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.
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.