Harp & Holly

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

2018 HARP & HOLLY Christmas Concert Tour – Ontario:
November 28, 1-2pm – Port Credit (Mississauga Chamber Music)
November 29, 7:00 – Toronto
December 6, 7:00 – Clinton
December 19, 7:30 – Colpoy’s Bay
December 21, 2:00 – Sauble Beach
December 21, 8:00 – Owen Sound

2018 HARP & HOLLY Christmas Concert Tour – Ontario:
December 13, 7:30 – Wiarton
December 16, 7:30 – Wasaga Beach
December 22, 2:00 – Sauble Beach
December 17, 8:00 – Owen Sound

2017 HARP & HOLLY Christmas Concert Tour – Ontario:
December   2, 3pm – Sauble Beach
December   7, 7:30 – Guelph
December 14, 7:30 – Colpoy’s Bay
December 17, 7:30 – Wasaga Beach
December 22, 7:30 – Owen Sound

2016 HARP & HOLLY Christmas Concert Tour – Ontario:
December   9 – Owen Sound
December 10 – Sauble Beach
December 12 – Guelph
December 14 – Cambridge
December 18 – Oakville

sharlene-wallace-harp_3Sharlene Wallace, Celtic harp
Sharlene 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.
More at Sharlene’s website.


Terry Young, guitar, tenor
Terry’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 -harp and hollySandra Swannell, fiddle, viola, alto
Sandra 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.


Rob Ritchie, piano, baritone

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.


Harp & Holly_Juanita WilkinsJuanita Wilkins, contralto
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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