Joyce and Christian once invited me to their house in NZ for Karaoke. Sure! I said, expecting that everyone's home karaoke system would be like my parents - VHS tapes with concert footage overlayed with subtitle singalong lyrics. NO NO NO...
The Bollands surprised us all with a collection of over 20 instruments, a song book and a warm open home to request any song we wanted with LIVE accompaniment.
Fast-forward 10 years and here they are playing at Rockwood Music Hall, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Joyce on the keyboard, her tiny fingers and tiny feet working melodies and percussion at the same time, while Christian launches into a heart-wrenching song and guitar about his life, their life, their home, and various journeys and wayward friends along the way. "The Drunk" seriously sent chills up my spine, it was such a beautiful song. The Bolland's husband-wife harmonizing was epic and makes me fantasize about touring the world with my talented other half (where for art thou?).
Buy their album(s) and check out their tour dates: thebollands.com