The Last Dance Kickstarter

HOORAY! Folk Americana Family Band, The Hollands! are back in the studio, recording, The Last Dance, slated for release Sept 2018.

As a family and as a band, we have been following our calling to be conduits of creativity and kindness for nearly a decade and it is our greatest honor and privilege to share “The Last Dance,” our 4th full-length album.

The name is no coincidence, with the younger Hollands! beginning to launch out on their own, the name not only ties all of the lyrical themes together on the album but resonates with this season in our lives.

The Last Dance is our most diverse and comprehensive album thus far. The album comprises of twelve songs, written over the last five years featuring stories of true love, life and death, family, a sense of home or safety, and more love. The final track is the infamous Celtic song we play at the end of most of our performances, “The Blessing”, which was written by our mate, Sammy Horner.

Recorded over 7 days in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia with recording engineer, Chris Gillespie at his off-grid, solar powered, Blue Sky Recording Studios.

The musicality of The Last Dance holds to the essence of The Hollands! Folk Americana sound with beautifully woven harmonies and core instrumentation of Guitar, Cajon, Mandolin, Banjo, Piano, and Ukulele. However, in true Holland fashion, we’ve invited an all-star cast to join us on this album!

Let us introduce our kinfolk,

The Players:

Our dear friend and famed blues guitarist, Cameron Henderson added a few licks on the Gretsch hollow body, giving a few tracks that extra dose of effervescence
Our dear friend and famed blues guitarist, Cameron Henderson added a few licks on the Gretsch hollow body, giving a few tracks that extra dose of effervescence

 

Our recording engineer, Indie Singer/Songwriter, Chris Gillespie set the tone on the Bass and added a bit of sunshine on the Dobro
Our recording engineer, Indie Singer/Songwriter, Chris Gillespie set the tone on the Bass and added a bit of sunshine on the Dobro

 

Colleen Davick has showcased on three of The Hollands! albums and this time is no exception. Colleen adds her fine Penny Whistle expertise on The Blessing
Colleen Davick has showcased on three of The Hollands! albums and this time is no exception. Colleen adds her fine Penny Whistle expertise on The Blessing

 

Jeffrey Niemeier has toured with us on and off over the last three years. This is his 700th recording and we are very excited to have his fireball fiddling on The Last Dance. Photo by Adrianne Adelle
Jeffrey Niemeier has toured with us on and off over the last three years. This is his 700th recording and we are very excited to have his fireball fiddling on The Last Dance. Photo by Adrianne Adelle

 

Composer and long time friend, Jeff Kurtenacker laid down an epic Hammond Organ track on one of the songs.
Composer and long time friend, Jeff Kurtenacker laid down an epic Hammond Organ track on one of the songs.

 

One of our favorite drummers of all time, Jason Torrens (of Cisco Caesar) added his drumming magic to The River and John Brown
One of our favorite drummers of all time, Jason Torrens (of Cisco Caesar) added his drumming magic to The River and John Brown

Our visual artist:

Dalia Milan has had the fortune of being mentored by parents, John and Elli Milan, of Milan Art Institute. At 14, she has found her own unique voice among those in the world of fine art. We're excited to partner with this young prodigy on The Last Dance
Dalia Milan has had the fortune of being mentored by parents, John and Elli Milan, of Milan Art Institute. At 14, she has found her own unique voice among those in the world of fine art. We’re excited to partner with this young prodigy on The Last Dance

And YOU!

As you can see, we’ve assembled an amazing team of collaborators to make this project a success and our desire is to be able to compensate those artists for helping us fulfill our vision for The Last Dance.

This is where you are invited to join the fun! Your Pre-order and contributions not only help The Hollands! create a legacy through music but also supports a village of artists. You can do this by clicking HERE.

Our goal is to raise $6,700 USD. This will cover all of our basic recording/production/printing costs and allow us to care for those who have contributed.

Bringing something new and creative into the world is a deeply vulnerable thing to do, let alone to ask people to notice it, evaluate it, or pay for it. So, thank you for taking the time to consider partnering with us on the most important record of our career to date. We could not do this without you!

Love,

The Hollands!

 

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Five Years of Merrymaking

The Hollands! We are obviously more than just a band, we are a family. However, as we celebrate our five year anniversary of full-time travel, we thought it would be fun to take a look at all of the merrymaking our little family has made. 

Our children, Graciana and Banjo were 14 and 10 when we hit the road full-time but began performing with us well before. I can’t even imagine how many total shows they have already played at their young age, but the list below showcases approximately 90 shows a year since 2011, and displays the hard work of touring through the whole of the US, Canada, Australia, and SE Asia. Even more than that, every single one of these performances we had the honor of teaching and leading our favorite song “Old Man’s Town.”    

If you haven’t heard “Old Man’s Town” have a listen here. Video was recorded in 2014 at the Habanero Collective in Phoenix, AZ

The song was written in 2010 and originally appeared on our album Ashes to Beauty. However, the song quickly became our families heart song and appeared again as a more rollicking version on our 2013 release, Over Land and Leas. We are currently laying down tracks for a new project and the hope is to add another version of the song to that album.

“Old Man’s Town” is based on the Banjo Patterson Poem, ‘The Road to Old Man’s Town.’

The fields of youth are filled with flowers, 
The wine of youth is strong: 
What need have we to count the hours? 
The summer days are long. 
But soon we find to our dismay 
That we are drifting down 
The barren slopes that fall away 
Towards the foothills grim and grey 
That lead to Old Man's Town. 

And marching with us on the track 
Full many friends we find: 
We see them looking sadly back 
For those who've dropped behind 

But God forfend a fate so dread -- 
Alone to travel down 
The dreary road we all must tread, 
With faltering steps and whitening head, 
The road to Old Man's Town!

We had been doing an Australian folklore workshop and found the verse in one of Banjo Patterson’s books of poetry. The poem really struck a cord at the time as I had been working in nursing homes doing music therapy and was really taken by how important community was in our understanding of meaning and quality of life. At the same time, Craig and I were journeying thought a reconciliation process in our marriage and the poem just really hit home. The song showcases a sing along chorus that encourages our audience to see the value in each other, to push through the storms of relationship, to find the beauty in community, believing the ancient words, ‘that when one falls, we all fall and when one is honored, we are all honored.’ 

Sing my woes, sing my joys
Sing my friends, now don't be coy
Sing my sad and pretty song
Sing oh sing, oh sing along

unspecified-1We have lead this song at festivals and in more intimate gatherings to handfuls of kinfolk all willing to bellow out the chorus with us. Whether a large or small group, hearing others heartfelt voices in one accord has brought more joy than anything else on this musical journey.

Of course, we’ve had a few cherished moments that stand out including leading the song in our hometown venue, Kavarna, which we performed at the night before we left in the bus. We were covered in sweat from packing and getting the bus ready, and rushed over to Kavarna, set up the stage and together with all of our kinfolk we sang with bittersweet voices as the last note rang out.

thehollands_0110Another of our favorites was in Chuck Parson’s basement in St. Louis MO. The crowd of kinfolk packed in and stood about two feet from us in a simi-circle. They danced and danced and sang their hearts out. Another would be at the last ever Cornerstone Festival in 2012 where 1000 or more kinfolk sang along, while our friends and former members of Seeds and Ballydowse joined us on stage. Then there was that time in Jesse and Janae’s backyard in Austin TX, under all of the twinkle lights and another time at the Fox Valley House in Appleton, WI when all the counselors from Camp Tekawitha came up on stage and sang with us. Speaking of Camp Tek, some of our fondest memories are of our Wednesday night sing-alongs. And, even that summer when we couldn’t make it, the campers still sang the song and our friend Eric sent us the video.

Teaching the song to our first French speaking crowd in Vann and Chantels barn in Quebec, CA was a blast and prepared us to teach it to all of our kinfolk in SE Asia. In fact, on of our favorite memories was leading the song in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). We were playing on our hosts front porch, which opened to the busy street and many gathered around. We asked for a translator and a beautiful young woman stepped forward. She translated the lyrics and those standing there began to sing along with gusto. Then there were all the folk festivals in Australia, boy do folkies down under like to sing! And our kinfolk in Glenrowan, such a fun, rowdy bunch. Whew! Honestly, the list could go on and on!! 

I reckon, even if touring comes to a close, even if we never make another album, our family will keep singing this song, with whomever, and where ever the Spirit allows. 

And so, here’s a peak at our nearly 500 shows over the past five years. Have a gander, maybe you were at a few?

2016

Oct 2 Red Poles Mclaren Vale SA
Sept 30 Metro Mt. Gambier SA
Sept 29 Sianni's House Party Warrnambool VIC 
Sept 17 Rhys and Esthers Wedding Yackandandah VIC
Sept 11 Camperdown Rest Memorial Park NSW
Sept 10 The Factory Kirrawee, NSW
Sept 3 Kihilla, Lawson, NSW
Sept 1 House Concert Glebe, NSW
Aug 25 Lazy Bones Lounge Marrickville, NSW
Aug 14 Live-n-Lounge Macarther NSW
Aug 6 Hidden Valley Farm Ourimbah NSW
June 24 Selah Farm Mullumbimby NSW
June 10 SeeChange Community Jannalli, NSW
May 14 House Concert Gundaroo, NSW
May 13 Folk Session St Barnabas, Canberra, ACT
May 8 River City Albury, NSW
May 3 House Concert Glenrowan, VIC
April 29 Old Church on the Hill Bendigo VIC
Feb 20 Bonnie Doon Folk Festival Bonnie Doon VIC
Feb 12 Albert Park Folk Club Melbourne VIC
Feb 9 House Concert Glenrowan VIC
Feb 8 Euroa High School Euroa VIC
Feb 6 St. Leonards Winery VIC
Feb 5 Cocoa Collective Albury NSW
Jan 31 Zac's Place Harden NSW
Jan 29 Smith Alternative Canberra ACT
Jan 22 Humph Hall Sydney NSW

Jan 16 KCC Singapore 
Jan 10 Muditar Yangon Myanmar
Jan 2 Art in Chai Pai Thailand 

2015
Dec 23 Tamar Center Pattaya Thailand
Dec 11-13 Alongsiders Phnom Penh Cambodia
Dec 2 Red Apple School Phan Thiet Vietnam
Nov 28 Haven Bar Vung Tau Vietnam

AUSTRALIA TOUR
Nov 5-8 Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival Bendigo VIC
Oct 29 Barb's Kew House Concert Melbourne VIC
Oct 25 Concert in the Park Wodonga VIC
Oct 24 Court House Concert Series Yackandanda VIC
Oct 21 Nethercote Music Factory Nethercote NSW
Oct16-18 Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival NSW 
Oct 11 Illawara Folk Club Kiama NSW
Oct 10 Northern Beaches Music Festival Collaroy NSW
Oct 9 Kimandi House Concerts Port Maquarie NSW
Oct 4 Tintenbar Upfront Tintenbar NSW
Oct 3 The A&I Hall Bangalo NSW
Oct 1 Treehouse on Belongil Byron Bay NSW
Sept 25-27 Wallaby Creek Music Festival Rossville QLD

Sept 12 Mountain Vista Music Albuquerque NM
Sept 7 Golden Grace House Concert Golden CO
Sept 3 Kearney Public Library Kearney NE
Sept 2 5150 House Concert Des Moines IA
Aug 30 Phoenix Band Shell Delavan WI
Aug 27 Harbor Park Egg Harbor WI
Aug 23 GBCC Green Bay WI
Aug 21 Waukegon Library Waukegon IL
Aug 13 House Concert Milwaukee WI
Aug 10 Hackley Library Muskegon MI
Aug 9 C3 Grandhaven MI
Aug 7 Concert In The Park East Jordan MI
Aug 6 Courthouse Concerts Charlotte MI
July 18 Delorey Barn Severin De Beauce QC, CA 
July 14 Music on the Green Calais ME
July 9 Old Town Library Old Town ME
July 5 Community House Hamilton MA
July 3 Dover Free Library Dover VT
June 28 Grace and Truth Chapel Boston MA
June 26 Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center Middletown CT
June 23 Roots Cafe Brooklyn NY
June 20 Caffe Vivaldi Greenwich Village NY
June 17 Allentown Library Allentown PA
June 12 Harrisburg Improv Theatre Harrisburg PA
June 1 Music on the Steps Fredericksburg VA
May 30 Dante's Bar Frostburg MD
May 25 Savage River Farm Lonaconing MD
May 17 Chatham County Community Church Chaple Hill, NC
May 16 Hayes House Concerts Pittsboro NC
May 10 Feed and Seed Fletcher NC
May 9 Crooked Door Marion NC
April 19 Satellite Bar Bluegrass Jam Wilmington NC 
April 9 Dukes Wilmington NC
April 4 One Life Camp Winnabow NC
March 30 NTMH Sanford FL
March 28 Spring Beach Fest Melbourne FL
March 8 The Beach Church Pensacola FL
March 4 Music Camp Gulf Breeze FL
Feb 13 Island Folk Concerts South Padre Island TX
Feb 4 Zeplins Creative Gathering Austin TX
Jan 6 Fort Stockton Library Fort Stockton TX
Jan 4 Monterey Court Tuscon AZ 

2014
Dec 29 House Concert Phoenix AZ
Dec 21 Foothills Albuquerque NM
Dec 20 Burton House Concert Albuquerque NM
Dec 13 Jones Wedding Lafayette LA
Nov 24 MLF Thanksgiving Feast for the Homeless Austin TX
Nov 21 House Concert Round Rock TX
Nov 19 Vespers Service ARCH Austin TX
Oct 24 New World Deli Austin TX
Oct 4 St. Francis Celebration New Braunfels TX
Sept 25-28 SWRFA, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference Austin TX
Sept 14 Sweetwater Bar Austin TX
Sept 6 Listening Session Lafayette LA
Aug 28 Caney High School Caney KS
Aug 26 Coffeyville Community College Coffeyville KS
Aug 19 House Concert Lexington KY
Aug 15 Waukegon Public Library Waukegon IL
Aug 13 Benefit Concert Milwaukee WI
Aug 9 Seaquist Orchards Door County WI
Aug 1 Gordon Lodge Bailey's Harbor WI
July 26 Packerland Concert on the Ledge De Pere WI
July 19 Fox River House Appleton WI
July 13 GBCC Green Bay WI
June 12-16 Steel Bridge Songfest Sturgeon Bay WI
June 9-11 Construction Zone Writers Camp Sturgeon Bay WI
June 8 Phoenix Band Shell Delavan WI
June 7 UUFD Dubuque IA
June 6 Anderson Barn Concert Mt. Vernon IA
June 6 Burlington Library Concert Series Burlington IA
June 1 Ox Cart Farm Bowling Green KY
May 16 Newell House Concert Austin TX
May 10 Under the Canopy Concert Series Dripping Springs TX
May 3 Two Rocks and a Hub Cap Santa Fe NM
April 27 Foothills Albuquerque NM
April 19 Front Porch Concerts Phoenix AZ
April 13 Prescott Public Library Prescott AZ

AUSTRALIA TOUR 
April 1 The Old Church on the Hill Bendigo VIC
March 30 Theatre Royal Brickyard Concert Series Castlemaine VIC
March 29 Kelly's Bar Olinda VIC
March 28 Ranges Concert Series Upway VIC
March 25 House Concert Glenrowan VIC
March 21-23 Yackendanda Folk Festival VIC
March 15 Fiddlehead Yinnar VIC
March 14 Surrender Conference Belgrave VIC
March 13 A Quiet Place Concert Series Castlemaine VIC
March 8 House Concert King Lake VIC
March 1 Gibson House Concert Eden NSW
Feb 26 Old Kirk House Yamba NSW
Feb 25 New Earth Tribe, Cloverdale House, Byron Bay NSW
Feb 22 Troubadour Folk Club Woy Woy NSW
Feb 16 Norwa Folk Club NSW
Feb 15 Illawarra Folk Club Wollongong NSW
Feb 14 Humph Hall Allambie Heights NSW
Feb 8 Daniels Wedding VIC 
Jan 16-19 Illawarra Folk Festival NSW 

2013 
Dec 19 Old Town Library Fort Collins CO
Dec 17 Cowgirl Bar Santa Fe NM
Dec 15 Foothill Church Albuquerque NM
Dec 14 Main Library Albuquerque NM
Dec 12 Erna Fergusson Library Albuquerque NM
Dec 10 Desert Trails Tucson AZ
Dec 7 La Cocina Tucson AZ
Dec 6 Monterey Court Tucson AZ
Nov 8 Habinero Collective Glendale AZ
Nov 3 Kineo Phoenix AZ
Nov 1 Eight Day Coffee Phoenix AZ
Oct 21 House Concert Carlsbad CA
Oct 13 Gathering by the Bay Monterey CA
Oct 6 New Hope Oakland CA
Oct 5 Queen Bean Modesto CA
Sept 25 CSL Concert Roseburg OR
Sept 21 Kenyon Hall Seattle WA
Sept 19 The Green Frog Bellingham WA
Sept 8 Vast Sisters, OR
Sept 6 House Concert Boise, ID
Aug 31 The Branch Park City UT
Aug 30 Miner Park Park City, UT
Aug 25 Avogadro's Number Fort Collins CO
Aug 25 Fort Collins Covenant Fort Collins CO
Aug 23 House Concert Golden CO
Aug 21 Hillside Garden Concert Series Colorado Springs CO
Aug 20 Secret Garden Colorado Springs CO
Aug 18 P.C.C.R.S Parker CO
Aug 17 Music on the Mesa Castle Rock CO
Aug 16 Hays Public Library Hays KS
Aug 14 Fremont Library Mundelein IL
Aug 4 Black Soil Firehouse Lansing MI
Aug 3 Cornbread and Jazz Elkhart IN
Aug 2 The Avenue Lansing MI
July 28 Sun Dog Farm Concert Series Maple Plain MN
July 25 Concert in the Park Long Prairie MN
July 24 Fon du Lac Live Fon du Lac Wi
July 23 Knights on the Fox De Pere WI
July 21 GBCC Green Bay WI
July 20 Fox River House Appleton WI
July 15-19 Camp Tekawitha Shawano WI
July 14 Top Deck Gordon Lodge Bailey's Harbor WI
July 13 Blackhawk Folk Festival Mt. Morris WI
July 12 Town Hall Concert in the Park Bailey's Harbor WI
July 10 Lake Park Wonderful Wednesday Milwaukee WI
July 8 Ephraim Town Park Ephraim WI
July 6 Galena Performing Arts Festival Galena IL
July 3 Sister Bay Concert in the Park Sister Bay WI
June 27 Jackson Square Concert in the Park Green Bay WI
June 25 Hayner Public Library Alton WI
June 22 Bishop Hill Summer Festival Bishop Hill IL
June 16 Summer Concert Series Antioc Library Antioc IL
June 14 Courtyard Concert Series Waukegon Library Waukegon IL
June 6 Music on the Green West Branch IA
June 2 Park Farm Winery Bankston IA
May 31 Two Way Street Coffeehouse Downers Grove IL
May 26 New Hope Greenwood IN
May 18 Official Showcase SERFA Montreat NC
May 10 Charles and Myrtles Chattanooga TN
April 27 Doss Barn Concert Evansville IN
April 20 Luxemburg High School Luxemburg WI
April 14 Neenah Public Library Neenah WI
April 13 Cup o Joy CD Release Green Bay WI
March 23 House Concert Lafayette LA
March 21 Sound Scape Workshop Austin TX
March 19 House Concert Austin TX
March 13 Opening Bell Listening Room Dallas TX
March 10 United Methodist Lubbock TX
March 9 Dinner and Song Lubbock TX
March 3 Foothills Church Albuquerque NM
March 2 Solid Grounds Albuquerque NM
March 1 Burton House Concert North Foothills, NM
Feb 27 Australian Folklore Workshop ECM Albuquerque NM
Feb 22 Apple Mountain Music Albuquerque NM
Feb 16 Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living Santa Fe NM
Feb 14 Red Sands Mission School Winslow AZ
Feb 13 Apache Mission School Show Low AZ
Feb 10 Grace Church Show Low AZ
Feb 8 Bookman's Flagstaff AZ
Feb 7 Cornville Mission Cornville AZ
Feb 3 Center for Spirituality Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 2 Folk Songs for Climate Justice Concert Murry UT
Feb 2 Sound Scape Workshop Salt Lake City UT
Jan 26 Artistree Arts Conference Phoenix AZ
Jan 20 Kineo Phoenix AZ
Jan 19 Multicultural Festival Chandler AZ
Jan 18 Quartzsite Bus Rally Quartzsite AZ
Jan 16 Wine and Song Firefly Bistro South Pasadena CA
Jan 13 New Hope Oakland CA
Jan 11 House Concert Oakland CA
Jan 6 Center for Spiritual Living Roseburg OR
Jan 5 Axe and Fiddle Cottage Grove OR 

2012  
Dec 30 McMenamins Bend OR
Dec 30 Antioch Bend OR
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Service Bend OR
Dec 23 VAST Sister OR
Dec 20 Operation Elf Box Celebrate Salem OR
Dec 19 Operation Elf Box Celebrate Bend OR
Dec 15 Morford House Concert Bend OR
Dec 7 First Friday Art Walk Bend OR
Dec 1 High Note Cafe Boise ID
Nov 30 Cypress House Concert Salt Lake City UT
Nov 28 Folk School Workshop Salt Lake City UT
Nov 25 ECC Fort Collins, CO
Nov 24 Avogadro's Number Fort Collins, CO
Nov 18 1st Pres Colorado Springs CO
Nov 14 Swallow Hill Denver CO
Nov 11-13 Timberline School Winter Park CO
Nov 9 The Urban Farm Denver CO
Oct 22-25 Sedan High School Sedan KS
Oct 21 Epiphany Episcopal Church Sedan KS
Oct 15-19 Coffeyville Humanities Program Coffeyville KS
Oct 13 Town & Country House Concert St. Louis MO
Oct 11-14 Folk Alliance Midwest Conference St. Louis MO
Oct 7 Snus Hill Winery Madrid IA
Oct 6 Progressive Voice Concert Series Des Moines IA
Oct 5 Zekes Ames Ia
Oct 4 Barn Concert Mt. Vernon IA
Sept 26-30 CCDA Reconcile Conference Minneapolis, MN
Sept 23  GBCC Green Bay WI
Sept 21 Venture Theater De Pere WI
Sept 16 First Methodist Church Sturgeon Bay WI
Sept 15 Appleton Farmers Market Appleton WI
Sept 14 Brummel Haus Concert Green Bay WI
Sept 13 Soul Rebel House Concert Appleton WI
Sept 8 O'Morey House Concert Elkhart IN
Sept 7 Magnolia House Concerts Grand Rapids MI
Sept 6 The DAAC Grand Rapids MI
Aug 30 Zeppelin's Music Hall Lansing MI
Aug 23-24 Back to The Roots Chelsea MI
Aug 16 Brewed Awakenings Grand Rapids MN
Aug 16 Green Scene Farmers Market Walker MN
Aug 13 Baudette Train Depot Concert Series Baudette MN
Aug 12 Concert in the Park Bemidji MN
Aug 10 Legends and Logging Festival Park Rapids MN
Aug 9 Glacial Ridge Winery Spicer MN
Aug 8 The Local Blend St. Joseph MN
Aug 6 Camp Tekawitha Shawano, WI
Aug 4  "Un-Regatta" Banquet Menominee Park Oshkosh WI
July 29 SBCC Sturgeon Bay WI
July 28 Picnic in The Park Beaver Dam Park, Green Bay WI
July 27 The Fox River House Appleton WI
July 25 Terry Naturally Farmers Market, Green Bay WI
July 24 Concert in the Park Red Smith Park, Green Bay WI
July 22 Gordon Lodge Baileys Harbor WI
July 21 Parallel 44 Winery Kewaunee WI
July 20 Fri Private Event Kewaunee WI
July 19 Brilliant Stranger Fish Creek WI
July 18 Lunchtime Live Fon du Lac WI
July 11-15 Lifest Sunnyview Expo Center Oshkosh WI
July 3-8 Cornerstone Music Festival Bushnell Il
June 23-29 Camp Tekawithia Shawano WI
June 22 Gordon Lodge Baileys Harbor WI
June 20 Terry Naturally Farmers Market, Green Bay WI
June 16 Fyr Bal Festival Ephraim WI
June 14 Summer in the Park Jackson Square Green Bay WI
June 10 Steel Bridge Songfest Sturgeon Bay WI
June 3 Green Bay Botanical Gardens Green Bay WI
May 30 Windhover Center for the Arts Fon du Lac WI
May 20 SBCC Sturgeon Bay WI
May 18 Kavarna Green Bay WI
May 11 Cedar Vally House Concerts Cedar Falls IA
May 9 Barn Dance Mt. Vernon IA
May 5 Benefit Concert Shenandoah IA
May 4 inCOMMON Community Development Omaha NE
May 1 El bait Shop Des Moines IA
April 28 Private Event Kansas City MO
April 27 Starr's Cave Nature Center Burlington IA 

AUSTRALIA TOUR
April 14 Box Forest Wesleyan Concert Series Glenroy, VIC AUST
April 10 Ringwood Folk Music Club Ringwood, VIC AUST
April 8 Hickinbotham Winery Dromana, VIC AUST
April 7 Brunswick Hotel Brunswick VIC AUST
April 6 Wesley Anne Northcote, VIC AUST
April 1 St Stephens Anglican Church Warrandyte VIC AUST
March 24 Private Party Wallan, VIC AUST
March 18 St. Martin's Collingwood, VIC AUST
March 17 The Chandelier Room Moorabbin VIC AUST
March 11-12 Burke and Wills Folk Festival Mia Mia VIC AUST
March 10 Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen, VIC AUST
March 2 Solid Grounds Littleton CO
Feb 26 The Grove Chandler AZ
Feb 24 Fiddlers Dream Pheonix AZ
Feb 18 Isley House Concert Vacaville CA
Feb 11 RiverRidge House Concert Series West Linn OR
Feb 10 Skyway Bar & Grill Zigzag OR
Feb 6 The Record Room Portland OR
Feb 4 The Black Dog Snoqualmie WA
Feb 3 SoulFood Books Redmond WA
Jan 29 Sisters High School Auditorium Sisters OR
Jan 13 Green Plow Coffee Redmond OR
Jan 1 New Years Celebration Skyway Bar Zigzag OR

2011
Dec 31 NYE Celebration House Concert Bend, Or
Dec 9 The Beech Party Portland, OR
Nov 26 Sisters Christmas Parade Sisters, OR
Nov 20 J&J House Concert Series Bend, OR
Nov 19 Pike Place Market Seattle, WA
Nov 17 Backyard House Concerts Kirkland, WA
Nov 4 Skyway Bar Zigzag, OR
Oct 28-29 MORE Married Conference Sisters, OR
Oct 26 Ella Street Social Club Portland, OR
Oct 22 Whisky Poets Room Far-West Eugene, OR
Oct 22  Bill and Kate Isles Room Far-West Eugene, OR
Oct 21 River Ridge Room Far-West Eugene, OR
Oct 11 Bon Voyage Party! Kavarna Green Bay, WI
Oct 7&8 MORE Married Conference Manitowoc, WI
Oct 5 Terry Naturally Farmers Market Green Bay, WI
Oct 2 SBCC Sturgeon Bay, WI
Oct 1 Night of Jubilation 1st United Church of Christ Green Bay, WI
Sept 30 Chefusion Green Bay, WI
Sept 18 SBCC Sturgeon Bay, WI
Sept 17 Bus Conversion Fundraiser  Green Bay, WI
Sept 11 Wausau Festival of the Arts Wausau, WI
Sept 10 Parallel 44 Harvest Festival Kewaunee, WI
Sept 7 Windhover Center For The Arts Fon du Lac, WI
Sept 4 Gordon Lodge Bailey's Harbor, WI
Sept 3 Appleton Farmers Market, Appleton, WI
Sept 2 Concert in the Park Two Rivers, WI
Aug 31 Mequon Country Club Mequon, WI
Aug 30 Red Line Tap Chicago, IL
Aug 24 Hoi Polloi  Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 21 House Concert Crystal, MI
Aug 20 Black Soil Church Lansing, MI
Aug 20 Brighton Farmer's Market Brighton, MI
Aug 18 Canterbury House Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 12 Legends and Logging Festival Park Rapids, MN
Aug 11 Terrapin Station Nevis, MN
Aug 11 Green Scene Farmers Market Walker, MN
Aug 6 Three Crows Cafe' Delano, MN
Aug 5 318 Cafe' Excelsior, MN
Aug 4 Glacial Ridge Winery Spicer MN
July 30 Riversong Music Festival Hutchinson, MN
July 29 Private Party St. Joseph, MN
July 28 Sixth Ave Wine and Ale Alexandra, MN
July 25 Ephraim Concert in the Park Ephraim, WI
July 23 Parallel 44 Winery Kewaunee. WI
July 22 Brumder Mansion Milwaukee, WI
July 20 El bait Shop Des Moinse, IA
July 17 Duffy's Lincoln, NE
July 18 & 19 Camp Nebowa Onawa, IA
July 17 City Church Omaha, NE
July 16 Barley Street Tavern Omaha, NE
July 9 Ledge Stone Vineyard Greenleaf, WI
July 8 Cranky Pats Neenah, WI
July 6 Windhover Center for the Arts Fon du Lac, WI
June 29- July 3 Cornerstone Music Festival Bushnell, IL
June 22 Mequon Country Club Mequon, WI
June 18 & 19 Thistledown Faerie Festival Bonduel, WI
June 17 Cup O Joy Green Bay, WI
June 8 Terry Naturally Farmers Market Green Bay, WI
June 5 Green Bay Botanical Gardens Green Bay, WI
May 21 Chives School House Suamico, WI
April 21 Hinterland Green Bay, WI
April 16 Glas Sturgeon Bay, WI
April 9 Boarders Oak Park, IL
April 8 Molly's Cafe' Chicago IL
March 26 318 Restaurant Excelsior, MN
March 25 Red Rooster Aberdeen, SD
March 24 Sturgis Center for the Arts; Writers Workshop Sturgis, SD
March 22 House Concert Spokane, WA
March 20 SCC Sisters, OR
March 19  Harmony House Sisters, OR
March 18 Mississippi Pizza Company Portland OR
March 17 Maes House Concert Portland OR
March 15 Ides of March Folk Festival The Linen Building Boise, ID
March 13 The Laughing Goat Boulder, CO
March 12 Stella's Denver, CO
March 12 Edgewater Coffee Denver, CO
March 11 Da Buzz Coffeehouse North Platte, NE
March 10 Family Fun Night, River of Life Ceder Rapids, IA
March 7 "Reflections" Workshop, Gibralter HS, Fish Creek WI
Feb 25  Parallel 44 Winery Tundra Fest, Kewaunee, WI
Feb 23 Writers Workshop The Appleton Public Library
Feb 13 The Appleton Public Library Concert Appleton, WI
Feb 12 Sweetwater Sea Concert Series Manitowoc, WI
Jan 1- Feb 10 Recording "Ashes To Beauty"

We’ve had a blast reminiscing, remembering your sweet smiles, and gusto as you sang along. Thanks for all you’ve done to keep us folkies going! We couldn’t keep rolling without you!!

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All Photos by Kara Counard, Bloom Photography

Bendigo Blues And Roots

12009717_1102206499807362_8107545009976256329_nTwo years ago we passed through Bendigo for the first time. The historical city and the kinfolk we met then made such an impression that we couldn’t wait to get back to visit! And so, when we found out that we were booked for the Bendigo Blues and Roots festival we were ecstatic!

The festival attracts thousands of music lovers and top-notch performers from across the country and beyond. And, with over 30 venues scatters throughout the city and 40 plus sponsors, the Bendigo Blues and Roots festival has a real cohesive community vibe. As their website states, the family friendly festival is the brainchild of renowned Bendigo musician and promoter Colin Thompson. It’s inaugural kickoff was in 2011 and it’s been rolling along successfully ever since. We had a chance to meet Colin, who volunteers as a labour of love to run the festival, and we were very impressed by his kind and humble demeanor. We found his dedication to promoting local and region music inspiring and were humbled to be included in this truly global/local festival, administered by the people for the people.

IMG_6732We performed throughout the weekend at The Golden Vine, Goldmines Hotel, Handle Bar, and the Bendigo Art Gallery. All of our sets were about 45 min and the sound and hosts in each venue was fantastic. Each show had its own unique flow depending on the vibe of the venue, which made each performance distinct and engaging. We enjoyed every single performance but especially enjoyed the jolly atmosphere of the newly opened Handle Bar.

To top it off many of our fellow muso kinfolk were also playing the festival. And, we also found remnants of one of Craig’s mates, artist Juan Ford, when we walked into the Art Gallery for our show and saw his painting hanging front and center!

IMG_6832During our off time, we visited most of the venues, heard fantastic music, and explored the city and its historical gold rush roots. We spent a bit of time rummaging through Bendigo’s best in Op Shops (Thrift stores) and enjoyed dining in many of Bendigo’s local restaurants. We especially enjoyed breakfast at Percy & Percy Cafe where we met and sat across from the Thomas family from South Australia and learned of their life on a sheep farm. We also stopped in to the Dispensary Enoteca to savor an afternoon drink before crossing the little laneway to Royal Jim’s Barber shop so our son could get a much-needed haircut. We shared a cuppa with Campbell the swagman, lounged on the green grass and watched bands, we, well Graciana, stayed out late with all the cool kids, including Sal Kimber, Hailey Calvart and Miss Eileen and King Lear, we danced heartily to Cisco Caesar, and sang “I’m Traveling” with kinfolk, Sisken River.

IMG_6790The weekend finally was sharing a home cooked meal at the Vincent abode, swapping stories and reminiscing about all of the amazing music, community and connecting that was had over the weekend.

If a festival could feel like home, it would be The Bendigo Blues and Roots festival. And for us, that’s a rare treat, one we’ll look forward to savoring again down the line.

Thank you BB&RF2015 for Such Rich memories and a fantastic way to end our two month tour in Australia!

 

 

 

 

 

One Holland Down

We’ve been touring our way down the east coast of Australia, starting up near Cook Town at the Wallaby Creek Music festival, then flying down to Brisbane, buying a van and driving south to Byron Bay.

While there, we got a call from Craig’s Auntie regarding his Granny’s health and had to make some tough decisions. We all wanted to see Granny, but the final plan didn’t allow for all of us to go. Instead, Craig flew from Byron Bay down to Melbourne on a Wednesday and the plan was for him to fly back up to Sydney on the Saturday and meet us at the music festival we were booked in for. The only glitch was that the kids and I would have to pack up and drive the five and a half hours down to Port Macquarie to perform at a the Kimandi House Concerts. And, then rise before the sun to drive the five hours to the Northern Beaches Music festival so as to be on the stage by 1pm. Logistics aside, it also meant that we, (Graciana, Banjo and myself ) would be performing without Craig (our anchor). After sussing out all of the options, this one seemed best and so we decided to go for it.

So, with Craig on his way, the three of us got busy rehearsing our songs, finding new life in them, each taking more ownership and as we worked through our limitations we found new abilities and the songs began to take shape. We were feeling pretty confident until we arrived and found out 65 people were coming to the house concert, and that they were mostly all choir/musicians.

IMG_6037However, our hosts, Marie and Grant welcomed us to their beautiful Port Macquarie home and as we explained our circumstances of a missing member they seemed calm and reassuring. We had a lovely pre-show dinner. However, Craig’s absence was noticeable as we shared story. We were really missing him!

Soon the guests started arriving and we moved to the living room to tune our instruments. Anticipation was high and the three of us were all a bit giddy. The crowd was buzzing and you could feel a sense of excitement in the salty air.

The concert started, then a break, and then another set. It felt as if we were floating on a cloud and then in a blink, the night was over. As a mother, I couldn’t help but take delight in my children’s amazing abilities and professionalism. I was standing in the middle of two stunning performers, both excellent in their craft and for the first time really having to carry the load.

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Graciana was sensational and picked up the slack by engaging with the audience, telling stories and speaking eloquently between songs. She lead songs she didn’t normally take the helm on and even shared some of her own writings. And, Banjo was fantastic too! He was able to temper his drumming to fit the room, providing the perfect frame-work for us to dance around. He was considerate and strong, playing just under our voices so as to complement and not over power. Of course, we missed Craig dearly, but it was definitely a rush to have to learn how to depend upon each other and the experience really stretched all of our abilities.

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The night turned out awesome! And, the response from our hosts, as well as their friends, was outstanding. What an honor to walk into a situation and be allowed to infuse goodness into an already wonderful community!

IMG_6045We said goodbye to our lovely hosts that night, as an early morning awaited us. In the end, we made it down to the Northern Beaches Music festival just in time to connect with Craig and hop on stage and sing our hearts out. It was in that moment, that we all looked at each other, the four of us, took a deep breath and delighted that we were all back together.

 

 

 

Touring The Southern Celestial Hemisphere

1856_Burritt_-_Huntington_Map_of_the_Stars_^_Constellations_of_the_Southern_Hemisphere_-_Geographicus_-_ConstSouth-burritt-1856We’re heading back to Australia for a rollicking, merrymaking tour, including some of our favorite festivals, folk clubs, bars and house concerts.

Dates below, more details at www.thehollands.org 

Sept 25-27 Wallaby Creek Music Festival, Rossville QLD

Oct 1 Treehouse Cafe, Byron Bay NSW

Oct 4 Tintenbar Upfront Club, Tintenbar NSW

Oct 9 Kimandi House Concerts, Port MacQuarie NSW

Oct 10 Northern Beaches Music Festival, Collaroy NSW

Oct 11 Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong NSW

Oct 16-18 Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley NSW

Oct 23 Nethercote Music Factory Nethercote VIC

Oct 24 Arts Yackandanda, Yackandanda VIC

Oct 29 Barb’s Kew House Concerts Kew VIC

Nov 5-8 Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, Bendigo VIC

From Nov 18-Jan 5 we will be taking a goodwill learning expedition, backpacking through the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. We will be each bringing one instrument and our hope musically, is to find opportunities to sit with locals sharing and swapping folk traditions.  Read more about that adventure HERE.

When we return to Australia we will be merrymaking through April at more of our favorite festivals and venues. Stay tuned on 2016 dates.

 

The Kinfolk Road To Philly

Road to Philly JPGOver the course of a few weeks we rolled our way through the northern tip of West Virginia, Harrisburg, PA, through Amish Country finally arriving in Philadelphia. Every stop we reveled in community, seeing old friends and making new friends, learning and experiencing history, culture and the inspiring ways folks do life.

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Our first stop was with the Bannister family. Craig’s old music mate from Australia, Keith, and his family, welcomed us to their storybook town of Shepherdstown, WV.

They invited us to explore around their area, visiting the historical Civil War battlefields, Harpers Ferry where we learned about abolitionist, John Brown. We enjoyed an afternoon walk in the downtown district, shopping and getting a flavor of the local tea and coffee vendors. A favorite was the little ice-cream shop, Nutters Ice-cream, where they served up two huge scoops of homemade ice-cream for $2.00! Best of all, we were able to catch up on all the amazing life stories that had come our way, and theirs, over the past seven years since our last visit. Our last two days with them sickness came our way and it was in that moment that were so grateful to neighbor with kinfolk, able to find a comfort and hospitality.

IMG_2882Our next stop was in Harrisburg, PA  Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, sits near the middle of the large state. Once a thriving city, but was recently bankrupted by a former mayor. None the less, we found there was a sense of pride and community effort that seemed to keep the city alive. A few of our favorite things we noticed about this city, specially near the downtown area, was the community gardens and Broad Street Farmers Market. We also found the amount of children playing in the streets and folks sitting on their porches, neighbor to neighbor, enjoying the warm breeze and the company of each other, to be invigorating and most encouraging.

Our host in Harrisburg was the Compton family. We met Jake Compton a few weeks prior in Frostburg, MD when we played a show with Jon Felton and his Soulmobile. Jake played in Jon’s band that night and after the performance he invited us to his hometown.

He, his wife Sommers and their darling children, live inner city and are engaged community builders, encouraging their neighborhood by actively caring and connecting, as well as, impacting their greater community through the arts. They invited us to share meals, story and song at their performing space called the Harrisburg Improv Theatre. They use this space for concerts, performances and to teach improv classes. They are a  creative and innovative family, always looking for ways to invite other into life. This young couple expressed a desire for a story like ours and shared their uncertainty about their purpose, feeling like maybe they were missing out, wondering if travel might be the key. But what we saw, was that their life was already full and they were already living the dream. Travel would just be the icing on the cake.

IMG_2920Later that week, we took a day drive out of the city and enjoyed a taste of Amish Country. We stumbled upon a little town called Intercourse and couldn’t help ourselves but to stop and have a photo taken by the town sign. Yes, we were those tourists. Ha! Really though, who names a town Intercourse, unless they were referring to the dictionaries first definition of the word which is “communication or dealings between individuals or groups.” Even so, we had a good laugh.

Once we got over the name, we sat back and enjoyed taking in the Amish way of life. The neatest thing about this area is the opportunity to see from a birds eye view how they farm and live. It was absolutely mind-boggling how hard they must work and so close to the earth, with the whole family involved. We admire and respect this culture and are thankful for the opportunity to see it unfold, even if from afar.

IMG_3017Our final destination on the “Kinfolk Road to Philly,” was Philadelphia, where we connected with kinfolk, Tevyn and Jay. We’ve had many mutual friends for years, and had run in similar circles but this was the first time we connected and shared story with Jay and Tevyn.

We met them at  Fanny Lou’s Porch for coffee and immediately felt like we were with family. We learned about their community, Circle of Hope, and their circles of ten that meet weekly, encouraging one another in faith and love. We visited the communities thrift store, coffee shop and were invited into one of their gatherings.

 

We also learned about Tevyn and Jay’s creative dreams and endeavor with the Carnival de Resistance, a traveling arts carnival and ceremonial theater company, a village demonstration project exploring ecological practices, and an education and social outreach project; all focusing on ecological justice and radical theology. We enjoyed meals, and conversation about traveling and shared stories about mutual friends whom we all love. Yes, we were talking about you, Joby, Seth and Jon. 🙂

IMG_2972We did a little sight-seeing, exploring the cities historical sites, including the Liberty Bell, the remains of the home of George Washington and we saw the statue of William Penn, all of which was just like the text books described but our most exciting day was spent at a local African heritage event on the South side of Philly, called the ODUNDE Festival.

The festival boasts the largest African-American street festival in the US with over 500,000 attendees.  The festival, whose concept originated from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for African-Americans and Africanized people around the world.

Our day was filled with amazing dance, music, and fool. We’d highly recommend this festival to anyone visiting Philly in June and looking for a fantastic educational and cultural experience.

 

 

East Coast Spring/Summer Tour

mappWe are excited to announce our East Coast Spring/Summer Tour!

This will be our first time on the East Coast as a family band and we are really looking forward to meeting all you kinfolk! Huge thanks to all of the venues who have graciously offered to partner with us. If you are in any of these areas, please come out and support your local venues and say “Howdy!”

If you see an open date and would like to host a house, barn or back yard concert, please contact Jana at thehollands@thehollands.org

MORE INFO AT www.thehollands.org

Sat May 9, 7pm Crooked Door Coffee House Marion, NC

Sat May 16, 6pm Hayes Farm Pittsboro, NC

Fri May 29, 7pm Savage River Farm Avilton, MD

Sat May 30, 5:30pm Dante’s Bar Frostburg, MD With SOULMOBILE

Sun May 31, 2pm Mountain City Traditional Arts  Frostburg, MD

Mon Jun 1, 7pm Central Rappahannock Region Library Fredericksburg, VA

Wed Jun 17, 6pm Allentown Public Library Allentown, PA

Fri Jun 26, 7pm The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Middletown, CT

Fri Jul 3, 7pm Dover Free Public Library Dover, VT

Sun Jul 5, 5pm Hamilton-Wenham Community House  South Hamilton, MA

Thu Jul 9, 6:30pm Old Town Library  Old Town, ME

Tues Jul 14, 6:30pm Music On The Green Calais ME

 

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One of our favorite things on tour is to park in someones drive way and neighbor alongside, so if you see an open date and are in the surrounding area please let us know.