2016 December’s Festive Harp Rambling

‘Tis the season… for festive harp music.
I am so excited about two trios I will be playing with this month:
The Winter Trio (Shar, Ron Korb, Ben Grossman)
We will be the special guests with the Guelph Chamber Choir TODAY!! – Sunday December 4th.
HARP & HOLLY (Sandra Swannell, Terry Young & Shar)
I am thrilled to be part of this festive tour with Sandra and Terry
“Harp & Holly weaves a tapestry of yuletide magic with their poetic blending of Celtic, New Age and Baroque sounds. Sharlene Wallace (harp), Sandra Swannell (violin, viola and vocal) and Terry Young (acoustic guitar and vocal) 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.”
Join us for these special concerts of beauty and fun… and let your friends know!
Wishing you all warmth and gentleness,
Shar

Harp & Holly December concerts

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Sharlene Wallace, Celtic harp
Sandra Swannell, violin, viola, vocals
Terry Young, guitar, vocals

Harp & Holly weaves a tapestry of yuletide magic with their poetic blending of Celtic, New Age and Baroque sounds. Sharlene Wallace (harp), Sandra Swannell (violin, viola and vocal) and Terry Young (acoustic guitar and vocal) 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.

Ontario CONCERT DATES:

Friday DECEMBER 9th at 7:30pm – OWEN SOUND
Central Westside United Church
310 10th Street West, Owen Sound, ON
TICKETS: $20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free.
Online tickets $20 + $1.50 processing fee.
Please print ticket upon email receipt and present at door.

Saturday DECEMBER 10th at 3:00pm – SAUBLE BEACH
Zion Amabel United Church
899 Main St, Sauble Beach, ON
TICKETS: $20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free.
For Advance tickets please contact Don Riddell 519-422-1060

Monday DECEMBER 12th at 7:30pm – GUELPH
Dublin Street United Church
68 Suffolk St. West, Guelph, ON
$20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free.
Advance tickets available from the church Office Administrator:
519-821-0610 ext 221 or dublin@bellnet.ca

Wednesday DECEMBER 14th at 7:30pm – CAMBRIDGE
St James Anglican Church, 520 Ellis Road, Cambridge, ON
$20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free – 519-658-4547

Sunday DECEMBER 18th at 7:30pm – OAKVILLE
St Johns United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville, ON
$20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free.

An enchanted world of Christmas reverie with stirring arrangements of ancient carols
jubilant seasonal favorites and poignant storytelling.
Celtic harp, acoustic guitar, violin, and voices create this tapestry of yuletide magic.

Who is Harp & Holly?!??

Harp & Holly weaves a tapestry of yuletide magic with their poetic blending of Celtic, New Age and Baroque sounds. Sharlene Wallace (harp), Sandra Swannell (violin, viola and vocal) and Terry Young (acoustic guitar and vocal) 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.

Sharlene Wallace is one of Canada’s most prolific and influential Celtic/lever harpists. Playing both Classical and lever harps has led Sharlene to many diverse musical influences and opportunities. 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 and lever 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

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.

Sandra Swannell is a violinist, violist and singer-songwriter from Woodford Ontario. 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.  Since 2009 most of her year is spent 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.

HARP & HOLLY WEBSITE


December Shar Sightings in Ontario
Thurs, December 1 – York University Orchestra! –  TORONTO
Sat. December 3 – Candlelight Memorial Service: – OAKVILLE
Sun. December 4, 2:30pm – Guelph Chamber Choir – GUELPH
Fri. December 9, 7:30pm – HARP & HOLLY – OWEN SOUND
Sat. December 10, 3pm – HARP & HOLLY – SAUBLE BEACH
Sunday December 11, 1:30pm & 4pm – Oakville Symphony Christmas Concert – OAKVILLE
Monday December 12, 7:30pm – HARP & HOLLY – GUELPH
Tuesday December 13 – private function
Wednesday December 14 – private function
Wednesday December 14, 7:30pm – HARP & HOLLY – Cambridge
Thursday December 15 – private function
Sunday December 18, 11-2 – Brunch at the King Eddy – TORONTO
Sunday December 18, 7:30pm – HARP & HOLLY – OAKVILLE
Tuesday & Wednesday December 20 & 21 at 7:30pm – Kingston Symphony – KINGSTON, ON
Thursday December 22 – private function
Saturday December 24 – Brunch & Dinner at the King Eddy
Saturday December 24, 11pm – Midnight Mass at Cathedral Basilica in Hamilton – Shar & Mate Szigeti, flute
Sunday December 25, 5-9pm – Christmas Dinner at the King Eddy

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