Australia Tour

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

Jan 26 Australia Day (Private Party) Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

Feb 25 Cloverdale House Byron Bay NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 29 Kelly’s Bar and Kitchen, Olinda VIC

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

Australia; Easter Weekend

Easter weekend is usually a traditional weekend for our family, with a general requirement to attend church on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Easter weekend in Australia was anything but traditional. We spent the weekend sharing in song with kinfolk at two clubs and a winery.  When reflecting on our journey and many blessings in life, we couldn’t have thought of a better way to celebrate our understanding of grace and community.

Good Friday offered a reflectively beautiful night of music at the sultry Wesley Anne, a club set in the hip Northcote suburb.  We invited kinfolk, Patty Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo to kick off the night and they brought it! Their vulnerability and healing folk tunes truly lifted us up and entertained all. Next up we asked Nicolette Forte and her band to play. We meet Nico, Duncan, Chris and Kevin at The Chandelier Room a few weeks prior and fell in love with their spirit of youth and their good times beach vibe. By the time we took the stage we were inspired and ready to finish off the night of merrymaking including an impromptu drum jam at the end of our show.

Saturday was a day of rest and relaxation with a trip down to Brunswick street for some shopping and dinner with family before our performance at the Brunswick Hotel. Craig’s mate, Justin organized the show for us and a few other old school mates and family came down to cheer us on.

On Easter Sunday we celebrated the Rising of the son, at Hickenbotham Winery in Dromana, a beach town on the Mornington Peninsula. The Hickinbotham Family have been involved in the art of wine making since 1936 and have been at the forefront of Australian wine production for three generations. The sun was bright and a light breeze flowed through the grounds as the owner’s, Andrew & Terryn, welcomed us to their home. We settled in and shared three sets throughout the afternoon. With a jumping castle and games for the kids, Banjo, our son, found his groove running about the grounds and having fun. After two night of fantastic drumming performance, we gave him the day off to enjoy all of the activities. Adding to the joy of the day was the unexpected and impromptu jam session with folkies Peter Hisco and Wendy Jackson. Their addition of violin, bass and harmonies turned us into a primer Bluegrass band and gave us an opportunity to play some of our favorite old timey tunes. The gracious support of family and friends topped the weekend to make it one of our favorite moments down under.

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Australia; Winery Weekend

After a 30 hour trip (door to door) we landed in Melbourne, Vic. AUST for our 7 week tour. Our first few days were spent trying to adjust to the extreme time change and organize our technology, transport and other logistics.

Our first weekend of gigs couldn’t have been a more relaxing and welcoming start to our tour as we found ourselves in wine country. On Saturday, March 10 we drove up to Rutherglen for the Taste of Rutherglen festival at Chambers Rosewood Winery. Chambers is a family owned and run winery with a history dating back 150 years. We performed an acoustic set of Hollands! and old timey songs to about 80 guests. Enjoying a traditional Australian meal of Lamb and potatos. The wine was lovely and the owners, Bill and Wendy were delightful hosts. They were the kind of folk that know how to make you feel right at home, like family you see every year at the cottage. They had us in their home and offered up spirited conversation about the life and times of a boutique winery and an Aussie breaky, including veggiemite, toast, tea and fresh squeezed orange juice from their garden.

The next day we travelled a few hours west to the Burke and Wills Winery, owned by Heather and Andrew Pattison. We were honored to perform at Andrews “Burke and Wills Folk Music Festival.” An intimate and romantically reminiscent festival set around a marquee in the gardens, with the winery and vineyard an eye shot away.  Andrew describes the festival this way, ‘‘It is probably the world’s smallest folk festival, and certainly the most intimate and relaxed. There is one main stage, home-cooked meals and snacks, cellar door wines, free camping, beautiful open, spacious and peaceful landscape miles from anywhere, yet only 101km from Melbourne.”

Andrew Pattison

There were about 20 musical acts playing to about 200 festival patrons, who enjoyed a relaxed weekend of concerts, sing-a-longs, camping, quizzes, wine, food, talking to the Clydesdale, and even some snoozing under trees. A highlight for us was feeding the chickens. 🙂

The performers included The Beez (Germany), Jez Lowe and Kate Bramley (UK), Mic Conway and Robbie Long, Martin Pearson, The Hollands! (USA), Naom Blat, Rory Faithfield, Roger Montgomery, John Angliss and Graham Wilson, and The Nano Stern Band (Chile).

Our favorite muso was the talented and good humored performer Mic Conway, supported by Robbie Long on guitar. Mic and Robbie entertained the audience with their Vaudeville act playing songs on some unusual musical instruments with impressive magic tricks, juggling, and a fire-eating finale. True performers.

Another lovely moment was meeting Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo. We connected with Penny on Facebook prior to coming over and during our time in Australia were able to share in song with Penny and Carl. Hoping they can make it to the states to tour. We’d love to show them off.

Photo by Bronwyn Rowbotham