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Harp & Holly

by Harp & Holly

An enchanted world of Christmas reverie with stirring arrangements of ancient carols and jubilant seasonal favorites. A poetic blending of Celtic harp, acoustic guitar, violin, and voices creating a tapestry of yuletide magic.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Wexford Carol
4:39 $0.99
2. Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella
2:47 $0.99
3. I Wonder as I Wander
1:38 $0.99
4. God Rest Ye Merry Medley: Scottiche / Julia Delaney / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4:33 $0.99
5. Still, Still, Still
3:15 $0.99
6. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
2:14 $0.99
7. What Child Is This
3:45 $0.99
8. I Saw Three Ships
3:34 $0.99
9. Coventry Carol
3:42 $0.99
10. The Holly and the Ivy
2:52 $0.99
11. The Wassailing Songs
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Album Notes
Harp & Holly is a trio of long-time musical friends from the Grey-Bruce Ontario area who weave a tapestry of yuletide magic with their poetic blending of Celtic, New Age and Baroque sounds. Mabel Williamson (harp & keyboard), Sandra Swannell (violin, viola and vocals) and Terry Young (acoustic guitar and vocals) bring their annual concert celebration of Christmas to the Southwestern 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.

Clavering Ontario based Celtic harpist Mabel Williamson has been performing and teaching harp for many years. She is the director of the "Harps in Harmony" harp choir and has written and arranged music for their popular performances as well as an instructional book for students. Mabel is also a published author ("Barn Stories" Pandora Press, Kitchener, 2009), who performs readings for historical societies, museums and agricultural groups.

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.



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Bridget S.

If you're looking for quality holiday music - this is it
I've pretty much been looking forward to the day Sandra and Terry come out with a Christmas album since Sandra started teaching violin to the little 8-year-old who was convinced Santa's elf at the downtown music store made the violin Santa Claus brought her for Christmas. Adding Mabel to the mix on harp is fantastic and these songs are truly beautiful and original arrangements by some incredibly skilled Canadian musicians.