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About

Harp & Holly weaves a tapestry of yuletide magic with their poetic blending of Celtic, New Age and Baroque sounds. Sharlene Wallace (harp), Terry Young (acoustic guitar and vocals), Sandra Swannell (violin, viola and vocals), Rob Ritchie (piano and vocals) and Juanita Wilkins (vocals) bring their annual concert celebration of Christmas to the Southern Ontario region. Audiences are drawn into an enchanted world of Christmas reverie by the group's stirring arrangements of ancient carols, jubilant seasonal favourites and poignant storytelling.

"With their arsenal of instrumental virtuosity combined with alternating humour, sincerity ​and ​unflagging energy, ​they filled the hall with joy."  

                                                             - Meaford Live Music

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Sharlene Wallace is one of Canada's most prolific and influential Celtic/lever harpists. Winner of two international competitions, the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition (Tucson, Arizona) and the Concours d'Improvisation de Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique (Dinan, France), Sharlene has created 7 independent CDs, and tours internationally giving concerts, workshops, masterclasses and adjudications. Sharlene is on the music faculties of Wilfred Laurier University, University of Guelph and York University teaching both Classical/pedal and lever/Celtic harps. Her own performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent Judy Loman, O.C.. Sharlene is Principal Harpist with the Guelph, Kingston, and Oakville Symphonies. 

Celtic Lever Harp

SHARLENE WALLACE

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Terry Young's fingerstyle guitar wizardry has astounded audiences across Canada, USA and Great Britain. BBC critic James Harrox calls his playing "virtuosic", while FATEA magazine describes it as  "jaw dropping". Terry tours extensively with the contemporary ragtime band "My Sweet Patootie" and is a Canadian Folk Music Award winner.  He teaches advanced fingerstyle guitar clinics and has written about his techniques for Chicago's Plank Road Folk Music Society Magazine. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist who toured for more than a decade with  the swashbuckling roots group "Tanglefoot", performing on guitar, mandolin, banjo and whistle.  He is a classically trained tenor who holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Guitar, Tenor

TERRY YOUNG

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Sandra Swannell is a violinist, violist and singer-songwriter from Woodford Ontario who spends most of her year touring with "My Sweet Patootie", performing in a vintage ragtime/swing style. She has a diverse musical life that ranges from writing a series of musical sketches for string orchestra to recording with Canada's legendary Stompin' Tom Connors. Before joining the award winning Canadian roots group "Tanglefoot" in 2005, she was the principal violist of the Georgian Bay Symphony and fiddler with the Celtic art-rock band "The Shards". Sandra has taught violin/ viola clinics for festivals, schools and community orchestras as well as in her own private studio.

Fiddle, Viola, Alto

SANDRA SWANNELL

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A storyteller fluent in many genres, Rob Ritchie has been a contributing songwriter for folk/roots bands Tanglefoot and RPR (rprmusic.com), and works regularly as a commissioned composer for the Wiarton Concert Choir. He released a solo CD Five O'Clock Shadow (2004), and has had two literary novels published (Orphans of Winter, 2006; In a Company of Fiddlers, (2011). 

 

In September 2019 Rob released his third novel A Song With No Words. In his latest book Ritchie draws on his 25 plus years as a touring musician to blur the lines of truth and fiction, taking readers on a journey exploring the inner-workings of a band as its members travel, tour and perform. 

Piano, Baritone

ROB RITCHIE

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Juanita Wilkins is a Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Clifford Ontario. Wilkins has released two full-length recordings of original material, Stronger and Four Corner Town. As well as performing as a solo act showcasing her insightful and catchily melodic song writing, she fronts Lyndenwood, a classic rock & country band and is half of a power duet with April Wine alumnus David Henman. 

2019 brings Wilkins’ warm and humourous stage presence and her powerful, beautiful voice to the Harp & Holly stage for the first time.

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JUANITA WILKINS