The O’Carolan Project


About the Project

Khara Wolf and Shelley Phillips began working together in 2019 exploring new music for oboe and English horn by the 17th Century Irish composer Turlough O’Carolan.

This project covers a diverse range in his repertoire, highlighting a variety of styles including Baroque, Irish, Scottish, and more.

Aspects of the project include an in-depth look at transforming Celtic styles on the oboe, English horn, and baroque oboe. Traditional ornamentation and repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries are being explored as part of a new performance practice and extended technique on double reed instruments.

The O'Carolan Project

About Shelley Phillips

Shelley tours with the Chris Norman Ensemble and The Coulter/Phillips Ensemble. She has appeared on more than 20 albums on the Gourd music label, including her several solo albums. With a Masters of Music in Oboe from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she has been playing Celtic traditions for over 30 years. Read more at

About Khara Wolf

Khara played with San Juan Symphony from 2015-2018 and is a co-founder of Better Knot Ensembles, a Neo-Celtic chamber group. She is currently pursuing the oboe and English Horn in Celtic music as a traditional instrument. Khara joined as Adjunct Professor of Double Reeds at Fort Lewis College in 2015 and held the position of the IDRS as the Digital Marketing & Communications Coordinator from 2018-2021. Read Khara’s full bio here.

Shelley Phillips and Khara Wolf