Phil Holland is a classically trained violinist, having studied at
and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London.
However, these days she is better known as a Celtic harpist/
multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter and has performed extensively in Europe.
She is of Irish and Scottish origin, rooted and educated in Celtic music and western classical music. Phil’s music however tran-scends category and genre. Her music takes inspiration from her ethnic roots, but also reflects her eclectic background. She has
self-produced 5 CDs for Celtic harp and voice; Lagan, Stories,
Going Home, Faeries and Seascapes.
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 perform-ing on the rock from which Sappho jumped to her death 2500
Phil has also worked professionally as a violinist in London and Italy, including successful collaborations on various professional
recordings for EMI and Decca, including Marc Almond’s “The Stars We Are” and Barry Adamson’s “Moss Side Story”. In Italy she opened her own violin school, “Divertimento Academy” developing her own personal and innovative teaching style, writing music specifically for her students and fiddle group.
Phil is currently playing in the duo Celtic Twist with the guitarist/singer/composer Dave Palmley, with whom she has produced 2 albums; "The Visit" in 2011 and "Twist in the Tale"