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Mary Groce

Mary Groce (formerly Tooke) is a singer, harpist, actor and songwriter. She performs with Celtic, concert, and strolling harps, and her music ranges from Italian, Irish, Scots, Welsh, French, German and Spanish to jazz, country, show, old-time standards and popular—including many of her own compositions. Her performances range from background instrumentals to school and retirement home programs to jazz clubs and stage concerts. She also works with dementia unit and bed-ridden patients.

A professional singer since her teens, Mary has studied voice with several teachers, and she majored in music at Gettysburg College—ultimately receiving her B.A. degree in English with a concentration in Theatre Arts. She also studied voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and she has studied harp with both classical and Celtic teachers and performers.

Mary presented a series of concerts in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she was televised, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has given senior citizen and school programs (nursery school through college) and concerts throughout the United States (for example, a four-state Community Concert tour for Columbia Artists Management), and performs regularly in the Philadelphia/Tri-State area, including radio and TV appearances such as "Spotlight" on PBS TV, "Women's Music Hour" on WXPN, and WHYY's "The Gene Shay Show." Her local venues include Longwood Gardens, Rosetree Park, the University Museum, and many other colleges, special interest groups, nursing homes, restaurants and casinos.

Mary has been featured and reviewed in several publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Irish Edition, Main Line Times, Main Line Life, Philadelphia Magazine, and The Scotsman of Edinburgh. Also, her articles, songs and artwork have appeared internationally in harp magazines.

In Mary's first recording, Celtic Reverie, she presents a collection of Scots, Irish and Welsh songs. Her latest recording, Mary. . . the Voice, Harp and Songs of Mary Groce, is the debut of her own compositions.

Currently, Mary can be heard performing soothing instrumentals on her concert harp every Tuesday through Saturday evening at the William Penn Inn in Gwynedd, Pa., and she sings and plays for brunches at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ.

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Mary’s music is serene, festive, therapeutic, and perfect for any occasion.