James Hillâ€™s name has become synonymous with the ukulele across this nation.
Now, the award-winning, and somewhat famous Langley Ukulele Ensemble grad returns home this weekend to lead a master uke workshop and perform alongside his new wife in a hometown concert.
In fact, just before this story was written, Hill was seen tweeting out about his last minute preparations for the weekend festivities â€“ which heâ€™s attended faithfully for years.
Hill will be leading a Friday uke workshop with his mentor and friend Peter Luongo (the former LUE leader), as well as Luongoâ€™s son Paul Luongo (the current ensemble director), and a few other uke instructors from around the West Coast.
This segment of the uke event has been sold out for months, but thereâ€™s still a chance for devoted uke fans to be part of the musical weekend.
Hill â€“ who released his latest album, The Old Silo, last month â€“ and his new bride Anne Janelle (they were married last fall, and she too has a new album out) will also be the guest starring in the annual uke concert, aptly named Live in Concert, happening Saturday night at the Langley Evangelical Free Church.
â€œWith James being a former member of the Langley Ukulele Sr. A ensemble, it is always great having him home and back to the roots of where he began many years ago,â€ shared Paul Luongo.
Luongo recalled being a student with the local music group back in the early 2000s, under his fatherâ€™s tutelage, and remembers being in awe of Hill and his abilities with the uke.
â€œJames and I remain in touch throughout the year and I truly do consider him a mentor, role model, and good friendâ€¦ I look forward to his return trips to Langley, so that he and I can grab a cup of coffee and catch up,â€ said the younger Luongo.
Hill, 34, now resides in Nova Scotia and travels the globe performing and teaching. In fact, heâ€™s in Australia for a number of appearances later this month, and seldom makes a concert appearance without also conducting workshops â€“ finding satisfaction in not only playing, but in sharing his passion for the music with others.
The Langley Ukulele Ensemble presents Live in Concert on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Langley Evangelical Free Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets â€“ if there are still any available, are $25 ($15 for students and seniors) and can be had by clicking here, or by calling 604-340-8537.