Australia Tour

Jan 16-19, 2014 Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW –   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.

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Park Farm Winery

Park Farm WineryRecently, we performed at the picturesque Park Farm Winery for their “Toast and Jam” concert series. Established in 2005, Park Farm is a family owned and operated winery set atop the rolling hills near Bankston, Iowa – just west of Dubuque.

The Hollands! Bus at Park Farm Winery We were welcomed and well cared for by our host Bri. We were treated to the winery’s wood fired artisan pizza’s along with our favorite tasting of the night, the Vintners Reserve Marechal Froc 2009.

Typically the series books local bands, but they took a risk on us and seemed to appreciate our offering of original Holland’s tunes intertwined with some of our favorite old timey songs. The concert goers graced us warm smiles and listening ears, as children danced and frolicked about.

The concert ended just as the sun was setting over the horizon. There is something pretty fantastic about the sunsets in Eastern Iowa. They are powerful and embracing. Rolling green grass surrounded by the wide open sky. It’s breathtaking!

Park Farm Winery SunriseBefore we left the next morning I went on a walk around the property. Following the grape vines down a path that lead to the valley below, I found a little treasure shack. The doors were open and when I entered I found it a bit ramshackle, with decor on the floor, dishes, chandlers lying about, a birds nest on the window sill and I couldn’t help myself. This was a prime opportunity to “Bedeck bomb” the place. (That’s my new word for redecorating on the fly)

Park Farm Winery Cabin

I began to rifle through things, placing this chandler here and that picture there.  I was tentative at first but the longer I was there, the more confidence I got.

It was unasked for but I couldn’t help myself.  I saw an opportunity to do what I was built to do, create and recreate. It was pure bliss and I look forward to swinging through Eastern Iowa next summer to play a few songs, see our new kinfolk at the Park Farm Winery as well as visit that little shabby chic cottage and dream.