In this interview for the Mariposa Talks series, ukulele maestro James Hill tells us why he chose the ukulele over the violin (it was more fun), talks about some exciting new directions he’s taken in his latest album, and addresses the question of whether the name of his instrument should be pronounced “yuke-a-laylee” or “ook-oo-laylee.”
Here’s some live performance videos of James Hill for your enjoyment:
Consummate Performer with a Big Voice: Irish Mythen
A singer-songwriter, musician, and lyrical maven with an immense stage presence and an even bigger voice, Irish Mythen’s performances take you on an emotional roller coaster.
Her songs are rooted in myriad places and experiences, expressed through artistry that can only be honed by working with peers like Tom Paxton, The Dubliners, The Pogues, Joel Plaskett, Ron Hynes, and Matt Andersen.
Irish is a consummate entertainer who is known for gripping live shows; storytelling that brings you on an incredible and emotional journey; comedic anecdotes that have you laughing; and musical philosophies that get you thinking until long after the performance has ended.
Every now an then a young artist with the confidence and depth of a storied minstrel comes along and blows you away. Kim Wempe is an artist like that.
Hailing from a small farming town in Saskatchewan, she is an old soul with artistic conviction.
Some of her pared-down, percussive tunes would have sounded new if they were played decades ago in an old honky tonk. Other originals have an energy that builds and envelops the audience.
Wempe has worked with some of the most appreciated musicians on the folk/roots scene including Joel Plaskett, Old Man Luedecke, Thom Swift, and Geoff Hilhorst of The Deep Dark Woods. She has also received recognition from the East Coast Music Awards as well as Music Nova Scotia.
Her new album, Coalition, is roots-tinged pop/blues, influenced by Americana storytelling and gospel melodies.