Several years ago, March 29, 2010, to be exact, we made a connection with some folks who became fast friends.
The Hollands! is a multinational family band and we invited them to perform at Da Buzz a few times over the years. Da Buzz was the coffee house we owned on West A Street from 2001 to 2014.
They are returning to North Platte to perform at Feather River Vineyard at 6 p.m. on July 12. I will open for them with a few songs, but really want you all to experience the amazing feeling of love and joy they express through their original music. They will also be performing at 2 p.m. on July 14 at the Lexington Public Library.
With deep roots in music, the family of four, Craig and Jana, along with children Graciana and Banjo, perform a style that is unique, with an international flavor that mirrors their nomadic Americana/folk revival scene.
Gail and I fell in love with them from the first time we met. They travel in a remodeled Greyhound bus that Craig has crafted into living quarters so they can traverse the United States. We have enjoyed great conversations with them in their previous stays with us, and although it has been a few years since we’ve seen them, through their Facebook page we keep up with their travels.
The Hollands! are seasoned performers and have shared their music and life in over 10 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia and Southeast Asia.
Craig is a native of Melbourne, Victoria Australia, and 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 his Taylor acoustic, the rhythms are almost Celtic by nature.
Jana Holland, originally a Michigander, has an interest in songs of old, and a desire for laymen to experience community through song. Her willingness to give any instrument “a go” has led 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.
Named after the infamous Australia bush poet Banjo Patterson, the youngest Holland is a force to be reckoned with on the Cajon’ and other percussion instruments. Banjo’s inventive beats complement Craig’s mesmerizing rhythms and together they set a tone of movement that gets the feet tapping.
A songwriter in her own right, daughter and gifted vocalist Graciana Holland adds delicate and natural harmonies. She has done some solo recording and her voice and style are stunning and immediately evoke a desire to hear more. She is also accomplished on the ukulele, piano and guitar.
For Gail and I, the camaraderie we enjoy with this wonderful family has ministered to us each time we connect. Through that process we were privileged to meet Jana’s parents, Jerry and Judy Price. A phone call now and then when they were coming through North Platte either from Wisconsin to Arizona or vice versa led to Jerry and Judy spending a few nights with us over the years.
Sadly, Jerry passed away in December from cancer and although our hearts ache, we know he was a committed believer in Jesus Christ and we are grateful for God’s promises of eternal life for him. Jerry and I played golf together each time they came through, and in those moments it was clear we had a connection through God’s Spirit as brothers in the Lord.
I’m hoping to take Craig golfing this time, as he enjoys the sport as well. In between the concerts, we hope to catch up on life, and our goal is to minister to them and pray they find refreshment from you as you consider attending one of their concerts.
The Hollands! released their fourth full-length album titled “The Last Dance,” on Dutchy Love Records in September 2018. The title track “The Last Dance” music video can be seen at youtu.be/9Y6n16Zprsk along with other offerings and information on their website at thehollands.org.
No reservations are needed and there is no cover charge at either Feather River or the Lexington library.
We would love to see you all come and support our friends.