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James Hill (born 1980) is a classically trained Canadian musician who has focused on the ukulele, both as his primary instrument and as a method of music instruction for school children. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia.
As a child, Hill benefited from a ukulele instructional program created by J. Chalmers Doane as shared in Teacher's Guide to Classroom Ukulele, 1977. The British Columbia school used Doane's system to teach music, and as a result, the Langley Ukulele Ensemble came into existence. Hill participated in the ensemble for over ten years.
Hill envisioned creating a program to help spread this instrument and upon meeting Doane, they collaborated to create the "Ukulele in the Classroom" program in 2008.
Hill seldom makes a concert appearance without also conducting workshops. He has taught throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Singapore and New Zealand. He regularly lectures at the Queen's School of Music in Kingston, Ontario and has been a guest instructor at the Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute held in Waimea, Hawaii each year.
Traveling throughout the world, Hill has played such venues as The Kennedy Center in July 2009 and The 40th Ukulele Festival in Hawaii.
He is scheduled to appear at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain in summer 2013.
Hill plays a variety of ukuleles, he has several Mike DaSilva custom made ukuleles, all with spruce tops, as well as a Mya Moe Tenor and a Beltona Resonator.
In 2009, Hill collaborated with Anne Janelle (formerly Anne Davison) on cello and created the CD True Love Don't Weep. The Album won the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards Traditional Album of the Year.
In 2015, his album "The Old Silo" was nominated for the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo.
Currently Hill lives in Nova Scotia with his wife and touring partner Anne Janelle. They were married on 21 September 2013.Playing it Like it Isn't (2002)
On the Other Hand (2003)
Fantasy For Ukulele (exclusively released in Japan) (2005)
A Flying Leap – Borealis Recording (13 June 2006)
True Love Don't Weep (collaboration with Anne Davison) – Linus Entertainment – (11 August 2009) 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards Traditional Album of the Year
Man with a Love Song – Borealis Recording (11 October 2011)
The Old Silo – Borealis Recording (16 September 2014)
Ukulele in the Classroom – James Hill Ukulele Method Series, Book I – by James Hill & J. Chalmers Doane, Crystal Lake Media (2008) ISBN 978-0980932607
Ukulele in the Classroom – James Hill Ukulele Method Series, Book II – by James Hill & J. Chalmers Doane, Crystal Lake Media (2008)
Ukulele in the Classroom – James Hill Ukulele Method Series, Book III – by James Hill & J. Chalmers Doane, Crystal Lake Media (2008)
The Ukulele Way - Book 1 by James Hill ISBN 978-0-9868536-2-3
The Ukulele Way - Book 2 by James Hill ISBN 978-0-9868536-4-7
The Ukulele Way - Book 3 by James Hill ISBN 978-0-9868536-6-1
The Ukulele Way - Book 4 by James Hill ISBN 978-0-9868536-8-5
The Ukulele Way - Book 5 by James Hill ISBN 978-1-927726-00-6
The Ukulele Way - Book 6 by James Hill ISBN 978-1-927726-02-0