Introducing Graciana Holland

11174763_780509588730491_7430596592746458564_nGrowing up in the Folk/Americana musical family, The Hollands! and touring on the road full-time for all of her adolescence, Graciana Holland was given the opportunity to explore and experience new cultures, traditions and music, all of which has influenced her songwriting process.

Graciana is an accomplished songwriter and composer with work appearing on three The Hollands! albums including the title track for The Hollands! album, Over Land and Leas (2013) and her own hit single, Banjo Man, released in 2015.

She has been surrounded by the traditions of folk and Americana music and hints of that practice are woven into her Jazzy infused Pop. The mixture of the three end up creating a unique sound all her own. She plays guitar, ukulele, and piano and works with electronic beats but her voice is the stand out. With a delicate and pure delivery, Graciana’s sound keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wanting to hear more.

To hear and purchase her original work please visit www.gracianaholland.com

Download at https://gracianaholland.bandcamp.com

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Australia Tour

Jan 16-19, 2014 Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW Р  Boasting 9500 in attendance, the festival site at Bulli Showground in the spectacular northern Illawarra Escarpment flock to enjoy more than 150 acts performing at 350 events over the four days, making it the largest folk festival in NSW. The Hollands! are excited to be apart of this fantastic festival.

Jan 26 Australia Day (Private Party) Melbourne, VIC

Feb 14  Humph Hall 85 Allambie Rd Allambie Heights, NSW $15 door

Feb 15  Illawarra Folk Club Burelli St, Wollongong, NSW, 2500, AU $20 door

Feb 16  River Music Nowra presents The Hollands! Held at the Nowra Golf Club, Fairway Drive, North Nowra, NSW $15 door

Feb 22 Troubadour Acoustic Club¬†near Fisherman’s Wharf, Woy Woy, NSW, 2256, AU $15 door

Feb 25 Cloverdale House Byron Bay NSW

Feb 26 ¬†The Old Kirk House Concert Series, hosted by Dom, presents The Hollands! held at the Yamba Museum,¬†River Street¬†Yamba NSW 2464 $15 door (come celebrate Jana’s birthday!)

March 1 Gibson Concert Series, held at the Uniting Church Eden NSW

March 13  A Quiet Place Concert Series hosted by the fabulous Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo at the Theatre Royal Castlemaine, VIC $15 door

March 14-16 Surrender Conference, This unique conference is the largest gathering in Australia of its kind, focusing on social justice, radical discipleship and incarnational mission. The conference is hosted by a number of missional communities and organisations working amongst the poor, and run in relationship with Indigenous Australians. Held in Belgrave Heights VIC

March 15 Fiddelhead Festival,¬†Come along to the Fiddlehead Music Festival on Saturday March 15th 2014 at Yinnar Recreation Reserve. Featuring a concert, musical workshops, craft and produce market, children’s activities and more!!¬†Yinnar VIC

March 21-23 Yackandandah Folk Festival High Street Yachandandah, VIC

March 28 Burrinja Ranges Folk Club, 351 Glen Fern Rd, Upwey VIC  $15 door

March 29 Kelly’s Bar and Kitchen, Olinda VIC

March 30 Brickyard Outdoor Concert Series, Sundays live at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine presents 9 shows through out the summer, including Merrymaking Nomads, The Hollands! http://www.theatreroyal.info for tickets.

The Hollands! Christmas Tour

The Hollands! Christmas Tour. We kick off this weekend in Tucson, AZ.

The Hollands! Christmas Tour

 

For details on times and cost visit www.thehollands.org 

Looking forward to seeing all you kinfolk out on the open road!

 

Starfish and Green Frogs

20130922-133053.jpgHanging in the Northwest Corner of the lower 48. We camped at Larrabee State Park just 20 minutes south of Bellingham, WA. We had a show up here at The Green Frog but most of our time we explored the amazing coastline.

Nestled deep in the pine forest, Larrabee State Park sits on Wildcat cove. Sept 15-May is the off-season, so our full hook up site was only $29.00 a night.  Wildcat cove was pristine, with dramatic cliffs, still waters, beautiful sunsets and starfish!

 

The city of Bellingham is a fishing hub and a college town with awesome coffee, thrifting, friendly folks and a great live music scene. We performed at The Green Frog, a local 21+ establishment. However, we did an earlier show and caught the all ages crowd.

The door man, Michael, welcomed with a warm smile and a few fans began to make their way in. We met Brent, who grew up on the set of Hee Haw. A father and his two children, and Amy, a fellow bus conversionist.

20130922-133151.jpgOur set was classic Hollands! with harmonies dazzling but it was Banjo Holland who stole the show. We don’t often get to play in a room that can handle his funky and confident beats, but the sound system at The Green Frog was perfect and Duke our sound guy was fantastic! Our show was followed by¬†The Pine Hearts, a¬†five piece rollicking Americana band out of Olympia, WA. They were gracious and wonderful musicians. We later realized that we actually had met Joe, one of the leads, at Folk Alliance in Memphis a few years back when he was touring with The Blackberry Bushes.

It’s a small world and it’s great to know that there are kinfolk all over this great big world. And, this is a part of the world we would like to get back to! Thanks for all the love Washington!

 

4th of July Family Caravan

The Blumreich family, our first community caravaner’s, joined us over the 4th of July weekend.

blumreichbus.jpgWe picked up Eric, Jodie, Emma and Clara on a Thursday in front of their house and began our trek south towards the beautiful town of Galena, IL. Our first stop Beloit, WI for the Blumreich annual family gathering. We enjoyed a potluck style meal, played yard games, sang songs and enjoyed fireworks.

The next morning we packed up and drove about three hours before pulling into the Palace Campground, which sits just outside of Galena. We discovered this little gem last summer and knew the Blumreich’s would appreciate the vintage aspect of the facility, including an old school pool with diving board and mini-golf course. Everything about the campground reminds us of camping back in the 1970’s and in a world that is constantly upgrading there is something nostalgic about that. It would be the ideal setting for most of the Chevy Chase ‘Vacation’ movies.

PalaceCampground.jpgWhen we arrived at the campground and set up three tents, one for Jodie, Eric and Clara, one for Graciana and Emma and one for John and Les (Eric’s parents). Then we all settled in for a fantastic weekend.

We enjoyed swimming, mini-golf, a trip to the city center to see all of the historical artifacts and shops. We shared meals, bon fire’s and song. We observed each other families, with the most encouraging conversations revolving around the joys and woes of parenting teen’s and pre-teens.

It’s no easy task to be a parent to any age group and it’s affirming to share our journey with other parents in order that we might know that our struggles are perfectly normal, that we aren’t the only ones going through it, and that we are not alone. Likewise, it was good for our children, specially our 16 year old’s, who sometimes believes that the grass is greener on the other side. They were both able to work through drama, share dreams and desires, and hopefully gain perspective by being in such close quarters.

thehollandsgalena.jpgOur ultimate purpose for going to Galena was to perform for the Galena Performing Arts Festival, which rounded out the weekend nicely. The concert was held in the historic Grace Episcopal church and was a fantastic setting. Seating about 80, we packed the house to over 150.

We were a little leery about how our children would transition from enjoying the lazy weekend with friends to performing, but they did a fantastic job.¬†Funny enough, that day, I had spent quite a bit of time myself in the pool and personally couldn’t hear much during our performance with all of the water in my ears. However, everyone else picked up the slack and this one will go down as one of our favorite settings and behind the scenes moments. Including, Eric’s helpful hand in set up/tear down, Emma’s thoughtful prayer for us before our show, a tender moment when Craig introduced Graciana as our “beautiful” daughter, Banjo’s fun antics on stage, and the Malik family driving in from Mt. Vernon, IA to see us and say hello.

On our drive home, I asked Eric for constructive feedback on what it was like to travel with our family. He responded, “your future guests will have to be pretty laid back.” Ha! I know we beat to a different drum and we are thankful that the Blumreich family took the plunge to be our first caravan guests. We are thankful for their willingness to swim upstream with us merrymaking nomads. We love you Eric, Jodie, Emma and Clara.

The Hollands! on WPR’s Simply Folk Radio

Wisconsinpublicradio.jpgThe Hollands! on WPR’s¬†Simply Folk Radio¬†July 7, 7PM.

The Hollands! went into the studio at WPR in Madison Wisconsin to perform/interview with Radio Host, Stephanie Elkins on her program Simply Folk Radio. The program is broadcast on two networks, 32 radio stations and online every Sunday evening from 5 pm until 8 pm.

The Hollands! will showcase songs off of the new album, “Over Land and Leas“, including Old Man’s Town, Lanie Done Did, Over Land and Leas, Amaryllis, and The Great Lake Plains. Tune in to hear the stories behind the songs as well as The Hollands! family banter.

The Program airs on Public Radio, July 7, 2013. 7PM.

Over Land And Leas

http://thehollands.bandcamp.com/album/over-land-and-leas
http://thehollands.bandcamp.com/album/over-land-and-leas

We are excited to announce that “Over Land and Leas” is available for purchase.

Get your download or hard copy today!

This album gives narrative shape to the pilgrimage through the storms, blue skies, daily work, and dreams of our common lives.

Featuring songs like Washerman’s Field, a riotous song with a strong word of warning to those consumed with power and war. Written in the spirit of Woody Guthrie, Traveling Man is a rowdy composition empathizing with those who have no place to call home. Lanie Done Did, is a murder balled, which chronicles the journey of a young prostitute. The Amaryllis is a precious tale that laments a mothers death and rejoice the birth of a daughter.  Lillian’s Daydream is a beautiful guitar piece that preludes the title track. Over Land and Leas is a old Scottish folk tale sung with a haunting remembrance of times gone by.

Old Man’s Town makes an appearance on this album (first debuting on Ashes To Beauty in 2011) Originally sung as more of a ballad, this new version offers more of the high energy The Hollands! share during their live performance. Haiti was written on an airplane from Australia to the US. Using words from a crossword puzzle as inspiration, this dramatic song ends up being a harking call to help those in desperate situations. Russian Lullaby is an evocative song that tells the tale of those who suffer at the hands of war.  The Great Lake Plains is a rollicking song, written in a Dolly Parton vane and pays homage to Jana’s family history and involvement in the underworld back in the 1920-30’s. Rain was written after a personal bout with cancer and is a tender cry for healing.

The Album ends with the traditional, Wayfaring Stranger, composed and performed Holland style, displaying beautiful harmonies, mouth harp, banjo, mandolin and Craig’s brawny rhythms.

All lyrics were written by Jana Holland, except Lanie Done Did and Lillian’s Daydream, written by Graciana Holland.

Recorded & Engineered by David Fuller at Sun Room Studios in Portland OR

Produced by David Fuller and The Hollands!

Art and Design by Joel Pritchard

The Hollands! are Jana Holland, Craig Holland, Graciana Holland and Banjo Holland.

This album includes the creative contributions of David Fuller, David Baumgartner, Joby Morey, Tom Cameron, Joh Behr and Dony Wynn.

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