also a lot of layered and textured sounds too, which strays away from my past folk-y sound.”

Janelle will be performing alongside guitarist Jeff Torbert, Truro music educator Nick Fisher, and the First Baptist Girl’s Choir.

Also joining her is her husband, James Hill, who has been performing with her for more than a decade.

“Us performing together was actually kind of an accident,” said Janelle.

“There was this company putting together a compilation album who asked us to perform on it. When it came out, people commented on how perfectly matched our singing was together. People said it almost sounded like family singing, which was weird, but we’ve been performing together since.”

Local performances are rare for Janelle and Hill, whose busy national and international schedule often keeps them on the road in other parts of the world, but a recent addition to their family has pushed them to stick closer to home.

“We’ve decided to slow things down a little when it comes to touring right now,” said Janelle.

“We’ve been touring with our toddler lately, and while it’s been great, it is also a little difficult. As an artist, you want to take any show offered to you, and we are still going places, but we are being much more selective on where we go when it comes to touring.

“A 12-hour flight to Australia is a daunting task with a toddler.”

Originally from British Columbia, Janelle now lives in rural Brookfield, which has given her a sense of peace and space compared to city living, which has also transitioned into her music.

“Music nowadays is way too busy, too full,” she said.

“Songs being played on the radio today are so full with everything, there is no room to think or listen. There is a song on my new album that has nothing but two vocalists and two instruments. It is a simple, but beautiful sounding song, and you can actually think when you listen to it.”

The show will kick off this evening at 7:30 at the Marigold, and tickets can be bought at ticketpro.ca. (https://secure.ticketpro.ca/?lang=en&server=ww3#achat_MCC29KS17)

 

cody.mceachern@trurodaily.com

 

If You Go:

 

Who: Anne Janelle w/ Special Guests

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Marigold Cultural Centre

Cost: $15

 

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