'Still on the Hill' bluegrass in NY Mills
Still on the Hill will play bluegrass favorites and their own "folkgrass" compositions at a concert Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
Admission is $12 advance sale and $15 the evening of the concert. Call 385-3339 for information and ticket reservations.
The duo has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, Summerfolk, and many others. Awards Still on the Hill has received include: Member of the Hall of Fame at the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards; several Ozark Music Awards for "Best Folk Group of the Ozarks" and "Best Guitarist" (Kelly).
Since 2001, the Ozarkian duo of Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Stjerna have toured steadily and produced six CDs. Both Kelly and Donna are accomplished songwriters and play a plethora of acoustic instruments including acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica. The group's repertoire is primarily their own original, roots-based compositions (a genre hybrid they term "folkgrass") interspersed with new arrangements of traditional songs. The twosome has also created several very popular children's shows and educational workshops which they perform under the name Toucan Jam.
Kelly Mulhollan - Vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, tenor ukulele, songwriter. Kelly was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and his passion for stringed instruments began at the age of 9 with a gift of a ukulele.
The 70's and 80's found Kelly in countless bands playing rock & roll, bluegrass, jazz, progressive rock, and folk music while studying contemporary classical music, and still always composing and performing his original work as well. He was a founding member of the original Still on the Hill quartet in 1994. He has been voted "Best Guitarist" several times by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards and also contributes mandolin, banjo, harmonica, lead vocals and songwriting to the group.
Donna Stjerna - Vocals, fiddle, cello, mandolin, washboard, mbira, songwriter. Donna grew up in New York and California and began playing the fiddle at the age of 12 after being taken to see the "lady fiddler" in the Eddie Arnold show.
As a teenager, she played and toured the country with her father, a professional country musician, playing fiddle at night and helping him to paint signs during the day. She is a highly prolific songwriter with over 400 songs to her credit and has been the band's principal songwriter since they became a duo in 2001.