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Kalee McArthur

What they're saying about Joleen and Phil:

"Begin with selected hardwoods, seasoned with bronze and the dust of lost civilizations. Add two very rare strains of DNA whose double helixes hold the magic of music and bring to a boil. Slowly blend in voices stolen from angels and a pinch of Van Gogh's madness. Smother with large quantities of raw talent, garden-fresh originality and harmonies steeped in eclectic inspiration. SERVE HOT."
- Brad Hartman, SpeakOut! Productions & Brown Box Music

"Dear Phil and Joleen:
Coming down from Santa Cruz en route to the Bay Area, my guitarist Robin Bullock and I are enjoying your CD Carousel immensely. It was such a pleasure sharing the stage with you in Colorado Springs. Wishing you all the best,"

- Tom Paxton

“Rave reviews are flying at me from all directions about the great show you put on last Friday at BGAS.  Thank you so much for coming.  We do appreciate it.”
- Phyllis Stark, Coordinator of Music for Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society

“It was the best concert I have heard all year. This is not an exaggeration as I have had many people tell me how much they enjoyed your performance. It was entertaining as well as fun (13 Days of Christmas), as well as nostalgic (medley of Christmas Carols). The decorations topped with the Under the Christmas Moon banner really made me feel the holiday spirit. Basically, the show had something for everyone. Bravo…on a great holiday show!!”
- Elizabeth Ritchie, Manager Steam Plant Theater and Performing Arts Center, Salida, CO

"Phil Volan is an artist. His style is colored with nuance and graceful appropriateness. That's the striking quality about his acoustic composition, whether it's a vocal accompaniment or a solo line, it's always crisp and on-target."
- Chuck Pyle,
Recording artist

"Phil and Joleen - The CD (Carousel) is fantastic! You are so talented. Thank you!
- Ken Miller, Director of Entertainment
The Broadmoor

"Dear Phil-- Well, I knew you were fabulous, but I had NO idea. You are just sensational, and Joleen is amazing with the voice of an angel. What a duo!"
- Nancy Norman, Colorado Springs, CO

"I want to thank you and Joleen for a perfectly marvelous night at the Colgates''. Thru the years I seem to have stumbled into more than my share of great musical evenings, but this was absolutely the best. I think what impressed me most was the obvious impact your interpersonal chemistry has on your music. You are both virtuosos in your own right, but together the music is transcendent."
- Pete Mathewson, Colgate House Concert, Colorado Springs, CO

"As always, it was such a joy to have you here sharing your music. The songs were perfect for the service. Your presence was a significant contribution to the gathering. May you always find deep peace and bright joy in all your serving."

- Reverend Laurence Palmer, Unity Church of the Rockies

"Volan's attention to detail, including his commitment to leave his guitar and voice at the music's heart, makes this CD {Changing Channels.} a soulful, back-porch sing-along, as opposed to the kind of Nashville knockoff that some folkies mistakenly strive to make."
- Malcolm Howard, "The Independent"

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"Favorite Colors is an impeccably performed and lushly recorded work...making some well-worn old friends feel brand new."
- "Acoustic Musician Magazine"

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About "Together We Can Heal:"  "As you listen to the magical lyrics & music, you will pause to recall missing pieces of yourself as you feel a deep soul connection with others. That's what this recording is all about: remembering and sharing so Together We Can Heal."
- Rabbi Dr. Earl A. Grollman, Author: "Living When A Loved One Has Died"

"I don’t think I could have found somebody as perfect as you to play at my wedding...and the songs you played were ideal."
- Melissa Teuton, bride
"Thank you for making our Christmas party a delight last week at Spruce Mountain Ranch with your gift of music! Everyone loved it! You were perfect for the “Christmas at the Ranch” themed party. Very professional. Very talented and fun to work with:) What a fun time. Thank you!" 
- Jackie Johnson, Executive assistant to Dr. James Dobson

"It was wonderful to hear you and Joleen at Unity last Sunday and to have a little chat. I have been playing Something Borrowed, Something Blue all week and put it on before I go to sleep.  You and Joleen are not only superb world class artists but tremendous healers of the oft troubled human spirit."
- Susan Inouye 

"This CD {Favorite Colors} is heads above most of what I hear."
- Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records.

updated: 03/21/18