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The Hollands! An Introduction To These Multinational Nomadic Troubadours

The Hollands! are a multinational family band with roots in Australia and the US.

They are 21st-century nomads and frolic in the Americana/Folk Revival scene.

With four full-length albums under their belt, the Hollands! are seasoned performers, performing in over 10 countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, and SE Asia. They are known for engaging audiences and rousing a sing-a-long with their intimate merrymaking. By the end of their performance, audiences will feel like they are part of the band. This is the experience and magic that happens when The Hollands! come to town.

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. Mastered by Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering in Milwaukee, WI. The Last Dance is The Hollands! most diverse and comprehensive album thus far. In a time of historical unrest, this album speaks to the heart of what really matters in this life. Featuring stories of lost love, life, death, family, and longing for a sense of home. The musicality of The Last Dance holds to the essence of The Hollands! Folk Americana roots with beautifully woven harmonies and core instrumentation of Guitar, Cajon, Mandolin, Banjo, Piano, and Ukulele. However, in true Holland fashion, a hand full of all-star players were invited to chime in on the album! Including, famed Aussie blues guitarist, Cameron Henderson (Middle Kids) who added a few licks on the Gretsch hollow body. Jeffrey Niemeier (Fauxgrass) enhanced the album

with his fireball fiddling. And, LA composer, Jeff Kurtenacker (WildStar),

offered undertones on the Hammond organ.

In an ever-increasing musical world of “single” releases, it is still important to find those albums that are well-thought-out and offer inspiration and hope. The Last Dance is one such album.

Craig Holland, a native of Victoria Australia, began his music career playing punk rock, including a 7-year stint in Ballydowse, a Chicago-based Celtic Punk band recorded by famed indie producer, Steve Albini. Craig offers a hypnotic and unique sound to The Hollands! When Craig is playing the Taylor acoustic, the rhythms are almost Celtic by nature.

Named after the infamous Australia bush Poet, Banjo Patterson, the youngest Holland, "Banjo" is a force to be reckoned with on the Cajon’ and other percussion instruments. His inventive beats compliment Craig's mesmerizing rhythms and together they set a tone of movement that gets the feet tapping.

Jana Holland, originally a Michigander, has traveled between 3 continents, with an interest in songs of old and desire for the laymen to experience community through song. Her willingness to give any instrument "a go" has lead to offerings on the Mandolin, Banjo, and Guitar. Jana's deep minor tones and angelic voice extends solace to all who listen. She sets the mood and embraces your mind with her poetic yet ground level lyrics.

Songwriter in her own right, delicate and natural harmonies are added by daughter and gifted vocalist, Graciana Holland. This little darling is stunning and immediately evokes a desire to hear more. She is also accomplished on the Ukelele, Piano, and Guitar.

The Hollands! reside in the Blue Mountains of NSW and are members of the International Folk Alliance, Homeditty, Parlour Gigs, and Concerts in Your Home- USA, Australia, and Europe.


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