Tillers and Travelers
The Hollands are a mother, father, sister, and brother, bound by blood and a vision to travel about this earth, spreading a message of reconciliation and love. As they travel, they foster and encourage community, sharing their gifts and talents, music, craftsmanship, mentoring, instruction, and merrymaking.
At the end of 2010 The Hollands! recognized a huge disconnect in their marriage, family, spirituality, global footprint and finances. They were the typical middle class American family, working full-time, pursuing their musical passion, school committee’s and organizing neighborhood gatherings. Trials came their way which lead the Hollands through a major transformation process that included deeper connectivity, reconciliation and purpose. They cast a dream/vision for a life that was transparent, wholistic and community driven. They launched in their MCI-9 bus conversion in 2011 and have been rolling ever since.
Here are a few things they get up to while they travel….
MUSIC & MERRYMAKING
THE HOLLANDS! Folk/Americana Band: The Hollands! are seasoned concert performers, charming audiences with their intimate merrymaking. They are a full-time internationally touring family based in the US via Australia with a knack for engaging audiences and rousing a sing-a long. They are 21st century nomadic travelers and frolic in the organic folk revival scene.
Jana Holland, originally a Michigander, has traveled between 3 continents, with an interest in songs of old and desire for the laymen to experience community through song. Her willingness to give any instrument “a go” has transposed into offerings on the Mandolin, Banjo and Guitar. Jana’s deep minor tones and angelic voice extend solace to all who listen. She sets the mood and embraces your mind with her poetic yet ground level lyrics.
Delicate and natural harmonies are added by daughter and gifted vocalist, Graciana Holland. This little darling is stunning and immediately evokes a desire to hear more. She is also accomplished on the ukulele and the Bass guitar.
Craig, a native of Australia, began his music career playing punk, including a 7 year stint in Ballydowse, a Chicago-based Celtic Punk band recorded by famed indie producer, Steve Albini. Craig offers the element of unique sound that pulls the music of The Hollands! in a different direction than traditional folk. When Craig is playing the Taylor acoustic, the rhythms are almost Celtic by nature.
Named after the infamous Australia bush Poet, Banjo Patterson, the youngest Holland, “Banjo” is a force to reckoned with on the Cajon’ and other percussion instruments.
By the end of their performance, audiences will feel like they are part of the band. This is the experience and magic that happens when The Hollands! come to town.
The Hollands! are active members of the International Folk Alliance and support the arts through concert performance, workshops and community arts programs.
SONGWRITING FAMILY STYLE: (Writing & Creativity) Family band, The Hollands! have had a unique opportunity to create together. Their team effort has birthed three full length albums. Gleaning from their shared experience, Songwriting with The Hollands!, offers participants the opportunity to learn how to write with others. They will guide participants through a basic understanding of song structure and tools to get songs flowing. This is a class on song and writing and will focus on writing in groups. Excellent for School age to adult.
THE CIRCLE OF CREATIVITY; Soundscape Songwriting: (Visual Art, Writing & Creativity) The process of creating has always intrigued The Holland’s! They are word weavers and sound makers but appreciate the fine process of visual expression through the arts. In this course, The Hollands will guide the students through discussion about the methodology of creativity and the creative process. Using sacred text, poems and writings, they will guide the class through the process of creating a soundtrack for that written piece. This is a highly interactive course designed for group expression. The end result will be the opportunity to see the written word put to sound. Excellent for all ages. (Students encouraged to bring instruments but not required, all ages)
AUSTRALIAN FOLKLORE: Using story and song, The Hollands share the history and folklore of Australia. Starting with the unique Aboriginal dreamtime stories, moving through the history of the early prison colony and immigrants who arrived for the Australian gold rush-Eureka and finishing with a strong focus on Australia’s premiere bush poets; Banjo Paterson & Henry Lawson. Sharing poems, stories and songs that depict the 19th century everyday plight of the Australian working class, including the infamous poem/song Waltzing Matilda. This workshop is informational, entertaining and offers a delightful look into the folklore of Australia. (All Ages)
MUSIC THERAPY FOR THE ELDERLY: Specializing in movement and memory, Jana Holland offers an entertaining and therapeutic approach in her 45 min program, while engaging the mind and spirit. Soulful rich vocals and a gentle spirit all describe Jana Holland.
IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH: Jana and Craig’s spirit of worship is sensitive and inclusive to all. Over the past 15 years they have had the opportunity to lead worship in the US, Australia and Southeast Asia. They are “worship curators,” using scripture, song, and prayer to create a frame of connectivity and depth for participants to fully engage. They are also teachers and have developed worship, prayer and songwriting workshops, trained and taught at a span of conferences, churches, small groups, etc, taking the participants through study and the practical experience of creating a “collective” and curating worship. Their hope is to be apart of a rebirth of artistic expression and thought in worship. Most importantly they hope to invoke openness in the hearts, minds, and eyes of the Saints to the absolute majesty and reality of Yeshua.
SWIMMING UPSTREAM: (Inspirational) At the end of 2010 The Hollands! recognized a huge disconnect in their marriage, family, spirituality, global footprint and finances. Typical to most middle American families, working full-time, pursuing their musical passion, school committee’s, organizing neighborhood gatherings and with what energy they had left, dreaming about a slower more deliberate pace. A pace that included deeper connectivity, reconciliation and purpose. Thus began the process to align all of those areas in their lives. They started by casting a dream/vision for a life that was simpler, less fragmented and community driven. This workshop will be story based and showcase their journey in travel, bus conversion, home schooling, healthcare, music business and more. Their hope is to encouraging more folks to swim upstream.
MORE MARRIED: A triune Marriage is no easy task. Secrets and lies can keep us from the most thrilling and intimate ride of our lives. The Holland’s openly share their journey through the highs and lows of marriage; offering a glimpse into the process of reconciliation and rebuilding the ruins. For a full day seminary or weekend conference experience, The Hollands partner with counselor, author, pastor and founder of MORE Married, Jerry Price. The M.O.R.E process encouraging Marital Openness Routinely Experienced.
SPIRITUAL ADVISOR: Jana has the gift of wisdom and longs to use her gift to encourage others in their calling and relationships. Jana has a BS in Communications and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and twenty years of experience immersed in the life study of spiritual formation and cultural anthropology. She is currently working on a MA in Intercultural studies with an emphasis in Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jana is a critical and creative thinker but at the core, she is a peacemaker. She has been on the front lines in both interpersonal and corporate relationships, mediating conflict and advocating for restoration through the miracle and ministry of reconciliation.
MODERN DAY CRAFTSMANSHIP
HAMMER AND TACK: As well as a skill set and knowledge base that comes naturally, Craig has twelve years of experience in the building and trades industry. He is efficient and quality minded. He is available for team or individual projects. Craig’s desire is to bring his experience and expertise to any project, big or small, outdoor or indoor.
IN THE GARDEN: Craig’s passion for the soil runs deep within his soul. With an artistic eye, he has a knack for space and knows how to use it. Craig is available for gardening, landscaping and advice.
THE APRON STRINGS: Jana has a rich heritage in the kitchen and has chronicled those recipes in her cookbook The Apron Strings. She is well versed in whole food cooking and loves to share her food science knowledge as well as offer a helping hand in the kitchen.