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 Danceholds 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,
Our visual artist:
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!
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
We 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.
Another 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?
2016Oct 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 NSWSept 10 The Factory Kirrawee, NSWSept 3 Kihilla, Lawson, NSWSept 1 House Concert Glebe, NSWAug 25 Lazy Bones Lounge Marrickville, NSWAug 14 Live-n-Lounge Macarther NSWAug 6 Hidden Valley Farm Ourimbah NSWJune 24 Selah Farm Mullumbimby NSWJune 10 SeeChange Community Jannalli, NSW
May 14 House Concert Gundaroo, NSWMay 13 Folk Session St Barnabas, Canberra, ACTMay 8 River City Albury, NSWMay 3 House Concert Glenrowan, VICApril 29 Old Church on the Hill Bendigo VICFeb 20 Bonnie Doon Folk Festival Bonnie Doon VICFeb 12 Albert Park Folk Club Melbourne VICFeb 9 House Concert Glenrowan VICFeb 8 Euroa High School Euroa VICFeb 6 St. Leonards Winery VICFeb 5 Cocoa Collective Albury NSWJan 31 Zac's Place Harden NSWJan 29 Smith Alternative Canberra ACT
Jan 22 Humph Hall Sydney NSW
Jan 16 KCC Singapore Jan 10 Muditar Yangon MyanmarJan 2 Art in Chai Pai Thailand 2015Dec 23 Tamar Center Pattaya ThailandDec 11-13 Alongsiders Phnom Penh CambodiaDec 2 Red Apple School Phan Thiet VietnamNov 28 Haven Bar Vung Tau Vietnam
Nov 5-8 Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival Bendigo VICOct 29 Barb's Kew House Concert Melbourne VICOct 25 Concert in the Park Wodonga VICOct 24 Court House Concert Series Yackandanda VICOct 21 Nethercote Music Factory Nethercote NSWOct16-18 Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival NSW Oct 11 Illawara Folk Club Kiama NSWOct 10 Northern Beaches Music Festival Collaroy NSWOct 9 Kimandi House Concerts Port Maquarie NSWOct 4 Tintenbar Upfront Tintenbar NSWOct 3 The A&I Hall Bangalo NSWOct 1 Treehouse on Belongil Byron Bay NSWSept 25-27 Wallaby Creek Music Festival Rossville QLD
Sept 12 Mountain Vista Music Albuquerque NMSept 7 Golden Grace House Concert Golden COSept 3 Kearney Public Library Kearney NESept 2 5150 House Concert Des Moines IAAug 30 Phoenix Band Shell Delavan WIAug 27 Harbor Park Egg Harbor WIAug 23 GBCC Green Bay WIAug 21 Waukegon Library Waukegon ILAug 13 House Concert Milwaukee WIAug 10 Hackley Library Muskegon MIAug 9 C3 Grandhaven MIAug 7 Concert In The Park East Jordan MIAug 6 Courthouse Concerts Charlotte MIJuly 18 Delorey Barn Severin De Beauce QC, CA July 14 Music on the Green Calais MEJuly 9 Old Town Library Old Town MEJuly 5 Community House Hamilton MAJuly 3 Dover Free Library Dover VTJune 28 Grace and Truth Chapel Boston MAJune 26 Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center Middletown CTJune 23 Roots Cafe Brooklyn NYJune 20 Caffe Vivaldi Greenwich Village NYJune 17 Allentown Library Allentown PAJune 12 Harrisburg Improv Theatre Harrisburg PAJune 1 Music on the Steps Fredericksburg VAMay 30 Dante's Bar Frostburg MDMay 25 Savage River Farm Lonaconing MDMay 17 Chatham County Community Church Chaple Hill, NCMay 16 Hayes House Concerts Pittsboro NCMay 10 Feed and Seed Fletcher NCMay 9 Crooked Door Marion NCApril 19 Satellite Bar Bluegrass Jam Wilmington NC April 9 Dukes Wilmington NCApril 4 One Life Camp Winnabow NCMarch 30 NTMH Sanford FLMarch 28 Spring Beach Fest Melbourne FLMarch 8 The Beach Church Pensacola FLMarch 4 Music Camp Gulf Breeze FLFeb 13 Island Folk Concerts South Padre Island TXFeb 4 Zeplins Creative Gathering Austin TXJan 6 Fort Stockton Library Fort Stockton TXJan 4 Monterey Court Tuscon AZ 2014Dec 29 House Concert Phoenix AZDec 21 Foothills Albuquerque NMDec 20 Burton House Concert Albuquerque NMDec 13 Jones Wedding Lafayette LANov 24 MLF Thanksgiving Feast for the Homeless Austin TXNov 21 House Concert Round Rock TXNov 19 Vespers Service ARCH Austin TXOct 24 New World Deli Austin TXOct 4 St. Francis Celebration New Braunfels TXSept 25-28 SWRFA, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference Austin TXSept 14 Sweetwater Bar Austin TXSept 6 Listening Session Lafayette LAAug 28 Caney High School Caney KSAug 26 Coffeyville Community College Coffeyville KSAug 19 House Concert Lexington KYAug 15 Waukegon Public Library Waukegon ILAug 13 Benefit Concert Milwaukee WIAug 9 Seaquist Orchards Door County WIAug 1 Gordon Lodge Bailey's Harbor WIJuly 26 Packerland Concert on the Ledge De Pere WIJuly 19 Fox River House Appleton WIJuly 13 GBCC Green Bay WI
June 12-16 Steel Bridge Songfest Sturgeon Bay WIJune 9-11 Construction Zone Writers Camp Sturgeon Bay WIJune 8 Phoenix Band Shell Delavan WIJune 7 UUFD Dubuque IAJune 6 Anderson Barn Concert Mt. Vernon IAJune 6 Burlington Library Concert Series Burlington IAJune 1 Ox Cart Farm Bowling Green KYMay 16 Newell House Concert Austin TXMay 10 Under the Canopy Concert Series Dripping Springs TXMay 3 Two Rocks and a Hub Cap Santa Fe NMApril 27 Foothills Albuquerque NMApril 19 Front Porch Concerts Phoenix AZApril 13 Prescott Public Library Prescott AZAUSTRALIA TOUR April 1 The Old Church on the Hill Bendigo VICMarch 30 Theatre Royal Brickyard Concert Series Castlemaine VICMarch 29 Kelly's Bar Olinda VICMarch 28 Ranges Concert Series Upway VIC
March 25 House Concert Glenrowan VICMarch 21-23 Yackendanda Folk Festival VICMarch 15 Fiddlehead Yinnar VICMarch 14 Surrender Conference Belgrave VICMarch 13 A Quiet Place Concert Series Castlemaine VICMarch 8 House Concert King Lake VICMarch 1 Gibson House Concert Eden NSWFeb 26 Old Kirk House Yamba NSWFeb 25 New Earth Tribe, Cloverdale House, Byron Bay NSWFeb 22 Troubadour Folk Club Woy Woy NSWFeb 16 Norwa Folk Club NSWFeb 15 Illawarra Folk Club Wollongong NSWFeb 14 Humph Hall Allambie Heights NSWFeb 8 Daniels Wedding VIC Jan 16-19 Illawarra Folk Festival NSW 2013 Dec 19 Old Town Library Fort Collins CODec 17 Cowgirl Bar Santa Fe NMDec 15 Foothill Church Albuquerque NMDec 14 Main Library Albuquerque NMDec 12 Erna Fergusson Library Albuquerque NM
Dec 10 Desert Trails Tucson AZDec 7 La Cocina Tucson AZ
Dec 6 Monterey Court Tucson AZ
Nov 8 Habinero Collective Glendale AZNov 3 Kineo Phoenix AZNov 1 Eight Day Coffee Phoenix AZOct 21 House Concert Carlsbad CAOct 13 Gathering by the Bay Monterey CAOct 6 New Hope Oakland CAOct 5 Queen Bean Modesto CASept 25 CSL Concert Roseburg ORSept 21 Kenyon Hall Seattle WASept 19 The Green Frog Bellingham WASept 8 Vast Sisters, ORSept 6 House Concert Boise, IDAug 31 The Branch Park City UTAug 30 Miner Park Park City, UTAug 25 Avogadro's Number Fort Collins COAug 25 Fort Collins Covenant Fort Collins COAug 23 House Concert Golden COAug 21 Hillside Garden Concert Series Colorado Springs COAug 20 Secret Garden Colorado Springs COAug 18 P.C.C.R.S Parker COAug 17 Music on the Mesa Castle Rock COAug 16 Hays Public Library Hays KSAug 14 Fremont Library Mundelein ILAug 4 Black Soil Firehouse Lansing MIAug 3 Cornbread and Jazz Elkhart INAug 2 The Avenue Lansing MIJuly 28 Sun Dog Farm Concert Series Maple Plain MNJuly 25 Concert in the Park Long Prairie MNJuly 24 Fon du Lac Live Fon du Lac WiJuly 23 Knights on the Fox De Pere WIJuly 21 GBCC Green Bay WIJuly 20 Fox River House Appleton WIJuly 15-19 Camp Tekawitha Shawano WIJuly 14 Top Deck Gordon Lodge Bailey's Harbor WIJuly 13 Blackhawk Folk Festival Mt. Morris WIJuly 12 Town Hall Concert in the Park Bailey's Harbor WIJuly 10 Lake Park Wonderful Wednesday Milwaukee WIJuly 8 Ephraim Town Park Ephraim WIJuly 6 Galena Performing Arts Festival Galena ILJuly 3 Sister Bay Concert in the Park Sister Bay WIJune 27 Jackson Square Concert in the Park Green Bay WI
June 25 Hayner Public Library Alton WIJune 22 Bishop Hill Summer Festival Bishop Hill IL
June 16 Summer Concert Series Antioc Library Antioc ILJune 14 Courtyard Concert Series Waukegon Library Waukegon ILJune 6 Music on the Green West Branch IAJune 2 Park Farm Winery Bankston IAMay 31 Two Way Street Coffeehouse Downers Grove ILMay 26 New Hope Greenwood INMay 18 Official Showcase SERFA Montreat NCMay 10 Charles and Myrtles Chattanooga TNApril 27 Doss Barn Concert Evansville INApril 20 Luxemburg High School Luxemburg WIApril 14 Neenah Public Library Neenah WIApril 13 Cup o Joy CD Release Green Bay WIMarch 23 House Concert Lafayette LAMarch 21 Sound Scape Workshop Austin TXMarch 19 House Concert Austin TXMarch 13 Opening Bell Listening Room Dallas TXMarch 10 United Methodist Lubbock TXMarch 9 Dinner and Song Lubbock TXMarch 3 Foothills Church Albuquerque NMMarch 2 Solid Grounds Albuquerque NMMarch 1 Burton House Concert North Foothills, NMFeb 27 Australian Folklore Workshop ECM Albuquerque NMFeb 22 Apple Mountain Music Albuquerque NMFeb 16 Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living Santa Fe NMFeb 14 Red Sands Mission School Winslow AZFeb 13 Apache Mission School Show Low AZFeb 10 Grace Church Show Low AZFeb 8 Bookman's Flagstaff AZFeb 7 Cornville Mission Cornville AZFeb 3 Center for Spirituality Salt Lake City, UTFeb 2 Folk Songs for Climate Justice Concert Murry UTFeb 2 Sound Scape Workshop Salt Lake City UTJan 26 Artistree Arts Conference Phoenix AZ
Jan 20 Kineo Phoenix AZJan 19 Multicultural Festival Chandler AZJan 18 Quartzsite Bus Rally Quartzsite AZJan 16 Wine and Song Firefly Bistro South Pasadena CAJan 13 New Hope Oakland CAJan 11 House Concert Oakland CAJan 6 Center for Spiritual Living Roseburg ORJan 5 Axe and Fiddle Cottage Grove OR 2012 Dec 30 McMenamins Bend ORDec 30 Antioch Bend ORDec 24 Christmas Eve Service Bend ORDec 23 VAST Sister ORDec 20 Operation Elf Box Celebrate Salem ORDec 19 Operation Elf Box Celebrate Bend ORDec 15 Morford House Concert Bend ORDec 7 First Friday Art Walk Bend ORDec 1 High Note Cafe Boise IDNov 30 Cypress House Concert Salt Lake City UTNov 28 Folk School Workshop Salt Lake City UTNov 25 ECC Fort Collins, CONov 24 Avogadro's Number Fort Collins, CONov 18 1st Pres Colorado Springs CONov 14 Swallow Hill Denver CONov 11-13 Timberline School Winter Park CONov 9 The Urban Farm Denver COOct 22-25 Sedan High School Sedan KSOct 21 Epiphany Episcopal Church Sedan KSOct 15-19 Coffeyville Humanities Program Coffeyville KS
Oct 13 Town & Country House Concert St. Louis MOOct 11-14 Folk Alliance Midwest Conference St. Louis MOOct 7 Snus Hill Winery Madrid IAOct 6 Progressive Voice Concert Series Des Moines IAOct 5 Zekes Ames IaOct 4 Barn Concert Mt. Vernon IASept 26-30 CCDA Reconcile Conference Minneapolis, MNSept 23 GBCC Green Bay WI
Sept 21 Venture Theater De Pere WISept 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 MNAug 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 WIJuly 21 Parallel 44 Winery Kewaunee WIJuly 20 Fri Private Event Kewaunee WIJuly 19 Brilliant Stranger Fish Creek WIJuly 18 Lunchtime Live Fon du Lac WIJuly 11-15 Lifest Sunnyview Expo Center Oshkosh WIJuly 3-8 Cornerstone Music Festival Bushnell IlJune 23-29 Camp Tekawithia Shawano WI
June 22 Gordon Lodge Baileys Harbor WIJune 20 Terry Naturally Farmers Market, Green Bay WIJune 16 Fyr Bal Festival Ephraim WI
June 14 Summer in the Park Jackson Square Green Bay WIJune 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 WIMay 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 AUSTApril 10 Ringwood Folk Music Club Ringwood, VIC AUST
April 8 Hickinbotham Winery Dromana, VIC AUST
April 7 Brunswick Hotel Brunswick VIC AUSTApril 6 Wesley Anne Northcote, VIC AUSTApril 1 St Stephens Anglican Church Warrandyte VIC AUSTMarch 24 Private Party Wallan, VIC AUSTMarch 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 AUSTMarch 10 Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen, VIC AUSTMarch 2 Solid Grounds Littleton CO
Feb 26 The Grove Chandler AZFeb 24 Fiddlers Dream Pheonix AZ
Feb 18 Isley House Concert Vacaville CA
Feb 11 RiverRidge House Concert Series West Linn ORFeb 10 Skyway Bar & Grill Zigzag OR
Feb 6 The Record Room Portland ORFeb 4 The Black Dog Snoqualmie WAFeb 3 SoulFood Books Redmond WA
Jan 29 Sisters High School Auditorium Sisters OR
Jan 13 Green Plow Coffee Redmond ORJan 1 New Years Celebration Skyway Bar Zigzag OR2011
Dec 31 NYE Celebration House Concert Bend, OrDec 9 The Beech Party Portland, ORNov 26 Sisters Christmas Parade Sisters, OR
Nov 20 J&J House Concert Series Bend, ORNov 19 Pike Place Market Seattle, WANov 17 Backyard House Concerts Kirkland, WANov 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, OROct 11 Bon Voyage Party! Kavarna Green Bay, WI
Oct 7&8 MORE Married Conference Manitowoc, WIOct 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, WISept 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, WIAug 30 Red Line Tap Chicago, ILAug 24 Hoi Polloi Grand Rapids, MIAug 21 House Concert Crystal, MI
Aug 20 Black Soil Church Lansing, MI
Aug 20 Brighton Farmer's Market Brighton, MIAug 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, MNAug 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, WIJuly 20 El bait Shop Des Moinse, IA
July 17 Duffy's Lincoln, NE
July 18 & 19 Camp Nebowa Onawa, IAJuly 17 City Church Omaha, NE
July 16 Barley Street Tavern Omaha, NEJuly 9 Ledge Stone Vineyard Greenleaf, WIJuly 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, WIJune 8 Terry Naturally Farmers Market Green Bay, WI
June 5 Green Bay Botanical Gardens Green Bay, WI
May 21 Chives School House Suamico, WIApril 21 Hinterland Green Bay, WI
April 16 Glas Sturgeon Bay, WI
April 9 Boarders Oak Park, ILApril 8 Molly's Cafe' Chicago ILMarch 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, WAMarch 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!!
Two 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.
We 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!
During 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.
The 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!
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.
However, 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.
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.
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!
We 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.
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.
Over 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.
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.
Our 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.
Later 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.
Our 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. 🙂
We 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.
We 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 email@example.com
Every town needs a little Hart, Aarin Hartwell that is. We met Aarin at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (aka SWRFA) in Sept. We noticed her immediately as she literally floated around the conference from room to room with a huge smile and a welcoming spirit. She came to our midnight showcase and danced the whole set. Afterwards we sat with her for a moment and were impressed by her sense of engagement and her excitement for community. She gave us information on The Island Folk Festival in South Padre Island and made note that she’d love to have us come down for it. We were delighted but our assumption was that she was an intern or on staff with the festival, and so we weren’t really sure how concert the offer was. It wasn’t until after the conference that we struck up a conversation online about a possible Hollands concert with her production company Hartwell Talent and Production, that we realized that this little darling was the founder and operator of the whole big festival. And so, we set a date to perform for her Island Folk Concert Series on Feb 13 and she arranged for us to come down a little early to enjoy her hometown.
We arrived with a welcome text, making sure we were all settled in and the next day she popped by to grab Graciana for a day of Kiteboarding and exploring, while the rest of us went to visit the Turtle Rescue and the secluded north shore. Later, we met up for a meal to talk over logistics before our show.
Through the course of our time on the island, Aarin shared her story of growing up in Brownsville, just down the road, surfing South Padre Island (which the locals call SPI) and was committed to SPI as her home. She is involved in city counsel and chamber meetings, and working towards getting her brain child of a festival up and running. Aarin is a self-appointed ambassador of the island and she is most certainly a visionary. If you just sit down with her for five minutes you’ll feel inspired to dream with her, hoping on board and lending a helping hand.
South Padre Island is a barrier island in the U.S. state of Texas. It’s 1.9 miles long and has a population of 2800. South Padre is a beach resort town and every year experiences a large influx of winter Texans, mostly from the mid-west and spring breakers from universities all over the country. The island also attracts a large international population. At its core, its economic focus is on the outsider. So, Aarin’s vision to make it home for folkies all over the country is on par with the ethos of the island. However, her vision goes beyond the tourist to the heart of those 2k plus inhabitants, of whom she knows almost everyone. Her vision is to bring art and music to the island, as well as, give a cultural voice to those local folkies who meet regularly for jams and community gatherings.
Aarin created the Island Folk Concerts to showcase some of the artists that she hopes to bring back for the Festival. We kicked off her spring season at the SPI Birding Center and had about 40 kinfolk in attendance. It was chilly winter night at about 52 degrees but everyone seemed ready for the chill and brought sweaters. We did two solid sets offering our original Folk/Americana sound, including a few new songs that our daughter, Graciana, wrote. She also debut her Nord keyboard on one of the songs. After the show folks were generous in supporting our music by purchasing CD’s and our son, Banjo scored a big profit with his handmade “bottle cap” percussion instruments.
We finished out our last day on the island biking up and down gulf road. We explored the local shops and in the afternoon, Aarin taught us to make a proper sand castle. We had a blast learning the tricks of the sand art trade. That evening we rode our bikes to the bayside to enjoy the sunset. Aarin and Graciana had some fun doing a little modeling shoot for Graci’s blog, Dutchy Gazelle and then we finished off the night with a bbq at Aarin’s and Valentines Fireworks. The next morning we went to a little Baptist church with Aarin, that was chalk full of Winter Texans. We sang a few songs, shook a few hands and heard a bit of classic fire and brimstone. For lunch we stopped by the local farmers market and met Aarin’s dad and fellow musician, Jack Hartwell. He invited us to sit in for a song or two and we couldn’t pass it up. We sang a few songs, got a few veggies for the road, fired up the bus and said goodbye for now.
We enjoyed our week of Hartwell love. If you’re a beach combing, folk music lover and are looking for the next hot ticket, think about adding The Island Folk Festival, Sept 4-6 to your calendar. You’ll be glad you did!
So apparently today is Neil Youngs birthday. It’s all over my news feed. More importantly thought, it’s Graciana Hollands birthday. Our little song bird turns 17 today!
This ride wouldn’t be what it is without our daughter, Graciana. She is a bright star and we are so blessed to share family life, music and this nomadic journey with her.
Some children play basketball, soccer, or other sports, participate in art or poetry competitions, are science guru’s, 4-H, boy scouts, etc… Our daughter sings! A little history and some proud moments…
Graciana Holland has always had a song in her mouth and began singing publicly with her mother, Jana Holland, when she was nine years old. Her first appearances on the stage featured cameo’s for Jana’s original songs as well as sharing the stage with her grandmother leading old spirituals. Her natural talent for harmony was extraordinary and her poise on stage was developed beyond her years.
At the age of 12, Graciana joined Mother/Father duo, The Hollands!, recording thier 2009, “To Holland, With Love” album. She was in 8th grade and wrote her own harmonies to Arise Ye Sons and Daughters, a song that embodies The Hollands! philosophy of “one love, that when one falls, we all fall and when one is honored, we’re all honored.”
She also offered contributions on the Glockenspiel, an instrument on loan from her band teacher. Graciana wrote parts on songs Winter by the Bay and The Shack. She began to tour with her family, performing in the Midwestern regional market.
Two years later, The Hollands! released, Ashes to Beauty, an album that chronicled the love, loss and reconciliation in marriage. Although a heavy topic, this album included more of Graciana’s harmonies and her role in the band was becoming more established. She was beginning to take more responsibility on stage and off, specifically helping her brother, the youngest Holland, find his place in the band.
The Hollands! toured with this album across the US, breaking new ground in the Plains states, Pacific North West, the coast of California, the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains. And, then, with two albums under their belts, The Hollands! sold everything, bought a bus and hit the road. touring full-time, including Australia.
The two younger Hollands, found themselves with more time on their hands. Homeschooling offered a fresh outlet for music and over the next two years, Graciana would learn new instruments, hone her writing skills, develop a confidence on stage and find a powerful voice that could move listeners to tears.
In April of 2013 The Hollands! released Over Land and Leas. This album would not only include Graciana’s harmonies, but her song writing, guitar work and lead vocals as well. In fact, it was her song, Over Land and Leas that ended up becoming the title track on the album. Her song, Lanie Done Did, a murder ballet, became an instant hit on Public Radio stations across the US, Europe and Australia. In May, Graciana showcased those songs at the South East Regional Folk Alliance Conference.
As band mates, we are so proud of Graciana for her committment to this gift and although the future is unknown, we look forward to whatever may be in store for her. As parents, our hope is that our little song bird will spread her wings and fly higher than she ever imagined, whether she is singing in the privacy of her own room or through or microphone. Our hope is that she will have learned through all of this hard work, that success is not measured by fame or fortune but by a peace of mind, joyful spirit, grounded soul and willingness to share our gifts even if there is no return.