TAHLEQUAH – At the very heart of the "folkgrass" phenomenon is a duo known as Still on the Hill (Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Stjerna). This exciting duo will be making a stop at Northeastern State University on Monday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Redbud Room. The concert is free and open to the public.
They have been making waves all over the U.S., Canada and Europe with their hard-to-classify style that falls somewhere between folk and bluegrass.
Many writers have tried to describe Still on the Hill but no one has captured their essence more eloquently than Julie Koehler-review editor for Bluegrass Now.
“These musicians have grafted the wild climbing vines of bluegrass, folk, classical and mountain music onto the hardiest of Ozark rootstock,” said Koehler. “The result is a yet-to-be-named hybrid music that compels people to stop and listen, to pause in their hectic lives and pay attention to something they’ve never heard before. It's magic, and there's simply not enough magic in the world today.”
Visually, Still on the Hill is full of color and motion: they command their instruments with power and grace, producing a sound that is both fresh and ancient at the same time. Lyrically, their original material is packed with new ideas, social awareness and a level of intellect and consciousness that's seldom found in contemporary tunes.
Still on the Hill has proved itself a favorite at many prestigious festivals and venues here and abroad, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and countless others. Their own region, the Ozarks, has voted them "Best Folk Band" for 4 years running and they are now members of the Hall of Fame. The group has produced 5 widely acclaimed CD's and recently signed with Swiss record label Brambus Records for European distribution of their latest Chaos & Calm CD.