Folk duo The Bollands hit the city

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Glo­be­trot­ting Kiwi folk duo, The Bollands, re­turn to New Zealand for a na­tion­wide tour with sup­port from USA band Mero. They’ll per­form at The Dark Room in Palmer­ston North at 8pm, March 12.

The hus­band and wife act, who’ve been liv­ing out of suit­cases and trav­el­ling the world since 2012, have played in venues and fes­ti­vals through­out the world but have yet to do a na­tional tour of New Zealand.

‘‘We’ve been so busy over the past few years that the op­por­tu­nity to play back home just didn’t hap­pen,’’ says The Bollands’ pi­anist and drum­mer Joyce. ‘‘While we were in Port­land, Ore­gon in the USA, we got talk­ing to the guys from the band Mero about how lovely New Zealand is and we de­cided to plan and do a tour to­gether in sum­mer 2016.’’

The Bollands play foot-stomp­ing folk mu­sic, and they’ve gained a rep­u­ta­tion for their earthy en­er­getic live shows and hon­est melodic bal­lads. They have re­cently been on the road in China and the USA with award-win­ning singer song­writer, Vi­enna Teng.

‘‘Last year we played in about 30 cities in China,’’ says Joyce. ‘‘At first we strug­gled be­ing on the road all the time. It can be a real cul­ture shock, but we’ve got­ten used to it and it’s an amaz­ing priv­i­lege to have peo­ple open their lives up to us and let us sing to them.’’

The Bollands will be shar­ing the night with USA dream pop band Mero.

‘‘I think it will be a pretty mag­i­cal night,’’ says Joyce. ‘‘Mero have such a dis­tinct and beau­ti­ful sound, I’m re­ally ex­cited.’’

The Bollands mu­sic, videos and tour dates are avail­able at www.the­bol­lands.com.

The Dark Room is Cen­tre­point Theatre’s venue-for-hire, show­cas­ing the lat­est and great­est mu­sic, events and theatre with a fringe.

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