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Phil Holland

Phil Holland

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 Contribution to the Show

Phil has graciously allowed us to play some of her beautiful and stirring music in our Spring Holiday Special for 2010, SP17a. Here you can hear Laoch Sidhe which is the tale of a Warrior or Hero Faerie in the Battles of the Tuatha De Danaan. It comes from her album, Faeries (see below).

 Biography

"I feel when I play and sing that the harp and voice become as one. They flow together each embracing and respecting the other. If you love what you are doing and invest every single note with care and feeling I believe that you cannot fail to reach out and connect with someone. Years ago I realised that music is about communicating and not about empty displays of virtuosity. I'm strangely uninterested in how many notes can be crammed into the shortest time possible, or the sheer volume of sound that can be forced out of an instrument. I am on the other hand seriously interested in fluidity of musical thought, single harmonious moments and the importance of letting music breathe."

A Celtic harpist/singer/songwriter, Phil Holland has performed all over Europe as a soloist.

Phil is a classically trained musician with Celtic roots. Her music contains many influences from classical to traditional including jazz and minimalist inspired sounds. Phil’s music however transcends category and genre. Her peaceful, reflective style touches the heart and souls of people of all ages, from all walks of life, all over the world.

Phil is of Irish and Scottish origin, rooted and educated in Celtic music and western classical music. She has to her credit 5 CDs for Celtic harp, voice and violin; “LAGAN” in 2004, “STORIES” in 2005, “GOING HOME” in 2006, “FAERIES” in 2008 and “SEASCAPES” in 2009. Her music takes inspiration from her ethnic roots, but also reflects her eclectic background. Her latest work, “Seascapes” is a musical meeting of the Greek and Celtic cultures.

She writes, arranges and performs all her own music. In international folk festivals she has performed alongside other musicians of worldwide renown, (for example, Hevia, Alan Stivell, Sharon Shannon).

In 2008 Phil opened one of the most important music festivals in Greece, the “Lefkas Speech and Arts Festival”, performing for the president of the Greek Republic, Karolos Papoulias. In 2009, she conceived and launched the very first Sappho Festival by performing on the rock from which Sappho jumped to her death 2500 years ago.

“Phil Holland is a discerning and exacting performer. Her (not so secret) weapon is her sweetness and delicacy; in the movement of her violin bow, in the plucking of the strings of her harp and in her voice, which amazes in its perfect moulding of ornamentations and long, held notes, always careful never to overdo either. Charm and modesty are her emerging qualities which is why she is appreciated by such a wide-ranging audience.

Phil has all the qualities to make people dream if they enter into her world.”
   Folk Bulletin

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 Albums

Phil has 10 albums available.

Celtic Twist Compilation

Celtic Twist Compilation

w. Dave Palmley

Buy/Download from Celtic Twist

The West Coast Sessions

The West Coast Sessions

w. Dave Palmley

Buy from Celtic Twist

A Celtic Twist Christmas

A Celtic Twist Christmas

w. Dave Palmley

Buy from Celtic Twist

Twist in the Tale

Twist in the Tale

w. Dave Palmley

Buy from Celtic Twist

The Visit

The Visit

w. Dave Palmley

Buy from Celtic Twist

Seascapes

Seascapes

Buy from iTunes

The Visit

Faeries

Buy from CD Baby

Going Home

Going Home

Buy from iTunes

Lagan

Lagan

Buy from Celtic Twist

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