Groningen Ukulele Society

G.U.S., The Ukulele Club of Groningen, The Netherlands

The Worlds top uke player James Hill hosting a Ukulele Workshop 14 mei 2014 in Groningen

The Worlds top uke player James Hill hosting a Ukulele Workshop 14 mei 2014 in Groningen

Hill has already made a career out of knocking worlds against each other. His technical prowess on ukulele is achieved through attacking what is mostly regarded as a lowly folk instrument with the seriousness and nuance of technique usually associated with the highest levels of virtuosity on, say, classical violin or piano. His entertaining and unpredictable solo concerts have a world-wide audience that would be envied by many wannabe rock stars and his inspirational music seminars have made him something of a ukulele-based motivational speaker. Anyone lucky enough to have seen one of Hill’s recent live shows might also be familiar with his hip-hop influenced forays into heavily percussive, beat-driven prepared-ukulele “sound sculptures”: John Cage meets Chalmers Doane via Kid Koala.

A seasoned performer with an ever-growing fan base in North America, Asia and Europe, James has garnered wide acclaim for his ground-breaking approach to the chronically-underestimated ukulele. Over the course of his first three genre-defying albums – Playing it like it isn’t… (2002), On the Other Hand (2003) and A Flying Leap (2006) – he re-wrote every rule that had previously kept the ukulele in the realm of novelty and obscurity. Then came the Canadian-Folk-Music-Award-winning True Love Don’t Weep (2009, Borealis Records), his collaboration with cellist/singer Anne Janelle, an album that pushed the budding singer/songwriter into new territory, topped folk radio charts in North America and opened doors to festival stages across the continent.  Hill’s latest album, Man With a Love Song, is a sweeping panorama of original songs and instrumentals that more than fulfills the promise of his earlier work.

James Hill – EPK

Equal parts disarming, captivating and mind-boggling.  That’s perhaps the best way to describe a James Hill performance.  Hill is that rare performer whose instrumental virtuosity is matched by his “impeccably crafted” lyrics (Folk Radio UK).

James Hill Ukulele Workshop

 “Possibly the best ukulele player in theworld… Hill wowed and charmed theaudience.”- Waikato Times
 “A serious virtuoso upon the instrument…truly amazing.”- Canadian Folk Music
 Hill gives the uke its dignity back, butwithout ever taking himself – or theinstrument – too seriously.- Songlines
 “The perfect evening of tunes, stories andmusical virtuosity. ”- Wellington Dominion-Post

 James Hill Ukulele Workshop

James Hill Workshop 19:00 – 20:00

Concert Anne Janelle feat. James Hill with support from – A Seated Craft

Wed 14 mei @ Lokaal Ambrosius Nieuweweg 20A , 9711 TE Groningen

The Groningen Ukulele Society are proud to announce that James Hill, Canadian Ukulele Genius and all round musical virtuoso will be giving a – one time only – not to be missed, one hour ukulele workshop here in Groningen.

The workshop promises to be fun and inspiring for ukulele lovers of all levels…

After the workshop (beginning at 7 o’clock sharp) there will be a 45 minute duet performance starting at 9 o’clock by James and his wife, award winning songwriter/cellist Anne Janelle.

To complete the evenings experience, there will also be a beautiful and haunting performance by Alexia Peniguel, (A Seated Craft). Alexia is an Australian singer/songwriter currently living in Berlin.

Tickets for the workshop cost €17,50, (maximum 30 places) full is full.

The venue will be open from 20:15 uur for the evening concerts and will cost €10 at the door.
Combo tickets (workshop and performances) will cost €25

Reservations and information at –

Workshop details:

Hooked On Uke? We Can Help.
Want to go beyond three chords and a double strum? Want to add a little razzle-dazzle to your arrangements? Spice up your ukulele playing with new strums, songs, chords, fills, and more galore. Whether you’re a teacher looking for instructional material or a player looking for a new challenge, you’ll find lots to keep you busy in this fun, hands-on workshop.





En in Nederlands:


James Hill Workshop
Concert – James Hill feat. Anne Janelle en support-act ‘A Seated Craft’.

Woensdag 14 mei, Lokaal Ambrosius, Nieuweweg 20a 9711 TE Groningen

De Groningen Ukulele Society kondigt aan dat James Hill, ukelele-virtuoos en allround muzikant uit Canada, een éénmalige, niet-te-missen workshop zal geven in Groningen.
Het belooft een leuke, inspirerende workshop te worden voor ukelelespelers van alle niveaus.

Na afloop volgt een 45-minuten durend optreden van James Hill, samen met zijn vrouw, celliste Anne Janelle.
En om de avond compleet te maken, is er daarna een optreden van
Alexia Peniguel, ( A Seated Craft). Zij is een Australische zangeres/songwriter, die momenteel in Berlijn woont.

De Workshop van James Hill begint om 19:00 uur.
De kosten zijn €17,50 p.p.
Er zijn maximaal 25 plaatsen, dus wees er snel bij want: vol is vol.

Om 20:15 gaat de deur open voor de twee optredens.
Kaarten hiervoor kosten €10 en worden aan de deur verkocht.

Combikaarten ( workshop plus de twee optredens) kosten 25 euro.

Workshopplaatsen en combikaarten zijn uitsluitend verkrijgbaar via de GUS: dus; Reserveren via e-mail. Contact –

Meer info over de workshop:
‘Verslaafd aan de uke? Wij kunnen helpen’
‘Hooked on Uke – We can help’

Wil je wel eens wat meer kunnen spelen dan steeds weer die drie zelfde akkoorden? En steeds weer diezelfde slag?
Wil je je ukelelespel wat opleuken? Het een beetje interessanter maken door andere slagtechnieken en akkoorden, riedeltjes en nieuwe liedjes te leren?

Of je nou een muziekleraar bent, op zoek naar ander lesmateriaal óf een ukelele-lover die klaar is voor een nieuwe uitdaging; leef je helemaal uit tijdens deze leuke, humorvolle en interactieve workshop.

Heken je jezelf hierin? Voldoe je hier ongeveer aan?
Meld je dan snel aan voor de workshop –





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