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!
Two years ago we visited friends of friends in the Northern Thailand town of Pai. Once there we discovered not only the beauty of a new place but also sincere friendship at Shekina Gardens. We kept in touch with our new friends and recently reached out to them for a return visit. They told us about a 10-day festival called Shambhala in Your Heart, hosted by a Japanese community, based in Thailand. They said that the festival happens every February and suggested we join them there. We contacted the festival to inquire about performing and they accepted our proposal. Our friend and fellow bus rider, Jeffrey, contacted us and asked to join as well. He met us in Australia and we all flew over together.
We arrived in the small town of Chiang Dao on a warm Thursday afternoon and found our way to the festival grounds. We were greeted by the mighty, mist-shrouded Doi Luang mountain. Teepees and tents sprinkled the grounds, prayer flags blew in the breeze and happy hippies from around the globe frolicked in the stream. We met a new friend named Totto and asked her what Shambhala actually meant. She explained that in Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, Shambhala; is a mythical kingdom and suggested it was like being safe in the palm of the Buddha’s hand.
The days were filled with workshops in the arts, history, crafts, every kind of yoga that exists, sound therapy, and meditation. In fact, our friends from Shekina Gardens hosted a gentle and exploratory “Christ-centered” meditation every day in one of the Teepees. This was the first year they were invited to lead and we found the gesture to be quite progressive and affirming to our faith practice. It complimented the intercultural nature of the festival and enhanced what seemed to be a core ideology of an open and simple life for all, free from greed, destruction, and war.
One favorite workshop was about the history of the indigenous people, or the Ainu people in Japan. (Ainu” means “human”.) Some attention was given to the plight of the Ainu people in Japan and how in 1899 Japan created a law that restricted the Ainu from participating in their own cultural activities. In other words, the Ainu people were stripped of their land, customs, and language in hopes that they would assimilate to Japanese culture. It wasn’t until 1997 that this law was lifted and the Ainu people were allowed to practice their own customs again. It was both enlighting and disheartening to learn of this considering the plight of our own indigenous friends in both Australia and the US and stirred in us an advocates heart. Most of the class, however, was on the rituals and beliefs of the Ainu people. We learned that they regard things that are useful to them or beyond their control as “kamuy”(gods). In daily life, they pray to and perform various ceremonies for the gods. We learned about the ancient practice of “stitching”. In this practice, Ainu women weave and elaborately decorate the traditional ceremonial clothing with symbols of the of the gods including “nature” gods, such as of fire, water, wind and thunder and “animal” gods, such as the bear or crow. Then we were given opportunities to learn the craft of stitching ourselves. It was a fascinating and inspiring way to spend an afternoon.
Another fun activity was just a short walk down the road to the sulfur hot springs. It was free to the public and offered a variety of tubs varying in temperature. Our new (10yr old) friend, David, from Russia, joined us one afternoon and we had a lively discussion about how much he loves fire. When I suggested he become a fireman when he grows up, he looked at me and said with disgust “I do not want to kill fire! I want to make fire big! Very big! I want to be fire!” Haha!! Watch out world!
In the evenings there was music, fire twirling, and dancing. At some point during the night, there were announcements. Three speakers took the stage, one spoke Japanese, one Thai, and one English. It was fascinating to watch them translate for one another. Most of the announcements had to do with interacting with and respecting the local village and culture; things like respecting the village by putting on more clothes (not cool to run around in bikini’s or shirtless in Thailand) or quiet hours starting at midnight. It was refreshing to watch these leaders setting a tone of humility and harmony by offering us wisdom to better interact with the local culture.
There were two performance stages. The kitchen stage ran during the afternoon and featured open mics, poetry, and spoken word. The main stage was in the middle of the grounds and ran in the evening from 5:30pm-midnight. The bands varied from singer/songwriters to full-on rock/reggae bands and most were from Thailand or Japan. There were also a handful of performance art/dance acts.
The Hollands! performed a rollicking set on a Wednesday night just as the sun was setting. We shared six songs and invited our friends Ro and Aya to join us on Morning Star, our last song. The crowd was enchanting as they danced, sang and encouraged us with their smiles. It was most certainly one of our favorite performance interactions. Besides our official performance, we also spent quite a bit of the festival jamming old bluegrass and folk tunes with other muso’s. Jeffrey really stood out at the festival with his mad violin skills! He was even invited to play a haunting set during the fire spinning show. It was fire and violin, quite the beautiful combination.
On a side note: We stayed at Koko Home. (There was camping at the festival but the cost to buy all the gear was about the same as staying at Koko’s, so we opted for comfort). We rented out the family room for four people, with a queen and bunks for about $1000TBT a night (That’s about $30USD) The room was clean and air-conditioned, which was refreshing as some of the days it got up to 98f. We also rented one moped from Koko and used it to shuttle back and forth. Koko and his family were amazing hosts. Koko spoke English well and invited all the guest, including us, to a home cooked meal and jam one of the nights. His wife made Khao Soi, which is a soup-like dish made with a mix of deep-fried crispy egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime, ground chilies fried in oil, and meat in a curry-like sauce containing coconut milk. It is our new favorite and we will be looking for it on every Thia menu we can find it on!
PS. If you are keen to go to Shambhala in Your Heart and want more information on logistics, Joanna’s “Blond Travels” blog was very helpful.
"Jana Holland was given a rich heritage of song and spirit. Every Saturday afternoon for the first 15 years of her life, she would join her Grandmother at the local nursing home in Muskegon, Michigan, to sing hymns of old. As a teen, she was introduced to the world of performance, and recording by touring with Judy Price, her mother, mentor and gifted vocalist.
Through these experiences Jana developed a deep desire to connect with others through song and began to write after having her daughter in 1996. In her writings she shares her life journey, offering an emotional, intellectual and spiritual response to deeply moving issues." ~CD Baby
In 2007 Mama Holland sat down with her guitar and recorded five heart songs. Run, Empathy, Keeper of Your Dreams, Sweet Little Baby and Windows.
All of the songs were deeply personal and chronicle her journey out of the pit, foot set upon a new rock and a new song put in her mouth.
The name *One* came after an encounter she had at the zoo in Madison, WI. While there as a chaperon on a school trip, Jana had an interaction with a stranger. A woman and her son had been trailing behind the group all day and finally approached Jana at the end of the afternoon. The woman said that she had a divine message and wanted to know if Jana was keen to hear. She answered, “sure.” The woman told her that she was going to have a baby. Bursting into laughter, Jana responded, that the physical possibility for this prophecy was quite impossible. However, the woman continued on, stating that it wasn’t a physical baby but the birth of something that Jana had longed for, something creative. This resonated with Jana as she had a deep desire to record her heart songs but no idea how to do it. She left the encounter encouraged and excited for what might come regarding her dream. She though the name *One* was appropriate because it would hopefully be the first of many new creative babies.
A few months later, while sharing her dream to record, a fellow musician and sound engineer named Danny Lueck made a generous offer to help. He had access to all the necessary recording equipment and the expertise to guide her through. And so, the recording began.
Thinking back to the lady who had encouraged Jana, she smiled and from that moment on everything about the process was related to that of having a baby, from the CD art work, to making jokes about Danny being her doctor and the ladies in the office, her nurses. Even the process to produce a final product was laborious. Everything was done by hand from the burning of the disks to creating the hand-made packaging. Her mother and cousin were there by her side and even threw her a little shower to celebrate.
All up they hand crafted one hundred of the EP *One* and the songs were archived on CD Baby and put on to Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, Etc…
Come Thou Fount, one of the most famous hymns out there today. Set to the American Folk tune, Nettleton, it has been covered by David Crowder, Jars of Clay, Michael Card, Phil Wickham, Chris Tomlin and a million other worship bands. Even some of our favorite folkies like Sufjan Stevens and Mumford and Sons have covered the song.
I’ve always loved this hymn, but if I’m honest, I really have no idea what most of the lyrics mean. You know, with all the founts, fettering and Ebenezers, constraining and interposing… So, I thought I’d look up the history and come to find out the song was written by Robert Robinson in 1757 and is autobiographical in nature. Robinson writes the song as a confession of a proneness to wander away from the Lord. It is a song about repentance and redemption!
Those who have recorded Robinson’s story tell it this way. In his youth, Robert Robinson was apprenticed to a barber in London and was quite the party boy. One day he heard a sermon by a preacher named George Whitefield. There was fire spewing from Whitefields lips as he spoke on the stern words of John the Baptist to the Jewish leaders of his day. “Brood of vipers!” He shouted, “Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matt. 3:7). Anyway, during the sermon, the Spirit of God took hold of the wayward young man and he put his faith in Christ.
Associated with the Wesleys for a time, Robinson served as a pastor in several churches. He wrote a number of works on theology, and two hymns that we know of, ‘Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee,’ and ‘Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.’ However, in his later years he drifted away from God rambling and stumbling back into his old pit.
Robert Cottrill, newspaper columnist, radio host, and long-time contributor to the Cyber Hymnal tells the rest of the story:
"Although Robinson was in broken fellowship with the Lord, that one day, the author was traveling in a stage coach. His only companion was a young woman unknown to him. In the providence of God, and not realizing who it was she spoke with, the woman quoted Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, saying what an encouragement it had been to her. And try as he might, Robinson could not get her to change the subject.
Finally, he said, with tears in his eyes, “Madam, I am the poor unhappy man who composed that hymn, many years ago. And I would give a thousand worlds, if I had them, to enjoy the feelings I then had!” Gently, she replied, “Sir, the ‘streams of mercy’ are still flowing.”
He was deeply touched by that. As a result of the encounter he repented. His fellowship with the Lord was restored through the ministry of his own hymn, and a Christian’s willing witness."
The last stanza is often left out. It is my favorite:
O that Day when freed from sinning,
I shall see thy lovely Face;
Clothed then in blood-washed Linen
How I’ll sing thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransom’d Soul away;
Send thine Angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless Day.
May we continue to sing songs of repentance (sincere regret or remorse) and redemption (absolution) and may we find our comrade, Robert Robinson’s journey back to Jesus an encouragement of God’s faithfulness to us.
And, may we hold fast to the reminder that the author of Hebrews exhorts.
"Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid of every weight and entangling sin. Let us run with endurance the race set before us, focusing on Yeshua, the initiator and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame; and He has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and lose heart.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 TLV
By the way,
Fount means; a source of a desirable quality or commodity.
Fetter is a chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles.
And Eben-Ezer is from a reference from the book of Samuel and means stone of help
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!!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
In August 2011, we gave away all of our possession and bought a 1984 MCI-9 Motorcoach (bus). Over the course of two months we would begin the conversion process with the help of many friends, neighbors and family. We departed Green Bay, WI in our bus on Oct 13, 2011, with the exterior walls, couch, dinette and master bed in tact. The rest of the bus was a container. We set off for our first stop in Sister, OR where another handful of friends and family helped us build out the kitchen cabinets, framing bedrooms and installing the electrical system. We left Oregon and as we traveled we built out what we could, when we had the resources and time. Over the course of the next three years we installed the plumbing system and finished off the bathroom complete with a shower and hot water. We have traveled over 60,000 miles, through 36 states. We are peace pilgrims, folk revivalists, and merrymakers. And, this is our home today.
PS. Video was filmed on an I-Phone 4 and we realize the quality isn’t ideal but hopefully you get a good glimpse for now. Also, here is the first design floor plan drawn by our friend, Marc Brummel. We adapted it as we built, moving the shower, sink and toilet but the basic design is the same.
Community. We talk a lot about the subject, calling ourselves Community architects, builders, and encouragers. We take great delight being apart of and watching humanity weave together naturally. We love to see unity and harmony among our fellow-man. Practically though, people ask, how do we do that? There are all sorts of programs out there on building community, from creating small groups (cell groups), joining clubs, to hosting regular gatherings. We appreciate them all, but our favorite way of encouraging the coming together of folks is to offer our musical gifts in a house concert setting. It is here that the host sets the tone of openness by taking a risk and doing something out of the norm. Neighbors and friends from all walks of life gather, enjoy food, drink, conversation and song.
Recently, we were parked with the Heikkila/Hansen families just outside of Austin, TX. They are two beautiful families, linked by a brother and sister relationship, who are united in lifestyle and situated on the same property. They share life with one another on a daily basis. And, although they have a desire to connect with surrounding neighbors, they haven’t known how to go about starting that process. Our arrival and offer to do a concert in their backyard got their wheels turning. After a little explanation of how the night moves, they felt comfortable and began to put the word out to friends and neighbors. The night brought together kinfolk from all walks of life and the result was an infusion of encouragement and just a little bit stronger bond of understanding and commitment in the neighborhood.
We love twinkle lights, we love playing music together, we love good food and drink but most of all we love seeing people connect and engage. That’s the spice of life for us Hollands! That’s why we call ourselves merrymakers and that is why we do what we do.
If you would like us to come and play in your backyard, we’d be delighted.
All of the amazing photos were taken by Van Teodosio.