Shelley Phillips (folk harp, oboe, cor anglais, and flutes) and her husband Barry (cello) have played with many professional folk musicians in America, Ireland, and the UK. Shelley is director of the Santa Cruz Community Music School, where she runs Celtic music camps for children and teens, maintains a private studio, and presents concerts and workshops with visiting musicians of the highest caliber.
She received her master’s in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has studied Irish and Scottish flute styles, shehnai, dizi, and willow flute. She plays for the Episcopal church, makes bamboo flutes with the English Piper’s Guild, teaches flute making, and directs the Santa Cruz Shape Note Society. She is a member of the Coulter/Phillips Ensemble and the Anjali Quartet, and has toured the world.
She appears on many Gourd recordings, including her solo albums The Fairie Round, Pavane, and The Butterfly. She has recorded music of the Shakers and produced a benefit album, Verdant Groves, for the Shaker village museums. She also produced a benefit recording of Christmas music for the Community Music School called Mid Earth Rejoices, which includes the premier of her “Magnificat.” She collaborated with Rumi translator and poet Coleman Barks and made two CDs, What Was Said to the Rose and Five Things to Say, with him. Shelley lives on the California coast with her family and three very spoiled cats, trying to grow tomatoes in the summer fog.