Testimonials



 

“Jim Hollis is the quintessential musician! His musical talent and engaging personality are a delightful blend which results in a huge success whether the audience is large or small. Jim draws out the singer and dancer in everyone who sees him perform. Families here along with the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice really look forward to his work. Our hearts are joyful every time he entertains. Much obliged, Jim!”

Michele Holton – Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice


“It’s a great feeling when you take a chance on an unknown and come out a winner…I did just that! Based on Jim’s bio I hired him “sight unseen” to play at my wife’s 60th birthday party. I can only say that Jim is everything, and then some! Jim is by far one of the best house party entertainers I have ever seen. If you have family and friends who enjoy good music and a fun time, Jim will not disappoint you!”

Bruce Smith – Londonderry, NH


“After reading all of the great testimonials on his website, I decided to email Jim to ask if he could come to my home to play for my mom’s 67th birthday party. I did not give him a lot of notice and didn’t think he’d be able to do it, but he made an extra special effort to be there, even though he had houseguests and lots going on at his own home. Talk about going the extra mile! Ours was a small family gathering (not a “real” party) but my mom loves music and I knew Jim’s performance would be a wonderful surprise for her. Needless to say, she absolutely loved it! He played a mix of oldies—perfect for my mom. The great thing was that the song choices were also perfect for the rest of the group, which included a seventy-one-year-old husband, some 40-somethings, and even a seven-year-old kid! Everyone had such a good time. It was the perfect addition to the evening and something new, different, and fun that will be a family memory for many years to come. It was our own special little concert right in our living room and it was a HUGE hit. I highly recommend Jim. I’ll be calling him again and telling friends all about him! If you’re considering hiring him, do it! You won’t be disappointed.”

Jenny Merritt – Lebanon, NH


“I was thrilled to have been lucky enough to have Jim Hollis entertain at my husband’s 70th birthday party. We had been to a wedding and my husband asked for his card. Fortunately I saved the card and gave him a call. He was the talk of the party. Everyone loved him, and a few people wanted to know how they could contact him for future parties. He is a very talented entertainer. He made the night perfect. Thank you Jim, You rock!!!”

Laura Daniels – Lebanon, NH


“Well…I have thrown many parties, and this one tops them…I thought you did a fantastic job…You know your music…I think everyone had a GREAT time. I hope we can do this again next year!”

Sue Tremblay – Sunapee, NH


Dear Jim, My husband and I want to thank you so much for playing at the after-party of our wedding. The night was filled with the most important things in life: family, friends, and great music. My father Bill Calcagni has been a fan of yours since first hearing you play at the Wobbly Barn years ago. He has always told me the key to any party is first and foremost the music (then the food, and always ensuring the beer is cold.) You kept the party going all night and played all of our favorites. Thank you!

Aileen and Michael Naughton

September 8, 2007

West Hampton Beach, New York


We were very fortunate to have Jim Hollis perform at our recent event held on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. Jim’s performance added immeasurably to the celebration. He kept the mood light and festive and entertained us all with his wit, humor and amazing talent. He is a true professional who clearly sizes up his audience and adjusts to keep the party going. Jim shifted gears on-the-spot when we transitioned from lunch to partying and finally to presentations. He was subtle background music when we needed him to be and the center of attention when that was called for as well. He was instrumental (no pun intended) to the overall success of our event. Our heartfelt thanks go out to him.

Elizabeth Schulte – “Sarahndipity” Walk

9/22/07 for New Hampshire Make-a-Wish Foundation


Next, we had Jim Hollis, a local singer and guitarist, who is quickly becoming a favorite with the Quail Hollow crowd. Jim is big on Rock and Roll and Folk music and apparently knows how to get his audience to “swing” along, as he performs our favorites from Elvis to John Denver. Right now, Jim has a summer contract with Mount Washington Cruises but we hope to have him back soon!

Brigitte Gordon – Quail Hollow Retirement Community – Hanover, NH


I want to thank you so much for creating the atmosphere that you did for my husband’s 60th birthday party. Everyone that I have spoken to had a great time. Some said that in many years at other parties, they never saw some of the family members dance until that night. You did a great job, Jim! I’m looking for another excuse to have you for another party! We love your personality, voice, and choice of music! Thanks so much!

Debbie Paronto – Orford, NH


…We were fortunate enough to have Jim play at my husband’s recent 40th birthday party. Even though Mother Nature was less than cooperative with our plans for an outdoor party, Jim kept smiles on every face. He is not only an extraordinary singer and musician, his sense of humor and incredible wit kept everyone laughing and dancing in the rain! Since my husband is also a musician, we have been involved in the local music scene for years and have had the opportunity to see many performers. But Jim goes so far beyond that; he is a true entertainer in all senses of the word. He is among the most talented, professional, flexible (even willing to play in our garage!), versatile, gracious and personable entertainers in New England. (A bit crazy too, which made him a perfect fit for our party!) He will definitely be our first call next time we are planning an event. Thank you, Jimmy, for making our day truly special and memorable!

Karen & Tom Blake – Merrimack, NH


…Jim performed at the 25th reunion for our Dartmouth Class of 1981 in Hanover. He provided the perfect background music for our class tent and was very sensitive to the fact that people were busy talking and catching up with each other after so many years. Jim performed a wide variety of music selections from our “era” which we really enjoyed. It was a wonderful setting that will be remembered by all for a very long time.

Lynne Gaudet – Assistant Director, Alumni Leadership – Dartmouth College


…We were lucky enough to procure Jim Hollis to entertain for a surprise birthday party held at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, NH. From beginning to end, Jim did an outstanding job. When he needed to be background, he was, and when we needed him to be the spotlight he was that too. He gauged the crowds musical interests, which was not an easy task, as they ranged from age 14 to age 85 – he pleased everyone! Even folks from another room came by to see who our DJ was for the evening. There were several times when we thought he was playing a CD only to look up and see it was Jim singing and strumming his guitar. What a talent! We were also fortunate to have seen him as part of the opening act for The Beach Boys several years ago. We wished he had been the only act. We look forward to seeing him at many more events around town as we have been singing his praises since that wonderful evening. “Thanks, Jim!”

Randy and Dodie Cameron – Bedford, NH


…I recently was “surprised” with a 60th birthday party that Jim provided the music for. My wife and I had seen Jim last March at the Wobbly Barn in Killington, VT and absolutely loved his music and style. So I was not only surprised by a great party with all my friends and family, but I was really surprised to see Jim. Everyone raved about him and had a great time. He had 9 year olds dancing a special dance as well as the adults. In addition to Jim’s great talent, he loves to talk to all the people and I know he makes them feel at ease “talking with the DJ.” I would recommend Jim for any occasion as he always does a super job. He played all our favorite oldies, and his singing & playing were outstanding.

Joe and Sue Kalentek – North Adams, Massachusetts


Dear Jim,

…On June the 14th, we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Gracie, Skip and I had the outmost pleasure to have you perform for us and our guests. You made this day as perfect as one could ever expect. Your music selection was beyond our expectations, together with live performance. Again, we thank you as an entertainer and may we say, as a friend.

George and Gracie Vokey – Newington, NH


Jim – We thank you so much for the wonderful performance at our wedding. You are organized, professional, personable and fun. We appreciate everything you did to contribute to our magical day!

Jason & Shayne Hill – Chester, VT


Attending the April Evening Opening (dinner and music) at the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon, NH, as always, was a wonderful event and made even more enjoyable when the entertainment for the evening was provided by the incredibly gifted musician, Jim Hollis. This was the first friends and I had been exposed to Jim and his amazing talents and in no time at all, we were tapping our feet to the beat of old-school rock music, and we just never stopped. With Jim’s wit and humor, along with his tremendously gifted musical talents, the momentum and fun of the evening continued to escalate. Before the evening was over, more people were on the dance floor then I have ever witnessed at a Senior Center event. It was truly a wonderful evening. If you’ve not have the opportunity to hear Jim for yourself, check his Website to see where he’ll be entertaining this summer. It is my understanding that Jim will be back at Lebanon’s Upper Valley Senior Center for the September 13th Evening Opening. Come on out for the event and hear for yourself what outstanding entertainment Jim Hollis is capable of performing. You won’t be disappointed!

Jodi Austin – Lebanon, NH


…Jim Hollis played in the trio “The Fossils” for our annual Dartmouth Hitchcock Service Club function this past May. I thought they were great and we received many compliments on the band. We loved the music and the humor between songs, I could not recommend these guys any higher!

Melissa Leenders, Director of Human Resources – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center – Lebanon, NH


…Jim Hollis performed with fellow entertainer Joe McDonald at our “Welcome Party” for all the out of town guests coming in for our daughter’s wedding. Jim’s talent and ability to read a crowd is exactly why he is so successful. The party started out on roar and went from there. Everyone at the party was “AT” the party and having a ball, including my 82 year old mother who was leading the congo line around the tent. Thanks Jim, can’t wait to do it again!!! I will organize my next event to fit into your schedule!

Jodi Nelson – Woodward Group Sales – Lincoln, NH


…Dear Jim, Thank you for your performance last night. The children dancing on the hill, captured everything that I had hoped the evenings of “Open Air” concert performances would bring. We really appreciate your emails and will keep you on our list of entertainers. Have a wonderful summer!

Janna Genereaux – Proprietor, Upper Valley Event Center – Norwich, VT


…Hey Jim, Thanks for making the Gangi Family Reunion so enjoyable. Your talents that night did not go unrecognized and I have had several family members ask if you were going to perform next year! I told them you are a busy man, but I will do my best to hire you again! You truly are a gifted performer.

Mike DiRienzo, c/o The Gangi Family


…I had the good fortune to hear Jim sing at a friend’s surprise 50th birthday party and asked if Jim would be available for my husband’s surprise 60th birthday party in January. Fortunately, he was available and we had a blast. Jim asked if my husband had any favorite artists and Buddy Holly came to mind. Jim took it upon himself to learn many of Holly’s songs and his performance was awesome! We sang, we danced and had an awesome time. Jim Hollis is the best kept secret in the Upper Valley! Book him early, because the word is out! Thanks, Jim.

Dianne and Stephen Buskey – Hanover, New Hampshire


…Jim helped us kick off our noontime coffeehouse series, and did a spectacular job! The students and staff loved him, his choice of songs was outstanding, and his quick wit entertained us all. He is a true professional in every sense of the word, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him for any event.

Jim Britton – New Hampshire Community Technical College – Claremont, NH


…We thank you so much. You manage to put a bright spot in our day. Thanks for sharing your time and talents.

Anna Yeager, Director of Activities – Upper Valley Senior Center – Lebanon, NH


Rave reviews from the group you entertained last Sunday night! As I explained, I took a chance on an unknown and could not be happier with just how perfect it all worked out – you vastly exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your great talent and for being so accommodating and easy-going.

Jeanne Matos – South Woodstock, VT