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updated: 03/07/12

Gayle Christensen

Phil Volan and Joleen Bell play beautifully crafted originals and covers for mainly fingerstyle guitar and vocals with beautiful tight harmonies. They are wonderful to listen to in a concert setting, or in the background at a gathering. They use a state-of-the-art sound system that is appropriate and flexible for a wide range of settings.

In 2002, Phil earned 2nd place at the prestigious National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Joleen competed several years later as one of only two women to very enthusiastic listeners. 

The Black Rose Newsletter music reviewer Stew Levitt describes Phil and Joleen's playing on they're instrumental CD of duets: "Starting with the opening harmonics of "Carousel," each guitar teases, withdraws and pursues each other like two children on an afternoon outing. This is acoustic guitar at its best." 

Phil and Joleen are widely versatile and perform many different venues including concerts, conventions, festivals, churches, weddings, restaurants, and the always-loved house concert.

See Phil Volan Profile and Reviews and Publicity for more.

Joleen Bell, along with her angelic voice brings a highly developed fingerstyle guitar skill to the duo--often with a Celtic feel on many of her original songs. She adds a bouquet of harmony and supportive rhythm to the uniquely tight arrangements with Phil. In addition to acoustic  guitar, Joleen Bell plays several instruments including banjo and lap dulcimer. She has a B.A. in music from Naropa University, Boulder, CO. In addition to three  CDs with Phil, she has two solo CDs and one with Tom Simms.


Hear samples below or on the recordings/order page

Carousel is an all-instrumental collection of beautifully written and performed original compositions for acoustic guitar, featuring duets by Phil Volan and Joleen Bell. Read review in Black Rose Newsletter.

Something Old, Something New is a collection of instrumental acoustic guitar duets for your wedding ceremony.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue features vocal songs with acoustic guitar accompaniment for your wedding ceremony/reception.

Give Me Wings, Joleen's most recent CD was co-produced with Joe Scott of Acoustic Eidolon.

Favorite Colors is an all-instrumental popular seller, featuring Phil's masterful acoustic guitar compositions.
Read Acoustic Musician Magazine review.

Changing Channels, features other nationally-known musicians including Sally Van Meter, Connie Dover, Joe Scott of Eidolon and Hank Singer along side Phil. Read Independent review.

Dancing on Thin Air presents a collaboration with Joe Uveges and Phil Volan of their original songs.

The Two Dreamers is a collection of original songs by Joleen Bell and Tom Simms. 

Together We Can Heal is a soulful collection of songs written by Ryann Hamilton and Phil Volan for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, co-produced by Steve Barta.

Dancing Naked,
is a collection of her original songs with accompaniment by cellist Hanna Alkire of "Acoustic Eidolon."

Volan, Uveges & Sokol, Live at the Black Rose Acoustic Society is a live tribute to Crosby, Stills and Nash, featuring strong trio harmonies by Phil, Joe Uveges and Jimmy Sokol.

Up, Please is a studio version of C,S & N songs and other covers with several originals by VUS.