Holus Bolus means ‘All At Once’. Holus Bolus is one person, multi-instrumentalist Tom Boylan. Referrred to as the "One-Man-Psychedelic-Acousti-loop" artist, Holus Bolus is the modern take on what a one-man-band is in this day and age. Outfitted with a small drum-kit and an acoustic guitar with some foot pedals, Holus Bolus builds songs one layer at a time, coalescing into one sound that’s acoustic-psychedelic groove-rock. “It’s like a philosopher-juggler….you throw up one ball at a time until you get a good thing going, then vocalize about life, love, aliens, and existence….all at once”, says Tom.
Based in Crescent City, CA, Holus Bolus has toured extensively throughout the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest for the last 10-odd years building a devoted audience of people who love live music. In 2016, Holus Bolus not only continued touring throughout the west, from Washington to New Mexico, but also performed at multiple festivals, including the Sawtooth Valley Gathering in Stanley, ID, The Wool Festival in Taos, NM, and the Barter Faire in Takilma, OR. In 2017, Holus Bolus performed at The Sawtooth Valley Gathering alongside acts Dead Winter Carpenters, Brothers Comatose, and many other acts as well as performing at The 49th annual Art One The Green Festival in Coeur d'Alene, ID at North Idaho College. In 2019 Holus Bolus performed at a the Dog Days Brewfest in Brookings, OR, headlined the Music On Main concert series in downtown Butte, MT and performed at the Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, MT between acts Scott Pemberton Trio and Leftover Salmon. In October 2019 Holus Bolus will be performing on the main stage at the 2019 Y2K19 International Live Looping Festival in Santa Cruz, CA!
Holus Bolus has released three full-length albums, The Work Of The Ether (2010), and Time Machine (2012), and Possible Lives (2018) as well as an E.P., 100 Feet Tall under the shortened name of HoBo in 2013. Holus Bolus released the live album, "Live From The Western Edge" in March 2020! Holus Bolus continues to push modern recording, touring, performing, and instrumentalism to the next level.
BLOG REVIEW OF LIVE SHOW (From the Sawtooth Valley Gathering):
"....Holus Bolus kicked off Saturday’s music schedule and was the most pleasantly surprising act of the festival for me. Having never heard of him, I woke up to his music Saturday morning and thought at first that it was just a campsite next to me playing some old Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders. After soon realizing that it was a little too spacey and modern sounding to be Jerry & Merl, I got out of my tent and saw that it was actually just a one man band. Self-described as “One-Man-Psychedelic-Acousti-loop” and acoustic psychedelic groove-rock, he’s not easy to peg down, but that gives you the jist. Everything is done with his guitar, some foot pedals, and a small drum-kit, but was still somehow enough to convince me I had been listening to people playing a full band through their campsite speakers...."
-By Mitch Melheim (From www.musicmarauders.com) (http://www.musicmarauders.com/2017/08/sawtooth-valley-gathering-728-72917.html)
Fan review from Amazon.com (France) of 2010's, The Work Of The Ether album:
"The masterpiece of Tom Boylan, the 'one man band' from Crescent City, California. In fact, it is he who does everything in this album: vocals, guitars, bass and drums. The sound 'modern psychadelic' is the rendezvous. A delight for the ears and mind. To listen for those moments when you want to be relaxed. For me, it is especially at night or after a day of surfing in Lacanau. For the price, you can not go wrong. Everything is, therefore, do not hesitate. This album represents the work that is several years in the berceux rock psychadelic: Northern California. Recommended for those looking for an album with his original and touching. Bravo, Tom.
David James TILLOTSON III
-From Amazon.com (France)
HALF MOON BAY REVIEW NEWSPAPER - 6/27/18