Five Firsts: Anne Hills

Ann Hills

Anne Hills

NAME: Anne Hills
BAND AFFILIATION: Anne Hills & Michael Smith (this Friday)
INSTRUMENT: voice, guitar and banjo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Maybe Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence, although I think my dad brought that one home. I was in junior high, and it was a mixed blessing having a dad who was hip to good music – Dave Brubeck, Nichols & May, Bob Dylan, the Beatles. Speaking of that, my oldest sister brought home the Beatles’ HELP! album after living in England for a year, but Harry Belafonte at Carnegie Hall was what really made me want to perform!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Probably a Monday Musical concert which was a local organization that still presents and encourages young performers.

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3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A piano at home that we all took lessons on … but I got my very own nylon-string Yamaha guitar and learned to accompany myself when I was about 14 years old.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Besides soloing in church, most likely “Caro Mio Ben,” “Danny Boy” or possibly “Who Will Buy?” from the show “Oliver.” My first time on stage I was “the rose lady” in that show. Although, one of my dearest friends remembers me singing “Moon River” in front of my sixth grade class.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … A garage band that I don’t remember the name of anymore (did we have a name?)… singing tunes like “Daydream Believer.” I’m not sure we ever got out of the garage … maybe that’s why I’m so comfortable at garage sales.

The marvelous Anne Hills and fellow singer-songwriter Michael Smith are certainly impressive performers individually, but when they team up for an evening of duets, as they’ll do for an A Place for Folk concert at the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome at 8pm on Friday (March 8), something special happens. Tickets are $16; students $14.

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